By Nicola Wright
Meet the latest innovators, pioneers, and glass ceiling breakers championed by AWS for the role they play in helping the community thrive.
San Jose, USA | Machine Learning Hero | @bluevalhalla
Ed leads technical engagements with strategic partners around machine learning (ML) and Internet of Things (IoT) in his role as Senior Principal Engineer at Arm. And with a passion for all things ML, he also volunteers with the BearID Project, where he helps to develop open-source, ML solutions for non-invasive wildlife monitoring.
As part of his volunteering efforts, Ed is working on a human-in-the-loop ML serverless application called Bearcam Companion, which is all built using AWS Amplify and a number of other AWS AI services. It’s used to identify the famous fat bears on Explore.org’s Brooks Falls Brown Bears webcam. You can find out more about how it works, along with other projects Ed’s working on right now, on his Medium and Dev.to pages.
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Bengaluru, India | Serverless Hero | @zachjonesnoel
Jones Zachariah Noel N is a tech enthusiast who regularly goes above and beyond. Currently a Senior Developer Advocate at Freshworks, Jones previously worked as a Cloud Architect – Serverless, where he focused on designing and architecting solutions built with an AWS Serverless tech stack.
Originally from a traditional server-based background, Jones credits the AWS community for helping him learn and develop since first exploring a Serverless tech stack for a POC application back in 2018. Following this, Jones became a keen advocate for Serverless, helping to build up a Serverless team at his previous organization, Mobil80 Solutions and Services Pvt Ltd.
Saying that Jones gives back to the community is an understatement. With a passion for interaction and knowledge sharing, he co-organizes AWS User Group Bengaluru and regularly writes about AWS Serverless on his Dev.to page, where he dives into new features and different Serverless services to inspire others to upgrade their Serverless applications’ architecture.
An AWS Community Builder, Jones has also spoken at a wide range of major AWS forums, including AWS UGs AWS re:Skill India, AWS Community Day India, AWS Summit India, AND AWS GameDay.
But his work doesn’t end there – far from it! Jones is also a regular contributor to a number of AWS open-source repositories on GitHub, and publishes his own newsletter, ‘Everything AWS, Serverless and Architectures’. As the title suggests, this handy fortnightly newsletter is packed with the latest happenings in Serverless, featuring high-grade content from community contributors, announcements, events, and hacks from Twitter. And if that wasn’t enough, Jones also co-hosts a YouTube podcast, The Zacs’ Show Talking AWS, which covers DevOps and Serverless best practices.
Dublin, Ireland | Serverless Hero | @loige
Luciano lends his talent to many roles across the AWS community. In his profession, he’s a Full-Stack Web Developer and Senior Cloud Architect at fourTheorem, where he also contributes to a number of other open-source projects in Serverless, like SLIC Watch for automated observability.
Outside of his working hours, Luciano is one of the creators of Middy, one of the most popular and widely-adopted middleware-based Node.js frameworks for AWS Lambda. This expertise has also seen him co-author the book Node.js Design Patterns, and even co-host his own podcast, AWS Bites. Driven by his passion for knowledge sharing, Luciano is also a keen tech speaker who has evangelized the adoption of Serverless since its early days.
Budapest, Hungary | Container Hero | LinkedIn
With over 22 years of IT experience working across multiple regions, including Asia, the Middle East, the US, Europe, and the UK, Madhu’s expertise speaks for itself.
In his current role as Principal Cloud Architect and Product Owner (Container Services) for T-Systems International, he leads diverse teams to drive change and deliver business value at scale by assisting a library of customers in their digital transformations and cloud migrations.
With a passion for bringing local and global communities together and sharing knowledge as part of AWS Community Builder and an AWS User Group Leader, Madhu strives to ensure everyone benefits from his extensive experience and expertise.
Wroclaw, Poland | Serverless Hero | @pzubkiewicz
Pawel first came across AWS cloud back in 2016, and it’s safe to say he hasn’t looked back since. Realizing that a cloud-native approach was the future of IT, Pawel changed paths to pursue a career in the cloud, quickly developing a fascination with serverless solutions and, later, AWS cost optimization.
Passionate about sharing his knowledge and introducing Serverless to a wider audience, Pawel started Serverless Polska in 2018, and began publishing a newsletter on Serverless and AWS cloud shortly after. In 2020, he was chosen for the prestigious AWS Community Builders program.
Today, he works as a Cloud Architect and Consultant, assisting organizations in building products on AWS. He continues to share his passion and expertise with the Polish-speaking community both online and as a conference speaker. Take his dev.to page, for example, where he shares valuable Serverless tutorials—when he’s not mountain biking or traveling the world, that is!
