Applications for the vExpert 2017 program are closed. Applications for the 2018 program will open in December of 2017.
The VMware vExpert program is VMware's global evangelist 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. The awards are for individuals, not companies, and last for one year. Employees of both customers and partners can receive the awards. In the application, we consider various community activities from the previous year as well as the current year's (only for 2nd half applications) activities in determining who gets awards. We look to see that not only were you active but are still active in the path you chose to apply for.
If you are interested in becoming a vExpert the criteria is simple. We are looking for IT Professionals who are sharing their VMware knowledge and contributing that back to the community. The see the term "giving back" as defined as going above and beyond your day job. There are several ways to share your knowledge and engage with the community. Some of those activities are blogging, HOL Captains, VMworld Presenters, CTOA Members, book authoring, magazine articles, CloudCred task writing, active in facebook groups, forum (VMTN as well as other non VMware) platforms, public speaking, VMUG leadership, videos and so on.
How to apply for vExpert
The process to apply is easy, twice per calendar year we open applications for a period of 30 days. Once the 30 days are over we close the applications and move into the voting process which takes 45 to 60 days. Applications open for each calendar year are opened in November / December and results are announced in early February. We open applications again which we refer to 2nd half applications in June with an August announcement. Every vExpert, VCDX as well as any new applicants must apply at least once per year.
Recommend a colleague
If you know a colleague who you think would be a great fit for the vExpert program you can encourage them to apply by using the quick form at (closed). They will still need to fill out the complete vExpert application even after the recommendation.
vExpert Program Benefits
Q. What if I'm not picked for vExpert?
A. This is partially why we have the 2nd half application process. This gives you time to meet the vExpert criteria if you were not selected. You can always reach out to vExpert<@>vmware.com and we will provide guidance for the follow application period as well as feedback on why you were not awarded.
Q. If I'm a VCDX do I need to apply?
A. Yes, everyone must apply for the vExpert.
If you have questions about the vExpert program please email vExpert at vmware.com. For the latest vExpert updates, follow @vExpert on Twitter.