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Nicola Acutt

About Nicola Acutt

Nicola J. Acutt, Ph.D., is the Vice President of Global Community Affairs at VMware. Responsible for Employee Experience and Reputation, the VMware Foundation and Sustainability Strategy, Nicola is passionate about connecting the people side of the business with corporate strategy that differentiates VMware's workplace culture.

VMware Sustainability Borathon

 

 

Sustainability is innovation’s new frontier. At VMware, the Office of the CTO (OCTO) is charged with driving both innovation and sustainability. There are many pathways to innovation at VMware, and one of the most loved and popular are our Borathons.

Why is an innovation event called Borathon?

What’s a Borathon, you ask? The name goes back to when engineers first created these events and wanted to evoke the magic of our earliest innovations. They decided that instead of simply calling our innovation events a hackathon, they named it after their last code repository island name: Bora Bora. Thus, the name Borathon was born.

Envroom created by Jeff Kim and Davin Nguyen [Best “environmental hack”]

Over the years, VMware’s Borathons have led to product ideas, features and solutions.  Building on this tradition, in the last week of April, we honored Earth Day with an amazingly successful Borathon event at our Palo Alto campus that focused on sustainability as the theme. This created a unique opportunity for our talented people to work collaboratively on topic that stretched their minds. The challenge was all about considering software and code from a sustainability perspective in order to develop new workflows, features, and proof-of-concepts.

The Experience  

The Borathon experience at VMware begins with signing up for the waitlist (yes, they are that popular!).  This time things were a bit different in that we held an opening ceremony on the evening of Wednesday May 25th giving our participants a chance to socialize, network and form their teams.

Building on our values around Community, we were excited to include two teams of high school students who were winners of LA Hacks III , a VMware sponsored external hackathon. These two teams presented their respective winning ideas on Robotany and Envroom.

The high-school hackers demonstrated an impressive level of ingenuity, presentation skill, and technological achievement in each of their projects. It was a great inspirational kick-off for all in attendance, especially for our VMware hackers.  And personally, gives me hope for the future seeing what these young minds can do to apply their technical skills for social impact.

The Hack

The event itself featured five different challenges, each chosen by one of the eight teams.  Our Fellows and Principal Engineers defined three of our challenges which included: “Green SDDC”, “BrokenBuild Predictor”, and “Power Usage Real-Time Monitoring”.   In collaboration with our Research team working on Blockchain, I sponsored one challenge entitled, “Enable Peer-to-Peer Power Generation and Distribution Through Microgrids Using Blockchain”. The challenges were rounded off by two concepts submitted by our participant hackers, “vSphere EasyDeploy” and “Go Green vSAN”.

Each challenge had a dedicated mentor that offered their expertise and helped their respective team of hackers to stay focused and motivated.

And the winners are…

Third Place went to EasyDeploy, led by Reanud Voltz. This project is looking into vSphere deployments in remote locations, including in areas with low internet bandwidth and unqualified IT personnel. You can imagine the social impact possibilities of this kind of solution!

Second Place went to a project led by Vikash Ruhil, who worked on BrokenBuild Predictor a tool that detects broken builds to increases efficiency of server usage.  This is just brilliant and has lots of possibility!

First Place went to Dashboard Showing Real-Time Cluster/Datacenter Power Usage, led by Ritesh Tiwari.  This project looked at an overall clusters power usage, drilling down to individual ESXi hosts and identifying which machines draw the most power. They also built a smart and geo aware App that when demonstrated – blew me away.  Super cool and super practical idea that could have immediate sustainability (power & CO2 savings).

The best thing about our well-loved hacks are that they are really a community experience.  Borathon serves not only to drive innovation by developing skills and experience, but most importantly, it fosters a spirit of community by giving engineers the opportunity to interact with, learn from, and develop relationships with our Fellows and Principal Engineers. To top off our commitment to Community and impact, in true VMware style, each one of our participants received prize in the form of a Kiva grant.  In this way, participating in Borathon is also an opportunity to pay it forward by helping to fund an eco-entrepreneur’s dream.

The great thing about Borathon is that the work doesn’t end after 37-hours and an all-nighter.  The OCTO is chartered with working closely with each of these teams to continue building on the momentum and drive innovation forward though our OCTO Innovation programs.

Follow @vmwocto for more highlights from Borathon and stay up to date with all the latest news.

Celebrating Who We Are At VMware

At VMware we have always known that our people are the rocket fuel that propels our culture and our continued success. And today, VMware received a prestigious and public acknowledgement of our great workplace culture as one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For.20130879 VMware036 FCA_Banners_External_v2_Instagram

Over the years, VMware has developed a deeply rooted people-driven culture that centers on our EPIC2 values (Execution, Passion, Integrity, Customers, Community).  And it’s because of our people, who bring those values to action in their every day lives at work, that I believe VMware received this highly coveted recognition.

