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The VMUG Virtual Event for EMEA & CloudCred Competition

Get into the Game! VMUG & CloudCred Competition

The VMUG Virtual Event for EMEA

On Thursday, September 28, 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.

Created with Europe, the Middle East and Africa in mind, this special VMUG EMEA Virtual Event will give participants the ability to take part in a virtual VMUG experience LIVE, in his or her own time zone, from anywhere. Hear energizing keynote speakers, engage in breakout sessions, attend a virtual trade show floor, and experience opportunities to connect with other attendees – peers and community experts – all at the click of a button.

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 EMEA 2017 tasks. Complete all the tasks – or enough to earn the badge, and you will be entered to win* one of three exciting prizes:

 

Raspberry Pi 3 Ultimate Starter Kit

 

 

 

 

Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband

 

 

 

 

Amazon Tap – Alexa-Enabled Portable Bluetooth Speaker

 

 

 

 

 

*Because this event is created with Europe, the Middle East and Africa in mind, CloudCred contest winners will be selected only from these regions.

How do I get started?

First, create your CloudCred account.

Then, access the VMUG Virtual EMEA 2017 Badge list of tasks.

Finally, begin by registering: Task 4703: VMUG Virtual EMEA: Register

 

Play, Connect, & WIN at CloudCredibility.com

The Great Amazon Echo Dot Giveaway

The Great Amazon Echo Dot Giveaway

What’s so interesting about the Amazon Echo Dot?

Amazon Echo Dots are steadily becoming ubiquitous household devices, able to stream music & podcasts, set alarms, play audiobooks, provide weather and traffic alerts, and generate other real-time information via voice interaction.

But did you know that an Amazon Echo Dot can also control a VM?

At VMworld this year & elsewhere in our community, you’ll find a host of opportunities to learn more about using an Amazon Echo and Echo Dot to interact with VMware vSphere.

Where can you learn it? 

The code.vmware.com Hackathon: Participants at this year’s Hackathon, Monday August 28 at VMworld US, will explore ways to configure an Echo Dot to interact with vSphere. Learn by doing.

VMware {code} – code.vmware.com – The official VMware program for developers, VMware {code} also provides the source & instructions. Learn by engaging on {code}.

CloudCredibility.com: Earn the Hands-On Labs Dev-Ops Badge at CloudCred –  including tasks which will take you step-by-step through this process AND qualify you for outstanding prizes, including a Roku 4K and a slew of Amazon Echo Dots. Learn by playing & winning at CloudCred.

Wait. I can WIN an Echo Dot? How?

How can you win one?

The code.vmware.com Hackathon: One more reason to attend. We’re giving them away at the Hackathon – so get your hack on.

The {code} communities space: Visit Tim (Bonneman) in the VMTN {code} communities space, say hi and drop your card in the bowl. Tim’s drawing winners!

CloudCred in the Hands-On Labs: Your major opportunity: To make sure EVERYONE has a chance to take home an Amazon Echo Dot, CloudCredibility.com is giving away 75 Echo Dots in the Hands-On Labs Venue at each VMworld event, US and Europe. You read that right – Random workshop and self-paced labs participants, all day every day, will be selected to win. It’s that easy.

The CloudCred VMworld 2017 At-Home Badge: Not attending VMworld? Rest easy; we’ve got Echo Dots for you, too. Complete the CloudCred VMworld 2017 At-Home Badge – aptly named because players can accomplish each of these tasks at home,  and 5 players will score Echo Dots after the events conclude. Maybe more, but at least five. We’re just that excited over the possibilities.

What else is going on? 

CloudCredibility.com is partnering once again with the experts in the Hands-On Labs to bring you the CloudCred VMworld Hands-On Labs Challenge. Complete labs, the corresponding CloudCred task, and work your way up the Labs World Leaderboard. Top scoring players every day will win GoPro Hero 3 cameras. Plus, Grand Prize winners on Wednesday will take home a DJI Spark Drone, a Roku 4K streaming device, Go Pros, and more!

