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I’m not quite clear on what the ROS Ambassador would be expected to do and what they would get out of it. They get free access to your courses, so are they expected to sell those courses to others?
Glad you asked that!
Ambassadors will not have to sell anything. This is not a series of MeetUps to sell ROS courses. It is a series of MeetUps to teach ROS.
Of course, to teach the lessons, Ambassadors and attendants will be using the Robot Ignite Academy since it is the only tool available that allows to do such an event on the spot, and because we are the sponsors of the event and we want people to know about our excellent product.
That is the exact procedure we have followed in previous MeetUps.
As an Ambassador, they will have to hold a MeetUp. That is an informal meeting of people with shared interest about learning or teaching ROS fast. On basic ROS MeetUps, Ambassadors will have to give a practical talk (like a class) about how ROS works, what are the main points to learn, and they will learn the first subject (how to work with topics). Other more advanced MeetUps concentrate on teaching superior subjects like OpenAI with ROS, Autonomous Cars with ROS or How to Build the URDF of Your Robot (in preparation).
Related to what the Ambassadors will get:
They will learn ROS. A lot! : In order to do the MeetUps they will have to become experts in ROS. For that, they will have free access to our Academy as well as access to our team for support.
They will have training on how to hold a teaching event (and a lot of practise!)
They will be part of our team.
Just to add something more on that, our next MeetUp will be about ROS-Industrial 101 and will be broadcasted online in real time, if anyone wants to check.
Just wanted to update that the ROS Ambassadors program has already started. The following MeetUps have been scheduled (you are free to attend to any of those if you are in the area):
24th July 2017 -> Introducing ROS for robots: basic concepts (Kerala, India)
2nd August 2017 -> How to start with ROS for robots (Santo André, Brazil)
8th August 2017 -> An introduction to ROS programming for robots (Cambridge, UK)
22nd August 2017 -> Basic ROS for programming robots (Kontich, Belgium)
The ROS Ambassadors program is still open (and always will), anybody can apply to it. Check how to apply here.