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vExpert 2013 applications are now open

[Update: the deadline for applications has been extended to April 22, 2013 midnight PDT.]

Applications are now open for the vExpert 2013 Program. The deadline for application is April 15, 2013 update: April 22, 2013 at midnight PDT.

Each year, we bring together in the vExpert Program the people who have made some of the most important contributions to the VMware community. These are the bloggers, book authors, VMUG leaders, speakers, tool builders, community leaders and general enthusiasts. They work as IT admins and architects for VMware customers, they act as trusted advisors and implementors for VMware partners or as independent consultants, and some work for VMware itself. All of them have the passion and enthusiasm for technology and applying technology to solve problems. They have contributed to the success of us all by sharing their knowledge and expertise over their days, nights, and weekends. They are, quite frankly, the most interesting and talented group of people I’ve ever been in a room with.

vExperts who participate in the program have access to private betas, free licenses, early access briefings, exclusive events, free access to VMworld conference materials online, and other opportunities to interact with VMware product teams. They also get access to a private community and networking opportunities.

As with last year, there are three paths to being designated a vExpert. Each path takes into account the accomplishments and activities over the last year. You must apply to indicate your interest in the program.You do not need to be nominated by someone else, but in some situations a VMware employee reference is recommended. This year we don’t have a “nomination” form, but we are offering a form with which you can “recommend” that someone else apply. Some VMware programs will also be sending emails to recommend that you apply.

Evangelist Path
The Evangelist Path includes book authors, bloggers, tool builders, public speakers, VMTN contributors, and other IT professionals who share their knowledge and passion with others with the leverage of a personal public platform to reach many people. Employees of VMware can also apply via the Evangelist path. A VMware employee reference is recommended if your activities weren’t all in public or were in a language other than English.

Customer Path
The Customer Path is for leaders from VMware customer organizations. They have been internal champions in their organizations, or worked with VMware to build success stories, act as customer references, given public interviews, spoken at conferences, or were VMUG leaders. A VMware employee reference is recommended if your activities weren’t all in public.

VPN (VMware Partner Network) Path
The VPN Path is for employees of our partner companies who lead with passion and by example, who are committed to continuous learning through accreditations and certifications and to making their technical knowledge and expertise available to many. This can take shape of event participation, video, IP generation, as well as public speaking engagements. A VMware employee reference is required for VPN Path candidates.

Recommend that someone apply for vExpert 2013: http://bit.ly/vExpert2013recommend 

Apply for vExpert 2013: http://bit.ly/vExpert2013application The deadline for applications is April 15, 2013 April 22, 2013 at midnight PDT.

The existing VMware vExpert 2012 directory is at http://communities.vmware.com/vexpert.jspa.

For questions about the application process or the vExpert Program, use the comments below or email vexpert@vmware.com.

Thanks to everyone who has participated in the program over the years,
John Troyer & the vExpert Program Team

[Update: the deadline for applications has been extended to April 22, 2013 midnight PDT.]

 

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  9. Rick Vanover

    Is the VMware employee reference something where the VMware employee actively selects a vExpert candidate or a candidate would list a VMware employee as one (unsolicited) who knows the candidate well and could vouch for their vExpert-ness, as it were?

  10. John Troyer Post author

    The latter – just somebody who could vouch for you. If your work is public & documentable online & in English, then it’s easy for us to judge. If your work was more private, was primarily real-world events, internally-facing work, not in English, or is harder for us to evaluate, then a VMware employee with whom you’ve worked is good, just so we can confirm what you’ve been up to.

    1. Brent Quick

      Rick,

      I would say you are pretty secure in being honored again but since I had the same question and are less certain, I appreciate you asking it first.

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