cloudcredlogoThis week I discovered something that’s been going on at VMware for almost a full month already, CloudCred. CloudCred or CloudCredibility is just that, a game you play to prove your credibility in the cloud. Does it really prove you have credibility with cloud related content? No probably not, but it does create a fun game you can play and track your peers to see who can rack up the most points. I’ve seen several posts on CloudCred already from the blogosphere that have slammed it and criticized VMware for making light of bloggers and tech leads experience with this game, to that I say, RELAX it’s just a game. If you want to join in the fun and play CloudCred then do, if not, then don’t go slamming it or making it out to be something more serious than it is. I just wanted to share my two cents on CloudCred and give you an idea of what it is and how to play it, hope it helps.

How Do I Play?
Joining is easy, just go to the CloudCred homepage and sign up. It’s fairly painless, you pick a log in name and password and then set some preferences and you’re off. The first thing you’ll have to do after signing up is join a team, this isn’t necessarily a mandatory task but some of the team related tasks are pretty cool, so join a team to get the full experience. Once you are signed up and have joined a team you can click on the tasks banner and start picking what tasks you want to complete. There are several task categories such as Blogger, Tech Cloud, Team, Service, Fun, Lab and many more. In each one of those categories you’ll find a task related to that category with a point value assigned to it. Most of the tasks will award you individual points and several team points as well. Here’s a screen shot of one of the tasks you’ll find under the Blogger category:
As you complete tasks your points begin to accumulate and as your points accumulate you will climb the CloudCred leaderboard. Again, don’t take this too seriously, its just a way to make giving back to the community more fun than it already is. This game is not meant to showcase you as a subject matter expert or genius by any means, just have fun with it. I’ve been at it for a week now and it’s been pretty fun finishing tasks and racking up points. You may be able to rack up a bunch of points because of all the things you’ve already done, you’d be surprised.

Yes, there are prizes.
So what do you get by racking up all these CloudCred points? Prizes of course. VMware is never stingy when it comes to swag and the CloudCred prizes are pretty cool. If you love t-shirts, then find a way to rack up 1,000 points and you’ll get the VMware CloudCred t-shirt. Rack up 10,000 points and you’ll get the CloudCred ball cap. Now, the grand prize of it all is for the top point getter overall, a free pass to VMworld Barcelona for you and a guest, 5 nights hotel, airfare for two and spending cash. Wow! That’s pretty incredible. The deadline for the grand prize is July 1, so start racking up your points now. Here’s a screen shot of the prizes you can expect to get if you get the required point values:cloudcredrewards

Get Your CloudCred On and Have Fun
Ok, so now you know how to sign up, how to play and what prizes you will win, so get to it. Leave a comment on this blog post and let me know if you signed up so I can follow your progress. Knowing VMware, I’m sure there will be some sort of integration with CloudCred and VMworld this year, so look for that, VMworld is 4 months away. If you want to follow my progress, my CloudCred user name is gregwstuart and my team name is vExperts, check out our team image below. Have fun and see you on CloudCred.

Greg W Stuart
Greg is the owner and editor of He's been a VMware vExpert every year since 2011. Greg enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 kids. He works as a Sr. Consultant at VMware and resides in Northern Virginia, 15 minutes west of Washington DC.

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