Wednesday, 19 September 2018

It's IBM Champion Season! Nominations are open!

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.
Take the opportunity to nominate an influencer of IBM Social Business now.

The nomination period for IBM Champions will run from 17 September to 22 October 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.

Who should be nominated as an IBM Champion?
Well, below are the detailed criteria, but maybe what would help are some examples of people who might be IBM Champions: The person in your company who knows everything there is to know about your IBM software or hardware and makes it all work together and is always the one answering everyone’s questions. The person writing articles or books about IBM technology. The person with a blog who investigates and covers IBM technology. The person who runs the local meetup or user group covering IBM technology. The person whose Twitter stream is always sharing what they’re building with IBM technology. The person making YouTube videos about developing with IBM technology. The person who has a couple of sessions every year at IBM and user group conferences and events. Those are all people who might be IBM Champions.
The IBM Champion program requires IBM advocacy and influence outside one's own organization or customer engagements.  IBM also seek individuals that have significant contributions in at least 2-3 areas as defined below (significant contributions = a contribution, executed multiple times or for an extended period of time).
This can be blogging regularly, 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 Planning Committee member (involves the execution of a conference or a part of the conference over a period of several months) or be a President or Board member of a worldwide or local user group for a period of 1 year.

Below some usefull links for more information about the IBM Champion Program and the link to the nomination form.
Nominate an IBM Champion : IBM Champion Program
Nomination Form IBM Champion : Nominate an IBM Champion
More information about the IBM Champion Program: IBM developerWorks - Champions

For more information see also the blog post IBM Champion Nominations are NOW Open by Libby Ingrassia.

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