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vExpert 2018 Applications are Now Open

Applications for the 2018 vExpert program are now open. Applications will be accepted until January 19th at midnight PDT. The vExpert 2018 announcement will be on February 23rd 2018. 

vExpert

The VMware vExpert program is VMware’s global evangelism and advocacy program. The program is designed to put VMware’s marketing resources towards your advocacy efforts. Promotion of your articles, exposure at our global events, co-op advertising, traffic analysis, and early access to beta programs and VMware’s roadmap.

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.

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, exclusive vExpert parties at VMworld and other opportunities to interact with VMware product teams. They also get access to a private community and networking opportunities.

 

New for vExpert 2018

New this year is a completely new vExpert website for applications, data management, vExpert directory. vExperts will be able to manage your own data (email address, employer, and many others), update your applications, download your license keys and download your vExpert Certificate. Apply at https://vexpert.vmware.com

Returning vExperts, you have a different process. Please check your email for a password recovery link to reset your password for vexpert.vmware.com. If you do not have an email to reset your vexpert.vmware.com account, please use this URL to reset your password. https://vexpert.vmware.com/recover-password. Use the same email address you use to receive email for the vExpert program.

 

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.

 

Questions & Updates For questions about the application process or the vExpert Program, please send email to  vexpert@vmware.com. Be sure to follow @vExpert for updates on the 2018 vExpert program.

Thank you,
Corey Romero and the Social Media Team

 

Contribute to VMTN Challenge Lab Communities to Win an Amazon Echo Dot

VMware Hands-on Labs and VMware Technology Network have partnered to create a new learning resource: the VMTN Challenge Lab Communities.

What are the VMTN Challenge Lab Communities? These are six new communities based on the six Hands-on Labs Challenge Labs. The Challenge Labs are designed by the HOL team based on input from VMware’s Global Support Services. The labs take users through scenarios in a virtual environment that often lead to support requests, in order to help better prepare them for facing issues in their own environments. The challenge labs are broken down by module, each module takes the user through a different task.

The VMTN Challenge Lab Communities contain documents with links to forum content relating to each module. Each discussion linked to in the community docs leads to a discussion of how a user faced a challenge similar to that module in their production environment, and solved it.

These communities mean you don’t stop learning once you’ve completed a Hands-on Lab Challenge Lab. You can educate yourself on the real-world scenarios our customers are running into so you are better prepared to manage your datacenter.

Through February 1st if you post a challenge and solution that you have faced with one of the challenge lab products, you will be entered to win 1 of 5 available Amazon Echo Dots. We are calling on you to help us enrich these communities with more valuable content.

Along with holiday cheer, this year spread knowledge, experience, and advice to other community members, while also giving yourself the chance to win a new Amazon Echo Dot!

  • Substantial explanation of a challenge and solution are required as this will be used as a learning resource for community members
    • Content must be original
    • An alternative solution to a module within a challenge lab is acceptable
    • Constructive feedback on challenge labs is acceptable

Any questions? Reach out to katieb@vmware.com, and as always, thank you to all those who contribute to our thriving community.

The #CloudCred, VMUG Virtual December

Get into the Game! The #CloudCred, VMUG Virtual December Challenge

The #CloudCred, VMUG Virtual December Challenge

On Wednesday, December 13, VMUG will host a FREE day-long event meant to empower attendees through education, training, and collaboration – all with the goal of improving projects and impacting careers.

This December’s Virtual Event will feature Keynote Speaker Ray O’Farrell, who joined VMware in April 2003 and currently serves as executive vice president and CTO. One of his main areas of focus is on long-term technology research, innovation, and market trends. O’Farrell is also responsible for ensuring VMware’s successful partnerships with a focus on Dell Technologies. In September 2017, he added the responsibility of general manager of Dell Technologies IoT division.

Sounds great. Is there more?

There is more. CloudCredibility.com is hosting another fantastic competition that aligns with this event. Create a user account at CloudCred (quick & easy); then find all the VMUG Virtual December tasks. Complete all the tasks – or enough to earn the badge, and you will be entered to win one of three exciting prizes:

Samsung Gear VR! (2017 Edition)

Paxcess Wireless Earbuds!

Lego Star Wars Millennium Falcon!

How do I get started?

First, create your CloudCred account.

Then, access the CloudCred VMUG Virtual December list of tasks.

Finally, begin by registering: Task 4846: VMUG Virtual December – Register

Is there anything else I can win?

One more thing! Take part in this quick opinion survey, and you’ll be entered to win a MyPassport 1TB hard drive – and know that you’re helping out the community. Thanks.

Task 4774: Which Webcast Name is Coolest?

Play, Connect, and WIN at CloudCredibility.com