Wayfarer Ambassador Program 2023
The application for the Wayfarer Ambassador Program 2023 has shipped! I’m super excited to launch the second year of our Ambassador Program Application alongside our current Ambassadors who have provided tons of insight and feedback that’ll shape this new year of the program for the better. Do you want to be a part of the ongoing growth of our community? Do you want to be an advocate for your community locally and globally? If so, the Ambassador program might be for you!
What is it?
The Community Ambassadors program is for a group of Wayfarer Explorers who believe in Niantic Wayfarer and are active participants in the official Wayfarer Community. They’re passionate about exploration, excited to engage with other Explorers, and share Explorer best practices (nominations, reviewing, edits, etc). The Community Ambassadors support the Wayfarer Community’s Mission and Vision by collaborating with the Community Manager and representing the voice of the community. All Wayfarer Ambassadors embody the following in their participation:
- Driven by Wayfarer’s Mission
- Lead by Example
- Respectful Towards Community Members
- Knowledgeable about Wayfarer
- Curiosity to Explore
Who is eligible to be a Wayfarer Ambassador?
Any Explorer (18 years or older) that has demonstrated a strong commitment to Wayfarer, the Wayfarer Community, or the Niantic Mission and has a strong understanding of our product. Lastly, applicants must have a Wayfarer rating of at least Good.
What’s the time commitment?
Being a Wayfarer Ambassador is completely voluntary. While there are no set time commitments, actively participating and engaging with other Ambassadors to provide feedback to the Wayfarer team is how you can make a real impact on the Community’s Wayfarer experience. Participation can look differently from week to week. Active participation can look like joining group meetings, providing insights from the community, helping to clarify community concerns, etc.
If selected to be an Ambassador, your term will extend for the calendar year for which you were selected with the potential for an invitation on an advisory role to the new cohort after yours. Regardless of when you start, there will be a new cohort of Ambassadors at the beginning of the new calendar year. This is meant to maintain a healthy amount of diversity and creativity.
The Ambassadors are chosen for their diverse representation of the Explorer Community. Explorer levels within Niantic products have limited impact on the selection process. Selection criteria does not require Explorers to be considered community leaders, although we recognize that some may be viewed as such already.
Explorers will be selected to become Ambassadors primarily based on their geographic location, knowledge of Wayfarer (both experts and novices), historical Wayfarer Community engagement, Niantic’s Mission, and their responses to the application questions. The ability to read, write, and communicate verbally in English is a requirement as the key updates and feedback requests will be in English.
Why would I want to become a Wayfarer Ambassador?
Becoming a Wayfarer Ambassador comes with its perks! You’ll have the opportunity to
- Pilot some of our upcoming features and Niantic Products before anyone else
- Provide feedback on features, updates, and events to ensure they’re loved by Explorers
- Aid in making our community safe, welcoming, and FUN
- Community Voice - share your ideas and that of the community with the Wayfarer Team
- And of course, SWAG!
Ambassadors Relationship with Niantic
To participate in the Ambassador program, Explorers will have to agree to and sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA). Violating the NDA may result in immediate removal from the program, legal action against the person, and the termination of the person’s Wayfarer and all other Niantic game accounts.
What are the limitations of an Ambassador?
Ambassadors are Explorer community members who volunteer to represent and advocate for other Explorers for the purpose of enhancing the overall Explorer experience. They are not Niantic employees and do not represent Niantic. They do not have access to Niantic systems, including personally identifiable information. They are not authorized to make any decisions related to Niantic or its games, including but not limited to help center tickets, nominations, appeals, or account bans.
Where and When can I apply?
Applications are open NOW and will remain open until the end of the day (11:59pm PST) on 02/12/2023. Application can be found HERE.
Check out the application for more information and feel free to ask questions here.
As you know, we closed the Ambassador Application earlier this week. We will now begin reviewing all applications and hope to notify those who've been selected by mid next week.
We have finished reviewing every single application submitted and have selected out finalists! Please check the emails you applied to the program with starting today at 5:00pm PST. You'll only have a couple days to accept to please make sure you check your spam folder.
We are extremely excited to announce that all of the applicants we extended invites to have accepted to become a part of the new cohort of Ambassadors! For 2023, we invited and are welcoming 12 new Ambassadors into the program for a total of 23 Ambassadors spread around the globe. Please join me in congratulating them as you read more about why they chose to become an Ambassador and what they are looking forward to the most about being a Wayfarer Ambassador.
Again, we’re extremely excited to welcome them to the Ambassador Program and looking forward to all of the great things that will come through our collective efforts. It’s an exciting 2023 for Wayfarer! Welcome to the Ambassador Program!
What’s next you might ask? Soon we will have our first meeting where we’ll be able to meet each other for the first time and start thinking about what aspects of Wayfarer we want to impact the most. But until them, I hope you take some time getting to know our new Ambassadors in the discussion HERE!