Some stories are best told with the end at the beginning. This is one of them.
developerWorks is hosting the IBM Champions Program, which rewards and recognizes those advocates and evangelists who work with IBM to tackle problems of common interest.
Do you have what it takes to be a Champion?
Do you know somebody who does?
Nominations are now open for experts and advocates in multiple areas.
- Collaboration and Social Business nominations are now open
- WebSphere nominations are now open
- Rational nominations will open early next week
My short answer: check out the IBM Champions page and the "learn more" tab.
If you don't want to go to yet another link to find all this out then read on.
Some details about the IBM Champion Program:
- It is a program for non-IBMers. However, IBMers may nominate worthy candidates
- Champions are nominated based on contributions to IBM technology areas in the past 12 - 18 months
What kind of person are we looking for? In short, we are looking for the top tier, cream of the crop people that lead, motivate and energize with their actions. We know you are already out there. You are the people who lead user groups, run podcast series, go on speaking tours, and are on at 3am on tweeting updates to your blog post. You speak at conferences and answer questions on the developerWorks forums, ldd forums, GWC forums, outside forums, any and all forums. People know to come to you. You enjoy helping people.
Most of all, you are passionate about what you do and want to involve others and do big things together.
As part of the development and design of the program, I spoke to some of the people that are potential IBM Champions. We did both a virtual event earlier in the year and then a set of interviews at Lotusphere. As I spoke to potential champions I heard a common theme. More than one felt that it was presumptuous to nominate yourself for this kind of a program. It's heartening to know that there are those of you that have this kind of humility when it comes to this. If you do feel this way, please reach out to us or other colleagues around you and discuss it. I'm sure colleagues, peers and IBMers would be happy to nominate you if you resemble the description above.
Seth Godin talks about starting a tribe and making change happen. This program sets out to do just that. When you put passionate people together and empower them to take on big technical challenges, good things start to take place. You, as a potential Champion are already out there doing good things. What we can do is empower you to do more, and connect you to others who have the same passion as you do to make change happen and lead the way.
The launch of the program follows many months of hard work, built upon two years of experience from the IBM Information Champions Program, which will now fold into this larger scope initiative.
It is most definitely the start of many good things to come.