If you’re interested in building a Quick Start, the AWS Quick Start team will work with you to get it published on the AWS website. Follow these steps:

Quick Start process and timeline

Email us at quickstart@amazon.com to pitch your idea. Include a brief spec and an architecture diagram, so we can determine whether your proposal is a good fit for the Quick Start catalog.

If you’re a partner, you’ll also want to engage your Partner Development Manager or Partner Solutions Architect at AWS.

If your proposal is approved, we’ll schedule a kickoff meeting. We’ll also ask you for a few more details:

  1. Project name
  2. Project description
  3. GitHub user names (so we can give you permissions to the repo)
  4. List of all software that your Quick Start installs, distributes, or uses. For each, specify:
    • Software package name
    • License requirements
    • License type: BYOL, trial, open-source, other (please specify)
    • How the software is installed (with the Quick Start or from another site)
  5. Brief description of how the Quick Start code will function.
  6. Description of each AWS CloudFormation template included in the Quick Start:
    • Template name
    • What the template does
  7. Contact names for:
    • Development-related questions
    • Launch and marketing-related questions
    • Post-release maintenance questions
    • License-related questions

To become a Quick Start contributor, you’ll also need to agree to some legal requirements. Send us email at quickstart@amazon.com with the following block of text:

“I agree that I am licensing Amazon to modify and use all content provided as part of the [Name]/AWS [project] Quick Start project. Code (including CloudFormation and associated scripts and files) is provided to Amazon under the Apache License 2.0. Documentation is understood to be a joint work between Amazon and my employer, and will be published by Amazon under copyright with attribution of my employer.”

When the project is approved and all the paperwork is done, you can start coding.

Follow the builder’s guide to plan your architecture, build and test your AWS CloudFormation template, and provide us with content for your deployment guide.

Use the templates and examples from our GitHub examples repo):

When your development and documentation tasks are complete, the Quick Start team will publish the AWS CloudFormation templates and documentation (here’s what we publish).

The Quick Start team also coordinates promotional content and activities, including an announcement on the AWS website) and social media. (See the FAQ for more information on these.) We encourage you to promote the Quick Start on your own website with blog posts, web pages, links, and social media. It will make a big difference in visibility and user adoption.

Keep your Quick Start up-to-date. After launch:

  • Plan for proactive updates
  • Respond to user queries and fix bugs
  • Have a well-defined support path or contact person for issues
  • Obsess over your customers and iterate quickly on feedback

If you have any questions, contact us at quickstart@amazon.com.