Join our new Docker Desktop Developer Preview Program!

Ben De St Paer-Gotch

Apr 03 2020

Docker Desktop is getting ready to celebrate its fourth birthday in June this year. We have come a long way from our first version and have big plans of what we would like to do next. As part of our future plans we are going to be kicking off a new early access program for Docker Desktop called Docker Desktop Developer Preview and we need your help!

What is this Program about and what are the benefits?

This program is for a small number of heavy Docker Desktop users who want to interact with the Docker team and impact the future of Docker Desktop for millions of users around the world.

As a member of this group we will be working with you to look at and experiment with our new features. You will get direct access to the people who are building Docker Desktop everyday. You will meet with our engineering team, product manager and community leads, to share your feedback, tell us what is working in our new features and how we could improve, and also help us really dig in when something doesn’t work quite right. 

On top of that, you will have a chance to feed directly into our roadmap and help us come up with ideas of what we should do next. 

What will I need to do?

You will be expected to run frequent bleeding edge builds of Docker Desktop and help us investigate on private builds when we are working on particular issues of features. We need you to commit to always running new versions of Desktop and update on day 1, so we make sure we get early feedback.

We may also need you to stress test all of our new features and tell us what goes wrong. You might even work directly with the engineering team to help us debug issues and get to the bottom of things. We aren’t after people who want to ‘fire and forget’ a Github issue, we want to partner with you to find and test solutions to these problems and get them shipped to millions of other users.

What type of users are we looking for?

We are looking for developers who extensively use Docker Desktop, on a daily basis, using any language or framework, who would be willing to help us on new experimental versions of Docker Desktop. Both Mac and Windows users are welcome.

For now, we would like to mostly engage with developers who have a good knowledge of Docker. You don’t need to be the most advanced user to apply, but at least be already familiar with Docker and its concepts. You’re a beginner and just started to learn Docker? Don’t worry we may open the program to you in the future.

Given our 2.4M total install base, this group of developers will be a small group; it will be around 25 people as a start. A reduced group will help us to make sure we can have a tight interaction!

Interested to join the Developer Preview Program?

If you are interested in taking part in the Docker Desktop Developer Preview program then please drop us a line through the form below. Since our plan is to have the new program live in late April, we will be accepting sign ups until the 10th of April and will be in touch with you by the 17th if you have been selected. We look forward to hearing from you!

Sign up today

And again, keep in mind that any feedback about Docker Desktop – even outside of this program – is welcomed. Feel free to drop by our public roadmap page to suggest ideas and input!