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DevOps Community Helps Drive What’s Next for vCloud Air

It’s the passion to work together to solve tough technological constraints that drives VMware people. Connect with Arnaud, vCloud Air R&D, Director of Services Engineering & Delivery and learn a little bit more about how diversity of thought and mind empowers VMware people to solve operational challenges while delivering the latest features that will contribute to the vCloud Air success story.

 

Arnaud_Mauvais_HeadshotName: Arnaud Mauvais

Role: vCloud Air R&D, Director of Services Engineering & Delivery

Office Location: Palo Alto, California

Years at VMware: 16 months

Twitter handle: @arnaudm

 

What’s a typical day like for you at VMware? What excites you about working here?

I spend most of my time working with Ops team members as well as Dev team members from VMware. I also spend my days, and sometimes nights, working with colleagues from around the world, especially from the United States and India. The technical and cultural diversity excites me. And so does dealing with cool technology, solving challenging technical problems, while doing this with smart and passionate people in a supportive environment: It doesn’t get much better than this!

How is your team helping contribute to the vCloud Air success story?

It can be summarized in one sentence: Integration, Automation & System Test, while breaking up silos that often exist between Dev & Ops teams.

We integrate all components that make up vCloud Air, we work on automating the deployment and configuration of these components by building solutions for the Cloud Operators (vs. Cloud Tenants), and we do overall validation and system testing of the platform. At the end of the day, it’s all about being able to deliver new features, faster, and with an overall higher quality.

Share how your team uses Puppet and what your future plans are with it?

We’ve standardized all deployment and configuration management aspects of vCloud Air on Puppet: This is how we run vCloud Air! Everyone in the Services Engineering & Delivery team has gone to Puppet training, and our goal is to make it the lingua franca for the entire organization. We are currently focused on automating the deployment, upgrade, and day-to-day management of the Cloud Platform for our Ops team. We are also starting to look at helping our Cloud tenants with some of the Puppet modules we produce, as they face similar challenges as we do.

How does your team maintain a DevOps culture and/or mindset?

In the Cloud, Dev & Ops are both part of the product. Functionality must go with operability. To make this happen, we’ve adopted a problem-solving culture, based on constant communication and on flexible processes.

Our strategy is simple: work very closely with all of the engineering teams that are building the vCloud Air Ecosystem, by leveraging the work they’ve done and extending it to the Service Providers use case; we don’t just build tools, we help solve operational challenges first. And we do the same with our internal vCloud Air Operations’ team, our first Service Provider, by working very collaboratively with them on both developing the tools they need, participating in every production deployment and by picking up the phone and helping fix issues when they come up in production.

What’s next for you, your team, or VMware? 

Our ultimate goal is to make it easy for all Service Providers, and not just our vCloud Air Ops team, to deploy and run our vCloud Air solution. We will achieve this by capturing the innovation and creativity that’s demonstrated everyday by our Dev & Ops teams, and incorporating it in the solutions we build collaboratively with them. I strongly believe that contributing to the DevOps community is part of our primary mission as a Cloud Provider, as our first and most supportive customers are DevOps professionals.

 

 

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VMware Software Engineer Sparks Connection at the Grace Hopper Conference

We are all connected. By working together as one we’re able to make the impossible, possible. Meet VMware software engineer, Jonida and learn a little bit more about the innovations that are connecting people at the 2014 Grace Hopper Conference and beyond.

 

Jonida_CaliName: Jonida Cali

Role: Software Engineer

Office Location: Palo Alto

Years at VMware: 1

Twitter handle: @jonidacali

 

The 2014 theme for Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is Be Inspired. What inspired you to pursue a career in technology?

The influence of my parents (both of them in engineering and STEM related professions) was obvious to me from an early age. The example of my mother – a leading mechanical engineer in heavy industry (an equally male-dominated field) – helped me gain confidence when my personality was being shaped. At the same time, I displayed an affinity for solving problems as a child and enjoyed cracking puzzles (which still is one of my favorite ways to unwind). I knew that I wanted my daily routine at work to include solving interesting problems. However, what I believe inspired me to go for a tech career are all of the new and exciting things that are constantly taking shape within the industry – they feel like colorful fireworks to me. I would be extremely bored in any other field because there are less “fireworks.”

You are presenting a session entitled Survivable Social Network at the Grace Hopper Conference (#GHC14). Can you provide insight into the session topic?

