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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.

VMworld: 8 VMTN Community Opportunities You Don’t Want to Miss

To recognize VMTN Community contributors, there are going to be 8 fantastic programs running at VMworld – including some for those who cannot attend the event. Get excited and get signed up for the following:

For the Folks at Home:

  1. Beams (VMworld US only):
  • 3 Beams at the VMTN Community Area.
  • Beams are video conferencing tools which provide the freedom to explore VMvillage from the comfort of your own home.
  • Sign up now!
  1. VMTN Homepage Takeover
  • Featuring: livestream videos, VMworld social, live podcasts, blogs, {code}fest updates, and links to the forums with information on the latest VMware announcements.
  • Bookmark this page to Stay Connected.

For the Show-Goers:

  1. vBrownBag TechTalks – A VMTN Member

  1. Closed Booths Available for Podcast, Vlog, or even Webinar creation
  1. Blogger Program
  • Blogger tables will be set-up to provide a space for bloggers to write, charge, and network.
  • VMware Blogger Program Manager, Elsa Mayer, will be manning this area in the US and Europe to introduce her plans for the program and hand-out SWAG do nothing else… Don’t miss the opportunity to stop by.
  1. {code}fest
  • Come visit VMware {code} program manager, Tim Bonnemann, at his VMware {code} in the VMTN Community Area to learn about the program, sign-up, and get more SWAG do nothing else.
  • {code}fest sessions available for registration in the VMworld US and Europe.
  • Sign up for the {code} fest Hackathon on Monday night at VMworld U.S. and VMworld Europe.
  • Amazon Echos will be given away at the VMware {code} booth, at Hackathon Training Sessions, and at the Hackathon.
  1. CloudCred
  • CloudCred will support the VMware Hands-On Labs by running the CloudCred, Hands-On Labs Challenge.
  • Each lab and workshop will have its own unique, corresponding task on the CloudCred website.
  • Every day, CloudCred & the Labs will award Amazon Echoes, along with other prizes to those people landing in the top spots on the CloudCred, Labs Leaderboard
  • Visit CloudCred community manager, Noell Grier, in the Hands-on Labs area at VMworld US or Europe, to learn more.
  1. vExpert Party
  • Each year, vExpert Advocacy Manager, Corey Romero, hosts all of the vExperts for an after-hours event at a fantastic location near VMworld. Inside-scoop: this years US party will be held at the Las Vegas Pinball Hall of Fame.
  • If you are a vExpert, watch your email for invitations to both the US and Europe parties.

And that’s a wrap! I will see you folks either virtually, or in person at the VMTN Community Area in VMvillage in just over a month.

For further information or questions around these programs, email the VMTN Community Manager, katieb@vmware.com.

VMTN Gets virtuallyGhetto: Community Warrior #4

With the below announcement, nominations are now open for winner #5

It is my pleasure to announce the newest VMware Technology Network Community Warrior Badge is being awarded to one of VMware’s very own, William Lam.

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Congratulations William! @Lamw is well-known for his blog, virtuallyGhetto, but has also been actively contributing to VMTN for almost 10 years. He has earned nearly 25,000 points in this time and attained the Guru badge, consistently supporting others in their endeavors to achieve automation. He has been instrumental in helping the VMware {code} developer program take-off, presents at VMUGs all over the world, and has been a vExpert since the start of the program.

In exploring his online presence, and reading the wonderful nominations I received for him from @LucD, @arielsanchezmor, and @Nscuola, who described William’s following as “cult-like,” I decided I needed to find out more about the man behind the scripts first-hand.

I had the chance to ask him a few questions…

K:   William, you are a very decorated community member, you were just named one of the Top 50 Overall VMware Influencers this year, and you’ve been a vExpert for all 8 years – why and how did you start as a VMware evangelist?

W: The evangelism was really a by-product of the work I had been doing over the years rather than a specific goal I had in mind. Like many in the VMware Community, my career started out as a regular Systems Administrator and at the time, I was supporting a mix of Linux/UNIX and VMware-based infrastructures. Having worked for several large Enterprises, I was exposed to a multitude of challenges which gave me a great opportunity to learn about news things and solve some really hard problems.
I am a huge believer in sharing what you have learned so that others can build on top of that knowledge and do even greater things. This constant learning and sharing of VMware knowledge has always been something I enjoyed and as I mentioned earlier, the evangelism for VMware and their solutions just sort of happened naturally.

K: Very cool! I’m sure a lot of our readers can relate. How did you get to where you are today – with almost 17,000 followers on Twitter and one of the most popular blogs in the community?

W: To be perfectly honest, I still ask myself that every day. I think for me personally; I have always enjoyed learning about new things and sharing that back with the community whether that is explaining a complex topic or building creative solutions to solve real customer problems. I think being passionate about what you do really helps, regardless if you are the #1 blogger or 2,013th blogger. Find that one thing you really love and just keep at it, you may not see it right away, but it will pay dividends in the future in ways you cannot even imagine.

K: That’s great advice. What has your passion led you to lately… What are you currently working on?

W: I had just recently finished a fun little project with my good friend Alan Renouf called USB to SDDC which we also got to present for the first time in public at both the Sydney and Melbourne VMUG a couple of weeks ago. The idea is quite simple, how cool would it be if you could simply plug in a USB key into a server and have automatically provision and configure ESXi, the vCenter Server Appliance and vSAN without any additional user interaction? That is what Project USB to SDDC is all about. You can find more details in this blog post here: http://www.virtuallyghetto.com/2017/04/project-usb-to-sddc-part-1.html

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Do you have questions for William?  Reach out to him:

Over Twitter: @lamw

On VMTN: @lamw

Check out his blog: http://www.virtuallyghetto.com/

And for fun, his video of a 109-mile bike ride for charity he participated in: https://vimeo.com/106775852

Then be sure to submit your nominations for Community Warrior #5. Who has stood out in your favorite community lately? What warrior has been knocking down questions left and right? Contact the Community Manager @KTbradley on VMTN or through email at katieb@vmware.com to nominate.