VMworldbound Contest

After some consideration, here is how the winner of the #VMworldbound contest will be selected.

On Tuesday August 1st, seven finalists will be picked by William Lam and myself; these people will be notified and expected to confirm no later than Wednesday morning at 9am EST that if they win the VMworld Pass, they will be able and planning to attend, for sure.
The idea and point of this giveaway is to make sure this pass is not wasted and provide someone in the community the opportunity to enjoy a great conference. 
If any of the finalists can't make it for whatever reason, another person not initially picked will enter the "Selected 7".

Announcements for finalists will be made on Twitter and/or via the medium the finalist used to submit her/his entry. The soonest a confirmation of attendance is received the better.

On Wednesday night I will be broadcasting on Periscope the actual drawing and selection of the winner. The names of finalists will be placed in a bag/hat/box (or whatever container I find) and a lucky one will be pulled. 

If you want to be notified and watch the live broadcast, even if you're not participating, you'll need to enable account notifications on Twitter.

Give this a try, you never know what the future may bring.

Good luck to all participants!

Free VMworld Pass Contest

Would you like to go to VMWorld and don't have a pass? 
If your answer is yes, read on... You may be the lucky winner of a free registration code for it.

I want to give someone the possibility of attending VMworld 2017 in Las Vegas next month, so I'm giving away a validated registration code for the big conference to a lucky person in the vCommunity and hopefully make a difference in that person's career.

Ideally, the gal or guy would be someone who has not attended VMworld before, although having attended in the past doesn't disqualify you from participating :) 

Would like to see a person who is enthusiastic about virtualization, eager to learn and to take full advantage of everything this event has to offer.

Having attended my first and only VMworld last year made me realize the immense value this conference presents if you take advantage of its opportunities; you get to see great stuff on the different breakout sessions, practice and learn the latest products and/or features from VMware in the Hands-on-Labs, meet amazing and smart people and have tons of fun in the process.

When the additional registration code became available to me this week, I thought of contributing it to somebody who may not have the chance of attending and giving that individual the opportunity to experience the awesomeness that I enjoyed last August.

So, for a chance to win, comment on this blog or use hashtag #VMworldbound on Twitter and list the reasons why you would like to attend VMworld 2017. Make sure you tag @lamw and myself @j_kolkes if using Twitter.

Community leader William Lam will be picking and announcing the winner on August 2nd.

The only requirements are:
  • You want and are able go to VMworld2017 in Las Vegas.
  • You can cover flight and hotel expenses. They're not included in this giveaway.
  • You promise to meet with William and myself for a drink and picture while at the event ;)

Update: Click here to learn how the winner will be selected.