One of the consequences of large-scale crisis events is the loss of telecommunication support, which in return disables most of the communication channels between citizens and emergency responders. Survivable Social Network (SSN) was created to enable everyday citizens, more specifically neighbors, with the ability to successfully communicate with one another to help recover after a disaster, even in the event of no Internet or telecommunication availability. SSN also mindfully assists emergency and first responders by not overwhelming them with situations that citizens can resolve themselves, using each other as resources. Once an Internet connection is established, SSN allows neighborhoods to connect and communicate with each other as well as cities and other organizations. You can learn more about this topic during the Wearable and Mobile Devices session on Friday, October 10 from 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM.

What are you most looking forward to about #GHC14?

I am very excited about hearing the latest developments in tech as well as attending the professional and personal growth sessions. It will be great to network with all of the conference attendees and exchange experiences with them. Apart from submitting my own paper at the conference, I was also involved as an employee volunteer, so it will be nice to see the team’s efforts coming to fruition.

Fill in the blank: Be inspired to explore the unknown and challenge the default.

 

 

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Discover the Endless Possibilities of VMworld through a VMware Intern’s Eyes

VMware people, including interns, are empowered with the tools and resources to discover what’s next within information technology and each other in an environment build upon community, passion, integrity, and fun. Join Abhinav, senior at Columbia University and former VMware intern, for a look at his journey to growth at VMworld 2014. 

 

Abhinav_Mishna_2My name is Abhinav Mishra and I’m currently a senior at Columbia University in New York City majoring in Computer Engineering. Over the summer I had the opportunity to intern on the vCloud Air Quality Engineering and Infrastructure teams at VMware in Cambridge, Massachusetts. During my internship, I helped develop a Java REST API Client that developers could use to implement and test new features in VMware products such as vCloud Director. Outside of exploring what’s next in technology, I’m passionate about singing, watching sports (I’m a huge New England Patriots fan), and traveling.

At the end of the summer, VMware R&D interns in the United States participated in an intern poster session to showcase the projects that we all worked on with the VMware employee community. I was fortunate enough to win the poster contest at the Cambridge office and won a ticket to attend VMworld 2014 in San Francisco, California. This year’s conference theme was “No Limits – Break through the endless possibilities.”

2014_Intern_Poster_Session_Group_PhotoOn Monday, August 25 my day started off with breakfast followed by the keynote speech given by VMware CEO, Pat Gelsinger. It was amazing to hear his thoughts on the latest trends in technology, especially his views on how products are moving to be centered on the Software-Defined Data Center. Next, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Hybrid Cloud Services Business Unit, Bill Fathers gave a speech on the new features in vCloud Air and why the Hybrid Cloud is the right approach when using cloud services. Even though I knew a lot about vCloud Air having worked on that product, it was still inspiring to hear about its new features and how the Hybrid Cloud can truly lead to endless possibilities for customers in industries such as healthcare, automobiles, and more.

On Tuesday, August 26 the keynote by Executive Vice President and General Manager, End-User Computing, Sanjay Poonen and Chief Technology Officer, End-User Computing, Kit Colbert was awe-inspiring to watch because the products they are working on with their teammates have the ability to really impact consumers in a positive way across industries. The healthcare demo by AirWatch was especially inspiring, since the enterprise mobility management industry is one that I have a strong interest in.Abhinav_Mishra_5

Each day after the keynote speeches, customers and attendees would break out to attend general sessions. There were a ton of sessions and at first it was overwhelming to see so many options because they all seemed so interesting. From demos of new features to group discussions on products, there was something for everyone. For me, the “No Limits” conference theme meant that you truly have the opportunity to learn and gain knowledge with the best tools and resources in any area that you want without restriction. The sessions did exactly that, as I was able to learn about the diversity and power of VMware products such as NSX, EVO:RAIL, vCloud Air, and AirWatch. Furthermore, I was extremely fortunate to be able to meet some of the top leaders in software, such as Kit Colbert. Even though I was an intern, Kit and other individuals were willing to take the time to talk to me and answer my questions, which I truly appreciated.

Overall, the sessions at VMworld helped me learn and explore the endless possibilities within information technology while also allowing me to network and gain advice from some of the best engineers and leaders in the industry. To cap off my VMworld experience, I joined VMworld attendees at the Yerba Buena Gardens for a live performance by the Black Keys at the VMworld Party.

