IBM Champion Nominations are NOW Open
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Nominations are NOW Open
The nomination period for IBM Champions will run from 17 September through 22 October this year. Yes, it's a bit earlier. We are trying to ensure that newly selected IBM Champions will have the opportunity to get to Think with the Champion discount.
Wan to re-nominate yourself or nominate a colleague or community member? Tell us about your activity that advocates for IBM and supports the community.
What is the IBM Champions program?
I think most of those reading this blog are familiar with the IBM Champions program. If you're not - or if you're looking for someplace to send a colleague or community member who's less familiar with the program, I suggest you refer to the mai
IBM Champions are non-IBMers such as customers, partners, consultants, or academics. Champions have an expertise in IBM products and do amazing things with those products—and then they share that expertise. Some Champions advocate "behind the scenes," for example, by supporting IBM with proof of concepts or customer reference calls or by sharing their knowledge about IBM in their own companies. Champions may also be more public about their advocacy and support for the technical community by speaking at conferences, running user groups and conferences, and writing blogs and articles.
The IBM Champions Program recognizes, rewards, and catalyzes the work these amazing thought leaders and advocates do.
IBM Champion Selection Criteria
So how do you know if you're IBM Champion material? How will you pick colleagues and community members to nominate? We want IBM Champions who:
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 must be above and beyond a nominee's job duties, but may be internal or external. The list below is just a few examples - I'm constantly amazed by the types of contributions to the community that our Champions share with me.
Tips for the IBM Champion Nominations
Yay! You've picked your people or decided to renominate yourself. Now what? Here are a few tips about this year's nomination forms and processes to help you make the most of your time and effort.
First, there are multiple nomination forms this year: for renomination, for self-nomination for a new Champion (or Champion alumni), for nominating someone else, and for an IBMer who's nominating someone else. IF you are a current IBM Champion who has regularly reported your IBM Champion activity in 2018, look for a separate email from me with a very short nomination form.
In general, we've tried to minimize the noise in the renomination forms; that is, the renomination form assumes we have a lot of information about you and asks you to spend your time telling us about the work you did this year. Similarly, if you're nominating someone else, we're aware that you don't have all their information. What you do have is knowledge of what they did that impressed you and how they made a difference. So the form focuses on those details and we'll ask your nominee to tell us more.
On the other hand, if you're a submitting a new nomination for yourself, we do ask detailed questions to get the most information about who you are and what you've done.
Regardless of which form you're submitting, there are two key details we need. First, we need to know what product or products you've focused on this year. Then, we need you to describe in detail your top activities this year. The activity(ies) should be something that had a strong impact or that you're particularly proud of.
This list includes a few tips for what we need to see:
Finally, talk to the nominee before you submit their nomination. We'll be asking anyone who has been nominated to also submit a self-nomination and that conversation goes more smoothly if it's not a surprise! Plus, they can help you gather information about them.
If you're a current IBM Champion, we talked about nominations in the September call - if you missed it, you can check the repl
If you're a community member who wants to become an IBM Champion, I suggest you take some time to review the website for the selection criteria, benefits, and expectations for Champions. Then gather links for what you've accomplished this year and get
We are also planning a webcast through IBM Community to give you more details, answer questions, and let you hear from some IBM Champions - stay tuned here for more details.
Look for more blogs over the next few weeks with program updates, profiles of current Champions in Action and more. Nominations remain open through 22 October.