CNCF Ambassador Application

Cloud Native Ambassadors (CNAs) are credible advocates for the cloud native ecosystem, driven by their passion for CNCF technologies and projects, as well as furthering the mission of open source.

Ambassadors are an extension of CNCF, furthering the mission of “making cloud native ubiquitous” through community leadership and mentorship. 

As we approach 2023, the prestigious CNA program has been refreshed and we are now accepting applications for spring 2023. Could you be the newest CNA? If you have a track record of significant and impactful contributions to the cloud native community, we invite you to check out the responsibilities and requirements to apply below:

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The Cloud Native Ambassador program will empower an exclusive group of community leaders with support, training, mentorship, guidance, and rewards to

  • Engage and enable our community through stimulating events, content, and mentoring
  • Improve the experience and reduce friction for community members
  • Foster strong community collaboration and relationships
  • Attract and onboard new community members
  • Provide valuable input and feedback to the CNCF about community programs and initiatives
  • Promote cloud native technologies and CNCF projects globally


Program requirements for becoming an official Cloud Native Ambassador are:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Willing to Annually review and sign the Ambassador Standards of Excellence
  • Must participate in at least one of the following areas of expertise:
    • An active contributor to a CNCF project:
    • A SIG or TAG member
    • An active leader in the community with a minimum of 1 year of experience in:
      • Organizing events (virtual/in-person)
      • Speaking at events
      • Mentoring others 
      • Creating content (e.g., blogs, videos, etc.)


As a CNA, you are also eligible for Ambassador specific benefits and perks provided by the CNCF, such as:

  • Gain recognition for your expertise and contributions to the community
  • Network with equally passionate Ambassadors globally
  • Receive support, funding, and/or training from the CNCF for hosting events, speaking, creating content, or mentoring others
  • Receive discount codes for you to attend CNCF-sponsored events
  • Partner with CNCF staff to gain insight and provide input to community initiatives
  • Enjoy exclusive benefits, swag, and giveaways

Important Dates

Important DatesSpring ApplicationsFall Applications
Applications OpenThursday, December 15, 2022July  2023
Applications CloseSunday, February 26, 2023,
11:59 pm PST
Sunday, September 10, 2023,
11:59 pm PDT
Application NotificationsMid-March 2023October 2023
Ambassadors AnnouncedWednesday, April 19, 2023
(KubeCon + CloudNativeCon EU 2023)
Tuesday, November 7, 2023
(KubeCon + CloudNativeCon NA 2023)
Ambassadorship StartMarch 2023October 2023
Ambassadorship EndMarch 2024October 2024

Have a question? Read the Ambassadors Frequently Asked Questions.