Get more details on the CloudCred VMworld Hands-On Labs Challenge Here.

So make plans to learn, engage, and win with the VMTN communities, {code}, CloudCred, & the Hands-On Labs this year. It’s the year of VMware vSphere & the Amazon Dot.

We are excited to see you at VMworld – and around the communities.

CloudCred VMworld Hands-On Labs Challenge & Great Echo Giveaway

The time is drawing near!

Join the CloudCredibility.com team as they partner again with the experts in Hands-On Labs to bring you:

CloudCred VMworld Hands-On Labs Challenge & Great Echo Giveaway

At the start of each VMworld, in the VMworld Hands-On Labs World at CloudCredibility.com, and in the Hands-On Labs Connect Areas in Vegas & Barcelona, find:

Over 80 brand-new Self-Paced Hands-On Labs Tasks including Challenge Labs and Expert-Led Workshops –  plus Exciting Prizes:

 ~ The GREAT Echo Giveaway ~

Did you know that an Amazon Echo Dot can control a VM?

At this year’s Hackathon, participants will learn how to configure an Echo Dot to do this very thing!

Whether or not you can attend the Hackathon, the source & instructions can be found at VMware {Code}  – the official VMware program for developers.

Or, learn how by completing tasks in the Hands-On Labs Dev-Ops Badge at CloudCredibility.com – which will take you step-by-step through this cool process.

And to make sure EVERYONE has a chance to take home an Amazon Echo Dot, CloudCred is giving away 75 Echo Dots in the Hands-On Labs Venue at each VMworld event: US and Europe.

That’s seventy-five Amazon Echo Dots, or about 15 a day for 5 days in the US and 4 days in Europe!

 Winners will be selected by Expert-Led Workshop proctors, and at-random in the Self-Paced Labs room each afternoon.


Not attending VMworld?

Don’t let that get you down – you still have 5 chances to WIN an Amazon Echo Dot from the comfort of your own home.

Complete the VMworld 2017 At-Home Badge, previewing Monday, August 21.

5 winners will be selected at random after both VMworlds are over.


 PLUS!

Daily Points Raffles: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Players earning enough points to land in the Top 10 spots on the CloudCred, VMworld Hands-On Labs World Leaderboard will be      entered into the Daily Points Raffle.

GoPro Hero 3 Cameras: 1 Winner Daily

Badge Completions – Grand Prizes: Drawings to take place Wednesday afternoon. Players earning any of the four Contest Badges will be entered in Wednesday’s Badge Raffles.

DevOps Badge: Roku 4K

Expert Badge: Hands-On Labs Earbuds

Solutions Badge: GoPro Hero 3 Camera

Overall Badge: DJI Spark Drone

Make sure your schedule includes time in the Hands-On Labs & playing CloudCred, and you could take home any one of these great prizes.


PLUS!

Labs Tee-shirts for tweeting with #VMworldHOL

CloudCred Tee-shirts for new users

Hands-On Labs earbuds for the attendee who completes the 10,000th lab taken

**Hands-On Labs will be OPEN on Sunday in Vegas for early-attenders! Beat the crowds & visit on this first day.**


Players must complete Task 4601 & agree to contest terms & conditions. 

Employees of VMware are not eligible for contest prizes.

Players must be present to win Daily Points Drawings & Badge Drawings.

Players winning multiple prizes will be at the discretion of CloudCred staff.

 

The Making of a #1 Team

Over 700 teams actively competed at CloudCredibility.com over the past 12 months. Players build professional connections, enjoy camaraderie & competition, score points, win prizes, and of course – stay current in a very fast-paced environment.

But in 2016 one team, LonVMUG – clearly outstripped the competition, amassing both an impressive lineup of high point-scoring members as well as a long and eye-popping list of prizes.

Who are these CloudCred dynamos, and what have they been steadily accomplishing since March of last year?

