Calico Big Cats ambassador program

Share your passion for Calico Open Source with the Project Calico community


Are you passionate about Project Calico and its community? Do you recognize Calico’s value in the open-source networking and security domain? If you answered “YES!” and are willing to help other users learn about the Project Calico community, we invite you to become a Big Cat by joining the Calico Big Cats ambassador program.

What’s involved?

We created the ambassador program to empower community members with resources and tools, and to reward our most loyal and enthusiastic users.

The role of a Big Cat

  • Be a resource for Project Calico community members
  • Help local Calico users learn more about Project Calico
  • Represent the Project Calico community publicly

Big Cat rewards

Big Cats will have access to exclusive perks, such as:

  • Annual swag pack
  • Calico Big Cats exclusive jersey
  • Calico Big Cat Badge to share on your social media

Please note that Ambassador Rewards are granted at the discretion of Tigera, may change at any time, and have no cash value.

How can I become an ambassador?

To participate in the Calico Big Cats program, you must be a Project Calico user and be interested in contributing to the community in one (or more) of the following ways:

  • Speaking at community events
  • Participating in meetups
  • Contributing to Calico content (e.g. answering questions on Project Calico related forums, writing blog posts and open-source code)

By participating in this program, you agree to our term of use along with the Project Calico Code of Conduct.

Register Here​

Meet the Calico Big Cats

Geoff BurkeSenior Cloud Solutions Architect, Tsunati

"Kubernetes Network Security is a GO, when you leverage Tigera’s Calico!" Geoff Burke has 20 years of IT experience, 12 years in Data Protection. He is a Calico Big Cat Ambassador, Veeam Vanguard and a Veeam Legend. Geoff is always looking for new educational resources for continuous learning and has CKA, CKS, CKAD, KCNA, Calico Operator Level 1 and Calico Operator Azure expert certifications.

Ompragash ViswanathanSenior Software Engineer, Harness

"Project Calico is my go to CNI plugin for Kubernetes Infra and the community is literally awesome with great learning resources, documentation and active collaboration!" Ompragash has a panache for automation and works for Harness as a Senior Software Engineer. At home you will find him busy tinkering with Ansible or writing pipelines automating complex routines. He can be found on GitHub @ompragash.

Jurgen AllewijnCloud Architect, Luminis

"Calico helps me create secure Kubernetes environments." Working in IT since 1992. Always had a focus on the infrastructure side of IT. Passionate about virtualization, cloud (native), and Kubernetes. Currently working as the lead cloud architect of the Azure-based cloud platform of the City of Amsterdam.