 

*If you’re interested in learning more about what took place at VMworld 2014 in San Francisco, be sure to check out the VMworld social media page for announcements made, keynote highlights, and more.

 

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Student Interns Soar with the VMware University Relations Program

At VMware, our University Relations Program goes beyond the game-changing project work for students. Connect with Leanne, University Relations Program Coordinator and get her take on the programs and events that empowered student interns to soar this summer at VMware.

 

Although VMware has bid farewell to its summer 2014 intern class for the school year, their time with us was epic and will definitely not be forgotten. Join me for a look back on a few of the memorable events that my University Relations teammates and I brought to life to help empower our interns with the resources to grow while collaborating in an environment built around community, passion for what’s next, and fun.Leanne_3

One VMware

The summer started off with our Intern Program Kickoff where VMware CEO, Pat Gelsinger welcomed our interns from across the United States to VMware. Hans Bernhardt, Sr. Solutions Architect followed Pat with a “VMware 101” session that gave an inside look at virtual machines and how VMware became what it is today. From there, the interns along with their managers and mentors headed over to the gym to enjoy a BBQ and lawn games including volleyball, soccer, corn hole, and more. It was a beautiful day and such a great way to kick off the summer intern adventure.

As a member of the University Relations team, I’m proud that we offer our interns with learning opportunities that reflect our dynamic and diverse community here at VMware. Our Leadership Speaker Series is one example as it gives the interns the opportunity to learn from some of our top executives in an open and casual discussion. This summer, Sanjay Poonen, Raghu Raghuram, Ray O’Farrell, and Martin Casado took the time to share their roles at VMware, career paths, and advice for the interns.Leanne_6

In its third summer at VMware, the WCW (Women Connecting Women) Program, which strives to connect female interns with other female employees (mentors) throughout VMware, partnered with WiRED (Women in R&D), for a speed-networking event. This casual round-robin style event gave our female interns time to share their backgrounds and interests as well as learn more about the variety of career paths available at VMware from all of the WCW mentors. After the speed-networking portion of the event, the group headed outside to wind down from the workday to enjoy the summer weather in Palo Alto.

Growth through Service

Leanne_9At VMware, giving rooted in Citizen Philanthropy is a core part of who we are. Because of this, VMware interns receive the opportunity to give back through a Service Learning project together. This year, the Palo Alto intern class hosted a job shadow day for 50 high school students from the Berkeley Foundation for Opportunities in Information Technology (BFOIT). Interns hosted students and shared insight into their summer projects. One BFOIT student even helped one of the interns rework the layout of their poster for the Intern Poster Session that took place the following week.

Architecting What’s Next

Leanne_4The Intern Poster Session, which is held each year at the end of the summer for the Palo Alto, California and Cambridge, Massachusetts R&D interns, is a way for the University Relations team to bring together the entire intern class and recognize their hard work within the technical community at VMware. 110 technical interns showcased their work, which was reviewed and voted on by the R&D community. Over 900 votes were collected and the top two winners won a trip to VMworld 2014 in San Francisco, California. Vivian Wang from the User Experience team and Anuj Gupta from the QE Storage Virtualization team were the winners in Palo Alto. Abhinav Mishra, was the winner from VMware Cambridge. Read more about Abhinav’s VMware experience here.

Celebration

To celebrate the learnings and fun memories made over the summer at VMware, the interns headed out on an excursion to Angel Island with the University Relations team. Angel Island is a small island off the coast of San Francisco where the interns hiked, played football, and just enjoyed a day away from the office getting to know one another better. From gorgeous views of the San Francisco Bay, to numerous activities readily available for the day, this trip is one that neither they nor I will ever forget.VMware_2014_Intern_Class_End_of_Year_Offsite

In the end, a VMware intern’s experience goes beyond the project work. The programs and events brought to life at VMware for students allow them to fully emerge themselves in VMware’s culture while discovering the next steps for their studies and careers after university.

We pride ourselves in the experience we offer for students and are already looking forward to the next group of interns to join VMware next year!

If you’re inspired to pursue the seemingly impossible within information technology, discover our latest opportunities and join us.