Team LonVMUG began in May of 2013 by founding player Dave Simpson – but it wasn’t until Andy Nash (aka Nashers) entered the game that the LonVMUG team began to realize its powerhouse potential.

If you follow Twitter’s @andynash99, you’ll know that Andy takes CloudCred play seriously. Virtually single-handedly, he brought the team to Number 15 on the CloudCred World Leaderboard, checking in with a solid 25,000 team points by March of 2016. But Andy never pretended to be satisfied with good; he intended to take his team to Number 1. For that, they would need to score over 40,000 points to overtake the illustrious VMUG.IT, a team unsurpassed in CloudCred history.

It was time for Andy to do some recruiting.

Picking up players (aka new friends) at various events like London VMUG meetings, Vbeers, the National VMUG user cons, and VMworld, LonVMUG steadily amassed over 40,000 points in 6 months. That’s some real Cloud Credibility! The team now boasts Number 1 ranking on all the short-term Leaderboards, and is bearing down on the All-time Number 1 spot still held by VMUG.IT. Less than 20,000 points to go…

“I’m addicted to scoring CloudCred points” – Andy Nash. No truer words were ever spoken.

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Happy to connect at VMworld 2016: LonVMUG members scored enough CloudCred-Moscow Mule mug sets that they considered hosting their own cocktail party! Pictured here: Back L to R: Rob Bishop, Chris Bradshaw, Andy Nash, Amit Panchal. Front L to R: Gareth Edwards, Community Manager Noell Grier, Dave Simpson

From the tee-shirts and pen-knives to GoPros, VMware Course Vouchers and hard-drives, the players of LonVMUG have certainly enjoyed a wide variety of CloudCred prizes earned from all those points.

But LonVMUG team members aren’t in it for the swag – they love the camaraderie, the networking opportunities, the unique learning platform, and the ability to easily stay current in this fast-paced community.

Rob Bishop notes, “… CloudCred has enabled me to keep up to date with all the changes going on with VMware products.”

“I pick up information about technologies I might have otherwise missed,” says Chris Bradshaw.

Who will be the next hot team, ready to take on not only LonVMUG, but all the others vying for top spots in 2017? LonVMUG is eager for the competition – and with all the new badges and tasks, there are plenty of daily reasons to get you & your team involved.

A hearty 2017 Congratulations to Team LonVMUG.

We look forward to seeing your team at CloudCredibility.com!

Coming December 19: CloudCred vExpert Badges

Coming December 19, 2016 to CloudCredibility.com:

Three vExpert Badges – vExpert Engagement 2017, vExpert Readiness 2017, & vExpert 2017.

Each CloudCred badge has a different goal, with the overall purpose of helping players move toward vExpert status.

Engagement: Tasks included within the vExpert Engagement badge require players to engage with vExperts & vExpert content in the community. Engagement can be achieved by consuming the resources of current vExperts, by becoming active on Twitter, by taking part of Forums, and by sharing your knowledge back to the community. Completing the vExpert Engagement badge means a player has a good overview and understanding of the vExpert program. He or she understands whether vExpert status is something he wants to pursue.

Readiness: Tasks included within the vExpert Readiness badge require players to produce technical content in line with what is required of vExperts, to assume leadership roles in line with what is required of vExperts, and to complete the current vExpert application. Once a player has completed these tasks, they are then ready to apply for vExpert.

  • Content Creation & contribution, in the form of blog posts, public speaking, forum posts, videos, books, podcasts, magazine articles and so on.
  • Leadership, including VMUG leadership.
  • Application, requiring a completed application for vExpert status.

Once a player has earned the vExpert Readiness badge, he or she should be ready to apply for vExpert.

vExpert 2017: This is a one-task badge, and cannot be completed and earned without vExpert status, awarded through the traditional application process. Once vExpert status is confirmed, the final CloudCred badge is awarded.

Look for these badge sets of tasks beginning Monday, December 19 at CloudCredibility.com.