MongoDB Masters Nominations Now Open

Michael Calvert


We’re excited to announce that we are opening nominations for membership in the MongoDB Masters. New members will be announced at the end of January.

What are MongoDB Masters?

The MongoDB Masters program is run by MongoDB to recognize and empower leaders in the MongoDB community. Masters serve as advocates, educators, and experts sharing their first-hand knowledge and experience.

What are the criteria for membership?

Because the MongoDB community is constantly changing, there is no set formula for becoming a MongoDB Master. At a high level, members are recognized as influencers who regularly engage with the community.

We also look at the group as a whole. We want the Masters to represent a diverse range of perspectives: developers and operators, code contributors and evangelists, startups and enterprises, side projects and mission critical apps -- all across the spectrum of race, gender, age, and nationality.

Masters display expertise by actively engaging in some or all of the following activities:

  • Operating MongoDB in production
  • - Run a large MongoDB deployment
    - Manage a number of MongoDB deployments
    - Examples: Charity Majors, Production Engineering Manager at Parse, who shared her experiences in a keynote at MongoDB World or Jai Hirsch, ‎Senior Systems Architect at CARFAX
  • Contributing to open source projects using MongoDB
  • - Maintain a third party MongoDB project or a popular open source project that uses MongoDB
    - Contribute directly to the MongoDB drivers, documentation, or server projects, either those maintained by MongoDB Inc or third party
    - Example: Gustavo Niemeyer, author of the Go driver for MongoDB
  • Supporting MongoDB users
  • - Contribute answers on MongoDB-user or MongoDB questions on StackExchange
    - Provide mentorship to technical staff at a company new to using MongoDB
    - Example: Nuri Halperin, recipient of the Zola Award
  • Teaching MongoDB
  • - Speak regularly about MongoDB at conferences or local user groups
    - Write educational blog posts, tutorials, books or articles published on the MongoDB blog or a 3rd party blog included on Planet MongoDB
    - Support a local MongoDB community through a user group or similar organizational leadership activity
    - Teach online or university courses on MongoDB
    - Example: Russell Smith, organizer of the San Francisco MongoDB User Group

How are Masters selected?

Masters are nominated by members of the community. To nominate MongoDB Masters, submit your suggestions via the online form.

Masters are re-evaluated each January to ensure the program includes active community contributors. Should a Master not be accepted to the program for a subsequent year, they will be moved to “emeritus” status and will be unable to claim the benefits outlined below.

What are the benefits of membership to the Masters?

MongoDB Masters program benefits include:

  • Quarterly Q&A with MongoDB engineering and product management
  • Invitation to the annual MongoDB Masters Summit
  • Early access to MongoDB products & services
  • Profiles displayed on
  • Networking with other MongoDB Masters
  • Discounted enrollment in online certification
  • Access to on-demand training courses
  • Masters designation in the online forums (mongodb-user group)
  • Swag :)

We look forward to your nominations!

Community participation provides us with the feedback required to make our product better, for users to share experiences, and for the expansion of knowledge and expertise around MongoDB. We’re looking forward to seeing your nominations and for announcing the next Masters!