Resistencia, Argentina | Container Hero | @RoxsRoss
Rossana is a DevOps consultant and trainer, working with teams of developers and DevOps engineers to improve their existing processes for automations, CI/CD, containerization, and orchestration.
Driven by her love for breaking down complicated topics to help more people understand them, Rossana runs the 295Devops YouTube channel, where she shares her insights and expertise on a range of DevOps topics. She’s also a frequent speaker on Containers technologies at AWS Community Days, ContainersDays, and more. Her aim is to inspire more people to join the field and, by equipping them with the foundational knowledge they need, make it easier to get their foot in the door when pursuing a cloud career.
She’s also passionate about levelling the field by creating more opportunities and better representation across the community. And so, Rosanna presents at Women in Technology’s local meetups to encourage more women to pursue careers in DevOps, and also helps out with AWS Girls Argentina, a space for learning and inclusion for women from different fields to explore AWS services.
Seoul, Korea | Community Hero | @geoseong_dev
TaeSeong is a Front End Engineer and Unity Mobile Developer at IDEASAM, passionate about all things React, Serverless, and DevOps.
With a love for learning and sharing this knowledge with the wider community, TaeSeong not only regularly contributes on his GitHub page, but he has also spoken at major AWSKRUG community events, as well as leading hands-on labs on building a front-end mobile app on AWS Amplify.
Having been a proud AWS Community Builder for two years, TaeSong has spent the last five organizing the AWSKRUG Group, leading the AWSKRUG Gudi meetup and being an enthusiastic speaker and supporter of other AWSKRUG meetups.
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Vancouver, Canada | Community Hero | @adv4000
A seven-time AWS certified Solutions Architect at OpsGuru, Denis’s day-to-day sees him automating and developing a range of cloud solutions using Terraform. He’s also an accomplished vlogger, having garnered more than 70,000 subscribers and over 7,000,000 views on his YouTube channel, where he shares his know-how about all things DevOps and AWS. Denis’s channel is a valuable asset, and one of the most popular free resources of AWS and DevOps information in the Russian-speaking cloud community.
Tampa, US | Severless Hero | @ivlo11
An AWS veteran with more than 15 years of software development under her belt, Ivonne is currently a Principal Software Engineer at Edelman Financial Engines. Ivonne has been building serverless apps for over five years, and has developed expertise across a number of areas including building prototypes, establishing reference architectures, and developing mission-critical production workloads. Well-known for sharing her knowledge with the software engineering community, Ivonne runs both a popular blog and a YouTube channel dedicated to making serverless architecture more accessible.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | Community Hero | @kaushikmohanraj
A cloud fanatic with almost a decade of experience across the cloud space—and a total of 10 AWS certifications to him name—Kaushik is Director of Operations and Sales for Blazeclan Technologies, Malaysia. With a wealth of experience in architecting cloud solutions, Kaushik has led on multiple cloud-native and digital transformation projects for customers all over the world. He’s also a keen disseminator of AWS knowledge, and dedicates a lot of time to helping others build their own careers in the cloud. A co-organizer of AWS User Group Malaysia since 2019, he’s also co-director of Women In Big Data’s Malaysia Chapter, which offers a platform for Women in Technology, and is a regular event speaker in his role as an AWS APN Ambassador.
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Utrecht, The Netherlands | DevTools Hero | @donkersgood
A solutions architect and software developer, Luc works as a Lead Engineer at the Dutch national postal service, where he designs and develops serverless architectures that help process millions of the country’s parcels. Luc is a huge fan of emerging tech, and is passionate about sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm with others in the tech space. As well as speaking at events, on podcasts, and contributing to blogs, Luc has also created his own 16-session video learning course on YouTube, and is the creator of the AWS Blogs Twitter Bot. Busy man!
Taipei City, Taiwan | Community Hero | LinkedIn
Rick is an AWS veteran of almost a decade, who has been using the platform’s core services to build and deliver OMO solutions for thousands of customers since 2015. Rick is currently a Senior Technical Manager at 91APP, where he and his team are responsible for not only building infrastructure on AWS, but managing cost, DevOps, and security. Rick’s commitment to helping other developers upskill saw him found SRE Taiwan four years ago. The group now has over 3,600 members that share best practices, content and host study group meetups.
Douala, Cameroon | Serverless Hero | @atehrosius
Rosius is a relative newcomer to AWS, having first started working with the platform in 2020 after being introduced to it by a friend who co-organizes an AWS User Group. As a software developer at serverless consulting firm Serverless Guru, Rosius has been building apps for customers for eight years, and since first discovering AWS, has been documenting his journey on his blog. He’s also a regular speaker at AWS meetups and in AWS Community Voices video shows and webinars, where he shares his experiences getting to grips with AWS and building serverless web and mobile apps.