 

 

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Curiosity and Being Bold Architect New Paths at the Grace Hopper Conference

At VMware, our people thrive by working together as one to defy the seemingly impossible. Hear from Andrea, Engineering Manager, R&D and discover how her bold bets empower her to create what’s next for technology, herself, and others at the 2014 Grace Hopper conference.

 

Andrea_Ramirez_HeadshotName: Andrea Ramirez

Role: Engineering Manager, R&D

Office Location: Palo Alto, California

Years at VMware: 2

Twitter handle: @jollyone

 

The 2014 theme for Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is Be Inspired. What inspired you to pursue a career in technology?

When I set foot at Stanford as a college freshman from Nebraska, little did I know that I would follow in my grandfather’s footsteps. My grandfather was a foreman for the Union Pacific Railroad. The development of the American railroad in the late 1800′s was an engineering feat that lead to the expansion our economy and quality of life because it enabled faster communication and promoted industry. The Internet and its supporting cloud infrastructure, known as the information superhighway carries on this legacy. My participation in this infrastructure development continues my grandfather’s legacy of expanding and improving to contribute to the lives of others. The opportunity to participate in and bear witness to innovation inspired me to pursue a career in technology. Innovations in communication infrastructure created economic and social improvements that directly impacted quality of life for humans. To be part of the technology at the root of this infrastructure is very exciting to me.

You are sitting on the Change the World and Boost Your Career panel at the Grace Hopper Conference (#GHC14). Can you provide insight into the panel topic?

I definitely feel this is the perfect topic for me to participate in, because of my recent and long-term experiences. I’m excited to have the opportunity to talk about the intersection of career, technology, helping others, and business. That intersection is the real world, and by effectively managing all of them, you can really benefit in each area. I had the opportunity to go to Kenya and Vietnam with the VMware Foundation and my experiences definitely changed my thoughts about how the high tech community can use its strengths to improve the world. Join me on Friday, October 10 from 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm at the Change the World and Boost Your Career panel to learn a little bit more about my thoughts on this topic.

What are you most looking forward to about #GHC14?

I am most excited about meeting with new people who have spent their life in technology. There will be a lot of people with similar attitudes, backgrounds, and interests to mine, but who also have a variety of experienced that I do not. I thrive on interacting with others who have a passion and curiosity about what’s next in technology. Hearing the stories of others will definitely be a highlight of the event. We get so busy with our careers and our other projects that I think we don’t always get the chance to stop and reflect on how they are impacting our lives. An event like this gives us that opportunity to really dig into what it all means.

Fill in the blank: Be inspired to expand your boundaries and comfort zone.

Sometimes it’s important to take part in activities that are at least a little bit outside your comfort zone and beyond where you usually limit yourself. I think taking action and showing your curiosity and bravery has great rewards. I think I’ve been able to serve others better once I’m outside my comfort zone and forging a new path. It has given me a better perspective on my life and how to interact with others.

 

 

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Inspiring Growth through Conversation at the Grace Hopper Conference

What inspires you to forge change? Here at VMware, our people are fueled by curiosity and the pursuit of the seemingly impossible. Meet Nadyne, Staff User Experience Researcher and tinkerer, and discover the inspiration behind her work for the 2014 Grace Hopper Conference

 

Nadyne_Richmond_PictureName:  Nadyne Richmond

Role:  Staff User Experience Researcher

Office Location:  Palo Alto, California

Years at VMware: 4

Twitter handle: @nadyne

 

The 2014 theme for Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is Be Inspired. What inspired you to pursue a career in technology?  

I’ve been programming since kindergarten. My father was enthusiastic about computers, and he shared that enthusiasm with me. We learned BASIC on a Timex-Sinclair 1000 together, painstakingly typing in programs printed in magazines. I’ve kept it up ever since, although I’ve long since left BASIC behind. I now focus on user experience and how our products fit into the lives of the people who use them.

You will be presenting a poster entitled Mid Career Donut Hole at the Grace Hopper Conference (#GHC14). Can you provide insight into the poster topic?

Women in technical careers are more likely than women in other fields to leave their field mid-career. My poster discusses some of the reasons why technical women choose to leave the field altogether, and what we can do to help more women become senior women. We often talk about the pipeline problem of women coming into the field; we also need to pay attention to the high attrition rate once women are in a technical career. You can come check out my poster and chat with me on Wednesday, October 8 from 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM during the conference.

What are you most looking forward to about #GHC14?  

