From today 1st of June vExpert 2020 Second Half is now open. This is the second part of the two applications that are possible to apply each year.
vExpert 2020 Second Half will be open between June 1st, to July 19th and the awards will be announced on the 17th of July. So if you did not apply on the first one this year, you now have a second opportunity to apply and be part of one of the two best vCommunity programs (for me, the other one is Veeam Vanguard).
Benefits of being a vExpert
Here’s is list of some of the benefits for receiving the award.
- Networking with 2,000 vExperts / Information Sharing
- Knowledge Expansion on VMware & Partner Technology
- Opportunity to apply for vExpert BU Lead Subprograms (see below)
- Possible Job Opportunities
- Direct Access to VMware Business Units via Subprograms
- Blog Traffic Boost through Advocacy, @vExpert, @VMware, VMware Launch & Announcement Campaigns
- 1 Year VMware Licenses for Home Labs for almost all Products & Some Partner Products
- Private VMware & VMware Partner Sessions
- Gifts from VMware and VMware Partners
- vExpert Celebration Parties at both VMworld US and VMworld Europe with VMware CEO, Pat Gelsinger
- VMware Advocacy Platform Invite (share your content to thousands of vExperts & VMware employees who amplify your content via their social channels)
- Private Slack Channels for vExpert and the BU Lead Subprograms
Which Path Should you Apply for?
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.
The Customer Path is for leaders who evangelize VMware. We are looking for passionate customers who do the work to evangelize within their organization or worked with VMware to build success stories, act as customer references, given public interviews, spoken at conferences, or were VMUG leaders. The actives must not be related to your position within the company, i.e. not being paid for evangelizing VMware. A VMware employee reference is recommended if your activities weren’t all in public.
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.
VMUG & VCDX
If you are an active VMUG Leader or hold the title of VCDX you will qualify for the vExpert award. VMUG leaders are verified through the VCDX directory. VMUG leader titles and activities are also verified and you must be an active leader in your chapter. Inactive VMUG leaders will not qualify for the award. To apply via VMUG or VCDX, please use the evangelist path and state you are a VCDX or VMUG leader and which chapter. All VCDX applicants will be verified via vcdx.vmware.com.
If you need help, check out any of the vExpertPRO that are here to support all vExperts (new and old) how to apply and to explain all about the vExpert Program. Check HERE the list of all vExpertPRO and reach out to anyone if you need to apply with your application or another type of help regarding the vExpert program.
Now go ahead and apply for the vExpert program https://vexpert.vmware.com/apply
My vExpert history
Let me share just a few words about my history with the vExpert program.
I apply to this program for the first time in 2016. Even I was a blogger already for some years, I never applied for this program, and then I decided to apply. Today I say that I should have done it sooner.
After I apply to vExpert program my professional life did change, not in my job since I still work in the same company, but I was recognized in the company as an expert with VMware (of course my daily job need to prove that) and receive excellent feedback and congratulations from the company regarding this award.
The best part, I meet a lot of people since then, some of them I call them friends today, and great VMware experts. learn a lot in the last 4/5 years that I am in this program. Not only with all the vExperts but also in program writing and sharing a lot of good technical content.
I had great encounters and parties with all the vExperts, great technical talks and I was in the VMworld for the first only after I was vExpert with blog pass. I went to so many events since I apply for vExpert, even apply for a different program Veeam Vanguard, and I am Veeam Vanguard since 2018.
Since 2016 that I am vExpert, meanwhile, I was award also with vExpert vSAN and plan to apply for vExpert NSX in the next opening.
Since I apply to vExpert, my blog has more than 150k visitors a year and have been contacted by so many people by email, private messages, Twitter, and Slack regarding about content I write.
It was a great decision to be part of this problem program, today, I know I have recognition from my peers in vCommunity as a technician that works with VMware products and other areas.
All of this, I am pretty sure, would not happen if I didn’t decide to be part of the vExpert program.
So again, if you did not decide yet to apply, please apply you will not regret and if you did not manage in the first application, do not give up, continue to work, and apply again in the next opening.
The official page for vExpert announcements: https://blogs.vmware.com/vexpert
My vExpert page: https://vexpert.vmware.com/directory/281
My VMware forum page: https://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-32920 (I am not very active here).
Good Luck to all that will be applying, for all new applications, and for the vExpert renewals.
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