Bandung, Indonesia | Community Hero | @boedybios
An academic and lecturer at Maranatha Christian University, Indonesia, Budi’s areas of interest include data science, optimization, and environmental monitoring. His love of knowledge-sharing is evident both inside and outside the classroom; as well as being a lecturer, he also runs a YouTube channel providing computer science-related learning materials, and is working on building out additional materials through weekly streaming sessions. Budi is also an accomplished speaker, having presented at such tech events as PyConID 2019, and has appeared on a number of podcasts and tech talk shows like Machine Learning ID, NUNI, Ceritanya Developer, DeepTech Talks, and Kota Kode.
São Paulo, Brazil | Machine Learning Hero | @vfcarida
An Engineer with a Masters and a PhD in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, Vini is Head of Digital Customer Service Platforms, PCP, WFM, Data, and AI at the largest bank in the Southern Hemisphere and a Professor for MBA Machine Learning, Data, and BI programs at FIAP. When it comes to sharing his know-how with others, social media, YouTube, and AWS Meetups (like AWS User Group São Paulo, where he’s a community leader) are Vini’s weapons of choice. He’s also a community leader at open source machine learning framework TensorFlow São Paulo.
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Tampere, Finland | Data Hero | @anahit_fi
A Lead Cloud Software Engineer at AWS Advanced Consulting Partner (and one of Finland’s largest digital transformation firms) Solita, Anahit has over ten years’ experience in the software architecture field. After cutting her teeth building on-premise, she began working in the cloud and now primarily works with AWS Data and Serverless platforms. Anahit is a regular writer, podcast guest, and speaker at local user groups and international tech events alike, where she can often be found discussing one of her pet subjects; AWS Kinesis and its integrations with serverless architecture.
Gothenburg, Sweden | Data Hero | @iAnuragKale
Another new Data Hero, Anurag is a certified AWS Solutions Architect — Associate, and a Cloud Consultant at Cybercom Group. In this role, Anurag works to create data-led solutions for customers, and is a particular fan of DynamoDB and Amazon Aurora. A significant presence in the AWS data space, he regularly shares his knowledge on social media, is co-organizer of the AWS User Group Pune, and helped host and run AWS Community Day Pune 2020 and AWS Community Day India 2020 – Virtual Edition. Anarug has also spoken at AWS Community Day Nordics 2020, along with various AWS Meetups, and was recently crowned a Next Generation Global Cloud Thought Leader by Whizlabs!
Kyiv, Ukraine | Container Hero | @setevoy2
A DevOps pro and 15 year veteran of the IT industry, Arseny is currently DevOps Team Lead and Data Security Officer at BetterMe Inc., where he harnesses AWS services like EKS to create robust, scalable solutions. He shares his considerable knowledge on his blog, where he writes about DevOps, system administration, containerization, and cloud computing. Arseny is an active member of Ukraine’s largest DevOps community group, UrkOps. He spends his spare time helping others achieve their digital solution goals using AWS, containers, and DevOps methodology.
Istanbul, Turkey | Community Hero | @azmimengu
An AWS cloud development professional for five years, Azmi specializes in serverless, containers, data, and storage services. He’s currently a Senior Software Engineer at Armut/HomeRun, and when he’s not developing great cloud solutions, he can be found blogging, organizing, and speaking at events. He’s co-organized and spoken at more than 50 events to date, both virtual and in-person, including the inaugural ServerlessDays Istanbul and various AWS Community Day Turkey events. Azmi is also on the organizing committee of the Cloud and Serverless Turkey community.
Ima, Perú | Community Hero | cortez.cloud
Carlos Cortez is the true embodiment of an AWS Community Hero, with a laundry list of firsts to his name. A certified AWS professional and CTO of CENNTI, he’s the organizer of Perú’s two largest AWS events to date: AWS Community Day Lima 2019 and AWS UG Perú Conference in 2021. He’s also the founder and leader of AWS User Group Perú, and creator of the first Latam AWS podcast Imperio Cloud, and the Al día con AWS podcast. Passionate about creating content on emerging technologies, he founded Twitch show #DeepFridays to focused on AI and machine learning technology.