I am looking forward to the amazing energy of being in a room full of women technologists! Being able to talk to so many other women in different technical fields, at different points in their career, is fantastic. The technical content of the Grace Hopper Conference is always great, but the networking and mentoring available there is unparalleled.

Fill in the blank: Be inspired to do your best work and be proud of it.

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Knowledge Powers Laura Douglas of VMware to Pay it Forward

What empowers you to get things done? At VMware, our people are inspired to drive what’s next for technology and one another in the community because of the belief that knowledge powers change. Connect with Laura, Americas Field Planning Manager, and see how her learnings create opportunity.

 

Laura_Douglas_1Name: Laura Douglas 

Role: Americas Field Planning Manager, Real Estate & Workplace 

Office Location: Colorado Springs, CO

Years at VMware: 4

 

What does paying it forward mean to you?

The truth is, none of us can get through life alone. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the encouragement of my family and peers. I’ve gotten help along the way and have been given opportunities that not everyone has access to. Paying it forward is the act of recognizing what has been done for you and expressing your gratitude by leaving this world with more than you take.

What does the quote, “The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you” from the VMware Foundation’s Service Learning campaign mean to you?

As cliché as it sounds, knowledge really is power. The more you learn, the more power you have over anything that has been holding you back, whether that is fear, circumstances, etc.Douglas_Photo

How do you instill this value in your child?

My son is 9-months old, and it amazes me how much he has learned in such a short time! We have been reading to him since the day we brought him home (and he likes to play with books, as you can see), which in my opinion is one of the most important things you can do for a child. As he gets older, we plan to introduce him to the importance of giving back by volunteering as a family.

Please reflect on having your child featured in the campaign. What does it mean to you and your family?

We’re so proud that Parker’s picture is featured in the VMware Foundation’s Service Learning campaign. I love working for a company that not only encourages citizen philanthropy, but that gives its employees a chance to be involved on a whole new level such as having family members featured in the promotional materials for the summer Service Learning campaign. It’s so fun knowing that his poster is hanging in VMware offices all over the world.

 

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VMware’s Felicia Jadczak Makes an Impact While Letting Her True Self Shine

At VMware, we celebrate the diversity of our people. Our unique characteristics and perspectives make the impossible, possible. Connect with Felicia Jadczak, Staff Program Manager, and learn a little bit more about how she thrives with the support of the VMware community. 

 

Felicia_Photo_LastName: Felicia Jadczak

Role: Staff Program Manager

Office Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Years at VMware: 4

 

How does VMware’s culture help you to succeed while making an impact?

I’ve been partially deaf all my life. I started wearing a hearing aid (in one ear) at age seven, and recently switched to wearing hearing aids in both ears last year. All my life I’ve had to struggle with misunderstandings, curious gazes, and impolite questions (‘what’s in your ear?’). I avoided speaking on the phone for many years, because it was that much harder to understand what the person on the other end of the line was saying, without being able to see their lips moving. In school I sat at the front of the room, always. I’ve gotten used to needing to take extra hearing aid batteries with me everywhere I go.

I don’t see myself as disabled. My hearing loss is just part of what makes up who I am. However, sometimes I need to admit that there are things that I need help with or things that I do differently, especially in a professional work environment.

VMware’s values and culture support people who get things done, with passion and integrity. This has made me feel supported from the standpoint that I may not always be physically able to understand what is going on in a videoconference or conference call, but I know that my colleagues respect me for my work and as a member of the team—even if I have to keep asking them to repeat what they just said! There is a super supportive community here and I feel very included and valued.

VMware has allowed me to make an impact by letting me be myself, and encouraging me to celebrate who I am as part of what makes me a great employee. I have been known to overuse the smiley face emoticon, I dress up to go to the office, I geek out over cute redheads, I use internal tools such as Socialcast to effectively communicate with co-workers across different time zones and geographies, I dye my hair with crazy colors and I don’t bother with trying to hide my hearing aids because I know they won’t change anyone’s opinion of who I am—a (stellar) VMware employee.

 

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VMware’s Flexible Work Environment Empowers Victoria Reddington to Get Things Done

At VMware, we foster an open culture that supports the well-being and success of our people. Hear from Victoria Reddington, Desktop Partner Director, EMEA on how the flexible work environment at VMware inspires her to forge change.

