Become a Docker Community Leader

We have put a hold on accepting Community Leader applications for the time being. In the meantime please attend an event near you and see if you can help unofficially and learn more.

What are the best practices for launching a Docker Chapter? 

  • Attend similar community events to gain experience and gauge interest in Docker.
  • Contact people interested in Docker to help organize and promote.
  • Research companies in your area willing to host an event.
  • Check out the calendar to find dates that don’t compete with other events.
  • Understand what topics interest your local audience
  • Fill in the Community Leader application form (currently on hold) so the Docker Community team can onboard you properly and set up a Chapter page for your city 
  • Promote the event on social media and invite your peers

How does Docker, Inc. support Docker Community Leaders?

  • We send you some cool SWAG (t-shirts, stickers, etc)
  • We promote every Chapter event on the Docker Weekly newsletter and social media
  • We can help schedule speaking engagements from Docker employees and community members
  • We can connect you with local companies willing to host or sponsor user group events in your area.
  • We faciliate connections between Community Leaders via a private slack channel and Community Leader Summit at every DockerCon

Are there any benefits associated with being a Docker Community Leader?

We see Docker Community Leaders as members of the Docker family. Although there are no direct compensation associated with being a community leaders, we often reward community leaders with free or discounted tickets to DockerCon, special swag, or treat you to a nice lunch (or drinks) when you come visit us at Docker HQ. 

How many attendees usually attend Docker Chapter events?

Docker community events usually range from 30 to 400 attendees depending on the popularity of Docker in your city and the size of the venue we find to accommodate the events.

What’s the standard format of a Docker Community event?

It depends on what suits your local community best! Docker chapter events are usually two or three hours long and start between 4pm and 7pm. We usually have from 1 to up to 3 main talks of about 30 minutes but sometimes adjust the agenda to accommodate 10 minutes lightning talks. Workshop style events or hands-on-labs often work well too!

What are the typical first steps after the chapter page is live?

  • Post a message on one or all of the following Docker User channels: #Docker on IRCDocker on LinkedinDocker on Google+Docker on Reddit, to get people to join your chapter
  • Send an email to the docker-users mailing list including the link to your new chapter page.
  • Look for a company willing to provide the venue
  • Look for potential speakers living in your city
  • Find a date for the first event that does not compete with other local tech groups

Am I allowed to use the Docker logo?

Once you are an official group, you are allowed to use the Docker logo on your chapter page as long as you respect our code of conduct. Review our media kit to choose which versions of the Docker logo you’d like to use.

What happens if I no longer have time to run a Docker User group?

We really appreciate all the contributions to the Docker community. Although we hope to collaborate with you in the long term, we totally understand it if you have to step down as an community leader just reach out and let us know whether or not you’ve found a substitute.

Who should I contact if my company wants to host / sponsor a community event?

We are always looking for new office space to host Docker events or new companies to sponsor food, drinks, swag or video recording. If your company is willing to sponsor a local Docker Chapter, please contact the local Community Leaders directly via their local chapter page on events.docker.com/chapters

Who should I contact if I or one my colleague wants to give a talk?

Please contact the local Community Leaders directly via the local chapter page on events.docker.com/chapters with your talk title and a short abstract.