So what is a “Great Place to Work?” At its essence, a great workplace is an experience; a place where employees trust the people they work for, have pride in what they do, and enjoy the people they work with. This application process has reaffirmed the scope and depth of passion our people have to drive what’s next for the company, each other, and the wider community.  And without a doubt, it is this spirited passion that continues to shape VMware’s business operations and the dynamic and diverse culture that we know today.

This is a great moment and I invite you join our community as we celebrate this significant milestone and #DiscoverVMware by visiting our new culture site – to learn more about life at VMware.

I want to extend my sincere congratulations, along with everyone at VMware, to all the companies on the 2015 Fortune 100 list.  For us, today’s recognition reflects not only VMware’s reputation as a great employer but really, who we are: a great community inside a great company.

 

 

 

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VMware Foundation Giving Network

At VMware, we believe that each one of us has something to contribute.  As such, giving back is about more than writing a check; it’s about service and community. We call this Citizen Philanthropy.

We invite you to check out the VMware Foundation’s 2014 Year in Review to see the giving network that VMware people across the globe are building. This dynamic ecosystem of giving is powered by Citizen Philanthropy.VMwareFoundation2014GivingNetwork

Citizen Philanthropy is about the power of choice. The choice of how and where to contribute. The choice to give more to each other. The choice to learn and grow through service. It’s also about the power of collective impact –– about combining individual efforts to create thriving ecosystems of giving throughout the world.

“A whole network –– dozens of us –– have lived and breathed this project for so many months. While we’re helping communities grow better futures, they’re helping us grow, too,” the VMware Hi5 team in Singapore shares what they’ve gained through rebuilding Gawad Kalinga’s IT infrastructure.

The VMware Foundation exists to amplify personal passions, not dictate them. The way we see it, when people contribute to causes close to their hearts, they give from a place of gratitude. As a result, our actions connect from a place of meaning. From Service Learning to Social Investments, all of our programs are a platform for people to contribute in ways that reflect their values.

“Donating time and helping others is part of my philosophy in life,” shares Lothar Haenle, Sr. Marketing Director in Unterschleissheim, Germany.

According to James Holmes, “I give back to CSS –– Canadian Cancer Center –– because my father, mother, father-in-law, and both grandfathers have all been affected by cancer. VMware inspires me to do what I can to make a difference.”

At VMware, service isn’t a buzzword we trot out once a year. Giving more to our community is a value we live every day. We know our individual actions matter because we’re all Citizen Philanthropists –– people around the world who serve, learn and inspire. Stay tuned as we share the service stories of VMware people over the coming weeks.

This is our giving network.

 

 

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EPIC2 – It’s Who We Are at VMware

VMware’s journey began in 1998. Our people were on a mission to change the world with our virtualization technology and this still holds true today. With the evolving landscape of IT, we realized that we needed to reexamine who we are and how we are going to tackle these complex challenges together.

Watch how the VMware people came together as a community to refresh our shared values and articulate what has always been there… It’s EPIC2 – Execution, Passion, Integrity, Customers, Community.

These shared values define who we are and reflected in all of our people. They show up in what we do and how we do things, especially when no one is looking. They remind us of why we are here – to achieve the seemingly impossible. Inspired to make your mark? Join us as we shape the future of what’s next together.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks as we spotlight people who “walk the talk” and exemplify the character of what EPIC2 looks like at VMware.

 

 

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Pi Day – Celebrating Service with our Community

At VMware, Pi Day is a day we geek out over giving back. Together with our extended community, we celebrated 3.14 with a Service Learning fair, where people built connections with local causes and learned more about how they can contribute back. It was an amazing day – hard to capture in words, so we’re sharing some photos that convey the energetic vibe.

YOU INSPIRE ME

Throughout the day, we invited people to share what inspires them to serve. If you need a boost of inspiration, don’t miss our fun video. It’s guaranteed to make you smile (or whistle)!

WE HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE ANYTHING

Pi Day speaks to the spirit of community at VMware that recognizes our interconnectedness as citizens of the world. As such, we give back by using our time, talent and skills to create a thriving community together. Our deep gratitude to the nonprofits that joined us on Pi Day and shared ideas for how we all can spark change in our communities.

BIG THINGS HAVE SMALL BEGINNINGS

We want to hear from you. What ignites your passion to serve? Post a comment below or join us on Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #iServe.

 

Looking forward to hearing what inspires you!

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