The IBM Champion program recognizes innovative thought leaders in the technical community. An IBM Champion is an IT professional, business leader, or educator who influences and mentors others to help them make the best use of IBM software, solutions, and services, shares knowledge and expertise, and helps nurture and grow the community. The program recognizes participants' contributions over the past year in a variety of ways, including conference discounts, VIP access, and logo merchandise, exclusive communities and feedback opportunities, and recognition and promotion via IBM's social channels.
Contributions can come in a variety of forms, and popular contributions include blogging, speaking at conferences or events, moderating forums, leading user groups, and authoring books or magazines. Educators can also become IBM Champions; for example, academic faculty may become IBM Champions by including IBM products and technologies in course curricula and encouraging students to build skills and expertise in these areas.
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The nomination period for IBM Champions will run from 9 October to 13 November this year.
Now that nominations are open, it's time to gather your information so you can (re-)nominate yourself or nominate a community member you think should join the Champion ranks.
IBM Champion Selection Criteria
So how are you going to pick who to nominate? The selection criteria haven't changed. We still want IBM Champions who:
Demonstrate both expertise in and extraordinary support and advocacy for IBM technology, communities, and solutions.
Share advocacy and influence both within and outside their organizations or customer engagements.
Influence and mentor to help others make the most of investments in IBM software, solutions and services.
You want to nominate (or renominate) those who have offered significant contributions over the past 12 months. Consider what you (or they) have done that is regular, significant, impactful. Contributions should be above and beyond a nominee's job duties, but may be internal or external. The list below is just a few examples.
- Regularly blogging or creating other technical content
- Tweeting regularly (on topics relevant to our industry, but not necessarily IBM-specific tweets)
- Speaking at multiple events in a calendar year
- User Group Conference Committee member (involves the planning and execution of one or more conferences, events, or meetups)
- President, Leader, or Board member of a worldwide or local user group
- Providing regular customer reference engagements
- Regularly being an advocate for IBM products inside your organization, making connections, and educating users
More information about the IBM Champion Program: IBM developerWorks - Champions