Last year the Ambassadors Program started as an experiment, with select CartoDB users receiving slight upgrades to their accounts. Since then, we have been watching our program grow and find ourselves constantly amazed at the level of talent and passion of our Ambassadors. We like to think that the upgraded Ambassadors accounts (more storage, more layers, sync tables, etc.) have played a part in this. ;)
Because we love what we’ve seen thus far, we are now expanding the Ambassadors Program!
Beyond offering supercharged accounts, to fuel great mapping projects, we want to help our Ambassadors stay in the center of the community (both locally and globally). In practice, we will support your presence as an Ambassador at workshops, meetups, and conferences. We will help you attend and initiate events in your local communities and beyond. So go to that conference you missed last year, talk about your projects, we’ll support you! Our support also includes exposure on our social networks, blog, and events.
We believe this is a great career boost and an amazing opportunity to showcase your work. This will not only help you become a key player in the CartoDB community, but also in the GIS, data journalism, and open data communities at large.
We’ll also be progressively adding more features to the Ambassadors accounts. For instance, we just added Isolines to new Ambassadors accounts (50 free isolines/month)!
And, on a case-by-case basis, a feature may also be added to an account if a project requires it.
All of the benefits of the program are recapped in the [new Ambassadors page].
What do we ask for in return? Just do amazing maps with CartoDB and share them with the world! The new Ambassador program also requires a bit more commitment than in the past – membership will be reviewed on a periodic basis, and will take into account community involvement and current projects.
Furthermore, the application process got a bit more comprehensive as we are asking candidates to present themselves and their work in short video clips. We have selected our first four Ambassadors for the quality of their work and their impact on the community.
###Lauren Gawne, research linguist (SOAS, University of London)
###Rebecca Lavoie, digital director (New Hampshire Public Radio)
More at @reblavoie.
###James Leon-Dufour, architect (UNHCR)
More at @jamesleondufour.
###Ricardo Saavedra, founder and CEO of Vizonomy
We are very proud to have Lauren, Rebecca, James, and Ricardo as our new Ambassadors, truly making them community partners and collaborators. In the following weeks we’ll be presenting more Ambassadors, with very different stories to tell and experiences to share. Stay tuned!
Do you want to become a part of our Ambassadors Program? [Apply to be an Ambassador now!]
The Ambassadors Program is built for the community, and also by the community: please share with us any feedback you have at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Happy data mapping!
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