THE CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED, NO MORE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED. THANKS AGAIN TO MY SPONSORS FOR HELPING ME PUT TOGETHER THIS GREAT TRIP. THE WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED MONDAY JULY 16, 2012. THANKS FOR ENTERING!
VMworld 2012 in San Francisco is only 60 days away! I’m fortunate enough to be going again and the excitement is building by the day it seems. Last year I was able to give away a full trip to VMworld 2011 thanks to the generosity of some of my sponsors. I’m doing it again this year, if you can’t get to VMworld 2012 on your own, let me send you… for free! Thanks again to some incredibly generous sponsors, I’m giving away an all expense paid trip to VMworld 2012 in San Francisco, CA from August 26th through the 30th. Below are the details of your trip should you win:
*VMworld 2012 Full Conference Pass
*Air fare to SFO up to $500 USD
*5 nights hotel accommodations (Sun-Thurs)
Drobo contacted me and has donated one of their Drobo B800i iSCSI storage arrays. This is valued at $2,969.99! Wow, thanks Drobo for such a generous donation and sponsorship of my contest. I couldn’t see it being fair that the winner of the full trip also received the Drobo, so I’ve decided that the vExpert panelists that decide the winner will give the second most deserving entry the Drobo B800i. Even if you don’t get to come to VMworld for free, you still might have a shot at the Drobo, which is a sweet prize.
I’m excited to give this trip to a deserving winner and I couldn’t have done any of this without the help of my sponsors on this trip, thanks a ton. Thanks to Veeam Software for sponsoring the full conference pass. To Train Signal for getting my winner there, by air fare or Train! Thanks also to Symantec for putting my winner up in a hotel in San Francisco for 5 nights and for planning a dinner outing too!
There has been a pretty overwhelming response to this trip contest. Other sponsors have wanted to add something to the trip and that’s fine. If you are a sponsor and want to add a perk also, please contact me and we’ll make it happen. I want the winner to have an incredible trip and and experience they will not soon forget.
How To Enter
This trip contest is based on need and need alone. If you can’t afford to go to VMworld, if your company won’t send you then this is your chance. In order to enter to win you will need to make a comment on this blog post and include the following three points in your comment:
(1)Describe to me and my sponsors why you need to go to VMworld 2012, (2)What you are most looking forward to (it’s okay if it’s Bon Jovi, it may be what I’m most looking forward to!) and (3)How you plan on paying it forward.
This shouldn’t take more than one paragraph really, you won’t have a better chance if you write a novel, keep it short and concise. You will be chosen by a panel of vExperts based on your answers to the questions above.
What Is Required of You
Should you be the lucky winner there will be a few obligations on your part. First off, Symantec is sponsoring your hotel accommodations as well as a dinner on them. At the dinner you and a guest will be taken out to dinner by some of the Symantec executives and there may be a short presentation, but I’ve been promised it will be relaxed and fun. Train Signal will want to do a video interview with you discussing your trip to VMworld that they can post on their blog. I’m trying to get the winner and myself on a Veeam Community podcast with Rick Vanover to discuss your experience at the show. After you return from your trip, you will be required to do a write-up of your trip that will be posted on vDestination.com, be sure to take pictures to share.
Again, this is based on need, if you can afford to go or your company is able to send you, please don’t enter. You must answer all three questions from above, only one (1) entry per person, the contest is open to anyone regardless of where you live (only $500USD will be available to you should you come from outside the United States). You must leave your full name (first and last) not just twitter handles or nicknames. You must have a valid email address so that we can contact you should you be chosen as the winner. Twitter handles or other social media info is not required but may be added at the end of your entry if you wish. Only enter this contest if you can get away from work and can commit to being there should you win.
The contest is now live and will end on Tuesday July 10th at 5pm EST. No entries will be taken after the contest closes on the 10th. After deliberation by the panel of vExpert judges, a winner will be chosen and then announced on Monday July 16th. Enter now!