vExpert 2014 applications are open, folks now get admitted on a quarterly basis!
This is something I've been meaning to apply to, for quite a while, having missed the deadline last year. I just got my application in, and figure TinkerTry visitors, RSS, and email subscribers might be the sort of folks who would also want to apply. This is not really a certification, it's more of a community contribution recognition. Read all about the VMware vExpert program here:
Applications for the 2014 vExpert program are now open. Applications will be accepted up until March 6th at midnight PST. Applications received after the March 6th deadline will roll into the Q2 nomination & voting process.
vExperts who participate in the program have access to private betas, free licenses, early access briefings, exclusive events, free access to VMworld conference materials online, and other opportunities to interact with VMware product teams. They also get access to a private community and networking opportunities.
What's new with the program? Well, you used to have to wait for the once-a-year application openings. Now it's quarterly!
We will leave the application open year round and at the end of each quarter we will begin the voting process for new vExperts from the previous quarter. So even if you are not picked to become a vExpert 2014 right away, we will allow for quarterly voting and nominations.
As of 9pm eastern time on Mar 05 2014, 1,067 other folks have clicked that VMware-provided application before you:
According to this tweet by @vExpert, voting is estimated to take 2-4 weeks. I suppose the likelihood of me getting accepted goes down with each additional applicant, but hey, I'm the sharing type.