Nominate an IBM Champion - Nominations OPEN
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It’s that time again – time to nominate someone (or yourself) to become an IBM Champion. Nominations open today, October 3, and will remain open through
Who are IBM Champions?
IBM Champions are not IBMers. Instead, they are customers, business partners, developers, and consultants who are being recognized by IBM both for their knowledge and for extraordinary contributions to our communities. IBM Champions are experts in their fields and share their knowledge as speakers at IBM and user group conferences, as well as via blogs, tweets, forums, articles, videos and more. IBM Champions are active in user groups and meetups, they bring developers, customers, and partners closer together to make the most of IBM technology. IBM recognizes IBM Champions in Analytics, Social Business, Power, and Cloud, including Middleware.
Who should be nominated as an IBM Champion?
Well, here are the detailed criteria (also described below), 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…
Criteria / Guidelines
The IBM Champion program requires IBM advocacy and influence outside one's own organization or customer engagements. We 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.
Contribution Areas - participation in at least 2 contribution areas are required; 3 are recommended. Samples of related contributions for each area are noted below.
Still not sure?
If you’re still not sure, maybe it would help to get to know some current IBM Champions. First, you can look
Got someone in mind?
Ok, so you’ve got someone in mind. Good. What’s next? Well, it’s time to NOMINATE!
Gather information about what the person has been accomplishing over the last 12-18 months with IBM technology. We look for people who are both knowledgeable experts and passionate about sharing that knowledge. So that means you want to be able to substantiate both their expertise (certifications, courses, applications, hackathons, Open Badges, etc.) and their advocacy (speaking engagements, blogs, social media, work with IBM teams, etc.).
A couple of notes: you can’t surprise someone with a nomination. You need to speak with them first and let them know you’re nominating them, because you’ll be sharing some personal data about them such as contact information and we want to be sure they’re ok with it. Also, you’ll want to see who they’ve worked with at IBM (business partner reps, sales reps, developer advocates, etc.), and include those IBMers in the process and on the nomination form.
Benefits of being an IBM Champion
Wait a minute, is it worth it? What does the person get if they’re selected as an IBM Champion?
IBM Champions receive the following and we're always working on new benefits for our IBM Champions.
Still not sure?
Still not sure? That's ok - we can help! We hosted an info session for anyone interested in learning more about the program. You’ll hear from Libby Ingrassia, the worldwide IBM Champion “wrangler,” as well as from some current IBM Champions about the process and the benefits. Watch the replay.
When you're ready to nominate yourself or someone else, here's your get-started checklist.
More useful IBM Champion links
Still have questions? Get in touch by leaving a comment here, by connecting with us via social media on Twitter @IBMChampions or by sending email to IBM Champion Wrangler Libby Ingrassia.
Nov. 14: edited to add some links and provide the new extension date