 

Victoria_Reddington_PhotoName: Victoria Reddington

Role: Desktop Partner Director, EMEA

Office Location: Frimley, United Kingdom

 Years at VMware: 4

 

How does VMware’s culture help you to succeed?

VMware empowers me to succeed because of the flexibility that I’m given to get my job done while also looking after my family. I am currently working two and half days a week after having recently returned from maternity leave, and will return full time (with flexibility) later this year. 

How has VMware assisted you in making an impact?

I am responsible for helping guide VMware’s EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) Partner organization in the right direction while bringing new solutions into the organization. VMware’s culture supports growth and development, and it’s because of this that I’m able to support the Partner team’s career development through programs such as Partner Manager Boot Camp. My team is highly motivated to ensure that the right partners are empowered with the resources to take our new solutions to market, which is no easy feat, I can tell you. VMware’s open and honest culture has given me and my team tremendous confidence to speak up where we need to make improvements and seeing them realized is extremely satisfying.

 

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Hands on Learning Empowers Eric Betts of VMware to Give More

VMware people are tinkerers. They harness their curiosity to explore the impossible while bringing to life what’s next in technology. Hear from VMware Staff Program Manager, Eric Betts on how his passion to learn by doing allows him and his family to give more within the community.

 

Eric_Betts_HeadshotName: Eric Betts

Role: Staff Program Manager, Security Certifications & Compliance

Office Location: Palo Alto, CA

Years at VMware: 9

 

 

What does paying it forward mean to you?

DevynBetts-Soldering copyFor me paying it forward means to give back. Over the course of a lifetime people are gifted with the knowledge and skill of others. By taking a break from your normal routine to discover areas where you can make a difference, you are paying forward the gifts that you have received from others. The effort can be large or small, but the important point is to engage and help make someone’s life better. I am fortunate that VMware supports volunteerism through Service Learning. I have volunteered with my daughter’s school, non-profits, and STEM-based organizations. The work can be tiring at times, but I always feel better knowing that my contributions have helped improve lives and the world around me. I have seen others do the same and the collective effort can make a remarkable difference.

What does the quote, “In doing we learn.” mean to you?

BettsKidsAtMakerFare2013George Herbert’s quote focuses attention on the idea that we learn from experience. Not all learning is achieved in a classroom or from a textbook. Some of my greatest learning experiences resulted from real world challenges where there was no set plan. I learned from being hands on, open-minded, being persistent and exploring all options. Just because something doesn’t exist or hasn’t been done before doesn’t mean that it is impossible, it just means that the method, technique, or technology to bring the idea to life might not exist yet. I love how the “Maker” culture encourages prototyping ideas to invent everything from simple electronics to robots and 3D printers. Being adventurous and a constant learner are critical keys to success and satisfaction.

How do you instill this value in your children?

My wife and I have always encouraged our children to try, explore, and tinker.  There are no wrong answers through this process, only discovery and outcomes.  We’ve reiterated that you won’t know if you like (or dislike) something unless you try it (within reason of course), visit, taste, watch, or touch to experience things in life for yourself. Through this we have developed little “foodies” that cringe at the sight of a children’s menu in restaurants, and instead prefer a bowl of green-lipped mussels to a peanut butter & jelly sandwich. These days our playroom not only has toys, paper, scissors, crayons, rainbow looms and Avengers action heroes, but items such as hot glue guns, wires, duct tape, soldering irons, Lil’bits electronics kits, motors, LEDs, small computers (Arduino/Rasberry Pi), white boards and musical instruments as well. We encourage our children to not just use technology, but also research and understand how the technology works and consider ways to improve, hack, and adapt it for other uses. Anytime they say, “I wish there was something that does …”, we capture the thought and discuss it.Betts_Photo

Please reflect on having your child featured in the VMware Foundation’s Service Learning campaign. What does it mean to you and your family?

It’s been a wonderful experience. With our daughter seated next to her best friend, we’re proud to share the image with their classmates, family, friends and more importantly, share what they were working on when the picture was taken. The Service Learning campaign allowed my daughter to see herself “in action”, it’s a great visual to see what focused concentration looks like and how it has been used to inspire others.

As a parent and an employee, the VMware Service Learning campaign has been a pure blast. Watching the coverage expand from an internal newsletter, to an external campaign has been exciting and fun for our entire family!

 

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