The IBM Champion program recognizes innovative thought leaders in the technical community—and rewards these contributors by amplifying their voice and increasing their sphere of influence. The IBM Champion program is an exclusive group of IT professionals, developers, and business leaders external to IBM who are passionate about IBM's software, solutions, and services and who demonstrate extraordinary advocacy through sharing their knowledge and expertise and supporting others.
IBM is very excited to be announcing our newest IBM Champion program for Cloud*. Nominations for the 2016 IBM Cloud Champions will open very soon, so bookmark this blog for more information and a link to the nomination form. Nominations for the 2016 IBM Cloud Champions program are open to clients, business partners, and consultants worldwide. Candidates may be nominated by another individual or they may self-nominate.
IBM Champion Program Nomination Guidelines
The IBM Champion program requires IBM advocacy and influence outside one's own organization or customer engagements specific to IBM Cloud software, solutions, and services. We also seek individuals that have significant contributions in at least 2-3 areas as defined below. Note that these are guidelines rather than specific requirements, but they should give you the idea of the level of contribution most of the IBM Champions have prior to being selected. We encourage you to nominate anyone, yourself included, you feel is an active, strong advocate for IBM Cloud.
USER GROUP RESPONSIBILITIES - Board member of a worldwide or local user group; OR Volunteer for user group committees or teams to support user group initiatives or conferences
SOCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS - Blog regularly (at least 2 times a month, 4 is recommended); OR Tweet regularly (recommend daily); OR Create/deliver related videos, podcasts or webcasts (4 recommended)
CONTENT AUTHOR - Author & publish articles (recommend at least 4), white-papers (recommend at least 2), OR books.
COMMUNITY FORUM CONTRIBUTIONS - regularly share your expertise with others by responding to questions on community forums (3-4 times a week)
SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS - Speak at several IBM, User group or IT industry events per year (3-4 recommended)
CUSTOMER REFERENCE ENGAGEMENTS - Engage with IBM to develop a customer success story and/or video based on successes at your own company; OR Engage with IBM to act as a customer reference with multiple IBM prospects/clients (in person or via phone)
PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT - Active participant, providing feedback to IBM in Customer Advisory Councils or Beta programs
IBM Champion Benefits
Benefits to the selected IBM Champions include the following - and we're always exploring new benefits.
- Use of the exclusive IBM Champion logo and designation on public profiles
- Recognition and promotion via IBM's social channels
- Exclusive communities and feedback opportunities
- Conference discounts, VIP access at events
- IBM Champion Logo Merchandise to help identify them as special to IBM
- IBM Champion open badges to share across networking and web sites
* IBM Cloud includes software, solutions and services from Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), including SoftLayer (IaaS), Bluemix (PaaS), (SaaS), UrbanCode (DevOps), and others.