Santa Cruz, USA | Machine Learning Hero | LinkedIn
A CEO, entrepreneur, inventor, and 2019 AWS DeepRacer Summit race winner, Chris is a technical wizard with a huge range of specialisms across software, hardware, AI and machine learning, and IT operations. As well as running AWS Select partner Cloud Brigade, Chris has also worked with AWS AI/ML teams on DeepLens and DeepRacer projects, including The Poopinator, an automated system that uses ML to spot (and deter) dogs who might be about to leave an unexpected gift on your lawn. No stranger to wild projects and hackathons, he counts the creation of an automated beer brewery, developing an animatronic ventriloquist dummy, and winning a Cardboard Boat Race among his many colorful achievements!
Brussels, Belgium | DevTools Hero | @glnds
A Cloud Solution Architect at DPG Media, Gert has been laser-focused on building and deploying cloud-native apps for more than eight years. As part of the program committee for major tech event Devoxx, Gert helps deliver quality cloud-focused sessions, and is also a regular blogger and sharer of code on GitHub. Gert’s blog is packed with top tips and under-the-hood secrets to help developers and cloud engineers with tasks like logging, debugging, error handling, and Infrastructure as Code. An early advocate of the cookie-cutter approach to AWS CloudFormation, he also helped create a collection of templates to make the migration of apps to AWS faster and easier.
Beijing, China | Machine Learning Hero | @wulei_bj_cn
A blogger, lecturer, and deep learning aficionado, Lei heads up the machine learning team at FreeWheel; a role that sees him work to promote services like Amazon SageMaker, EC2, S3, EMR, RDS, and Athena. A dedicated knowledge-sharer, as well as lecturing as part of one of the biggest IT learning platforms in China, he also publises blogs on ML and big data for infoQ. He’s shared his love of all things machine learning at several tech events too, including Spark Summit China, World Artificial Intelligence Conference, AWS Innovate AI/ML edition, and AWS re:Invent.
Hamamatsu, Japan | Serverless Hero | @hide04241990
A Developer at Startup Technology Inc., Hidetoshi works to develop systems using AWS. As an active member of the Japan AWS User Group, he even developed a distribution site for JAWS-UG’s largest event, using a web of AWS services to create a serverless distribution system that delivered top-quality video streaming for the event’s nearly 4,000 participants! He’s a regular author on web magazine builders.flash, where his articles are among the most-viewed posts. In the wake of the global pandemic, he put his serverless skills to outstanding use for the community, building an information delivery site to help restaurants suffering the effects of the crisis. His efforts earned him coverage in several Japanese media outlets.
Nuremberg, Germany | Machine Learning Hero | @_philschmid
AI and deep learning pro Philipp is a Machine Learning and Tech Lead at Hugging Face, where his role involves creating accessible AI solutions using open source. Specializing in Natural Language Processing, he develops cloud-native ML tools to overcome business challenges. Adept at deploying NLP models using Lambda, he’s also a big fan of Amazon SageMaker and its capacity to make ML easier and more manageable—you can hear him share his passion for these platforms at various tech events, including Data Science on AWS, and via his blog where he writes about all things machine learning, NLP, and serverless.
Milan, Italy | Community Hero | @CloudSimo
Not content with being CEO and CTO at AWS Advanced Consulting Partner beSharp, and a professor of cloud computing at The University of Pavia, Simone is also the co-founder of the first-ever Italian AWS User Group (launched way back in 2012!). Specializing in cloud infrastructures, continuous deployment, backup and disaster recovery, serverless, cloud security, and networking, Simone shares his knowledge as editor and contributor for Proud2beCloud, a technical blog designed to drive the adoption of cloud technologies. He’s also an APN Ambassador and a regular speaker at events and user groups; he also organizers AWS User Group Milan.
Lyon, France | Machine Learning Hero | LinkedIn
Author, professor, DataSquad Team Leader, and Amazon SageMaker superfan Virginie is a data and AI expert who works to help clients get maximum value from their data using AWS big data and data engineering platforms. Virginie has long been at the cutting-edge of the AI space, earning a dual master’s degree in computer science and artificial intelligence, and sharing her knowledge with graduate students for a decade before bringing the power of AI to TeamWork. She’s written numerous books and articles for AI enthusiasts of all ability levels, and is also an advocate for women in tech, working to make the data world a more diverse and inclusive place.
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia | Container Hero | @walidshaari
An Analytics Platform Engineer at Saudi Aramco, Walid collects certifications for fun, with badges including AWS Certified Associate Solutions Architect, Certified Kubernetes Administrator, Certified Kubernetes Application Developer, and Red Hat Certified Architect level IV to his name. A community superstar, he is the community lead for Dammam Cloud-native AWS User Group, and co-organized the first AWS Community Day MENA in 2020, where he also presented. Walid is a Kubernetes cheerleader and maintains content on GitHub for certified Kubernetes specialists to encourage knowledge sharing and collaboration within the container field.
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