It’s that time again, my annual free trip to VMworld contest is here! It’s a bit late this year, but better late than never. VMworld 2014 looks to be great this year, I’m positive there will be many incredible announcements from VMware and many of their partners. The Solutions Exchange floor seems to get better every year, the booths are incredible and the giveaways and swag get better every year. If this is your first time going, it is sure to be an incredible experience. If you are a veteran, you already know how it will be, and it shouldn’t disappoint. For those of you who are visiting my blog for the first time, welcome and thanks for stopping by. Each year for the past 4 years I’ve been able to give away an all expense paid trip to VMworld, the worlds largest and best virtualization conference (at least in my opinion).

Contest Details
First and foremost, I have to thank my generous sponsors this year, Veeam and Infinio. Veeam has sponsored the full conference pass for the past 4 years, and I can’t thank them enough for being so generous and willing to give back to the community. This year, I also have to thank Infinio for sponsoring the airfare to San Francisco (SFO). Every year I’ve been able to provide a full all expense trip to VMworld, this year unfortunately, I wasn’t able to drum up a sponsor for the hotel accommodations. Understandably, that’s a big expense, however, if you truly want to go to VMworld, you’ll find a place to stay.

By winning this contest, you’ll get a free VMworld 2014 full conference pass (complete with a famous VMworld backpack) and air fare to SFO up to $400. So how do you win? In years past, I’ve done random picks from a hat, need based applications, and a mixture of the two. This year the winner will be the person that can explain why they should go to VMworld in 140 characters or less, Twitter style! A panel of vExperts will judge your entries and we will pick the best entry to win the contest.

How to Enter
To enter this contest simply leave a comment on this blog post (one entry per person), using 140 characters explain why you should win a trip to VMworld 2014 in San Francisco. Anyone on planet earth can enter this contest, however air fare is only covered up to $400 USD. You will have to find hotel accommodations of your own, which there are a lot of options, check Airbnb for a good option. You must leave your full name (please no nick names or Gravatar names), email address and Twitter handle if you have one. That’s it, nothing else to it. After the contest closes myself and a panel of vExpert judges will pick the winner among all of the entries. Again, only one entry per person please, any duplicate entries will be deleted.

The contest is now open and will run through this week closing on August 1st at 9:00pm EST, any entries after 9:00pm EST will not be considered. Again, thanks so much to Veeam and Infinio for sponsoring my contest, I couldn’t do this without you. The winner will be chosen after the contest closes and announced on Monday August 4th on If there are other companies out there that are willing to sponsor the hotel accommodations, please reach out to me on my Contact Me page.

Good luck!

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.

33 thoughts on “Go to VMworld 2014 for FREE!!!!

  1. Going to vSphere my complete infrastructure (half a dozen laptops and workstations; two dozen Fusion/Workstations; four servers and six routers/switches) for an economic friendlier setup.

  2. I want to know why ppl are paying for costly #wmare when #hyperv is free

  3. Hi,

    I would like to go vmworld cuz I’m still learning in virtualization world and I want gain and increase my contacts in vm experts field .

  4. First i want to thanks you again for this contest and i m happy to be the first to post a comment on your blog. So why should i win this contest, first i m the first at this moment at contest organized by VMware. Second VMware will be lunching a new generation of products SDDC oriented and i need to be there to see this. it is a new infrastructure revolution coming toward us. Third, my last VMworld was 3 years ago, and i have never been to san Francisco for a VMworld. I have to visit this town and to meet you if you will be there. I may have also the opportunitie to visit VMware headoffice with some VMware local Staff. I may also be able to pass a new certification VCP-cloud
    Last point, i m sure that any french canadian people have ever win at this contest, so it could be a first for you too… lol
    Obviously if i don’t win, i ll have passed my message, thanks you Greg, VEEAM and Infinio for making this possible

    1. Thanks for the kind words, I’ll need you to resubmit your entry with only 140 characters or less. Trying to keep it easy to judge all of the entries. Good luck!


  5. With the introduction of NSX the software defined datacenter is within sight.
    I would love to be there with the specialists to get Max benefit

  6. I am software developer for networking equipment. Four years ago, I start looking into virtualization and currently cloud technologies with my own time and money. I am trying to stay relevant and to find my destiny in the cloud industry.
    A long and difficult journey for me but during the process I learned a lot and have met new friends.
    I want to go to VMworld 2014 to learn more by attending the various informative sessions, to test drive both old and new technologies with the Hands on labs and to meet more new friends. I can also take advantage of the 50% off for the VCAP-CID exam.

    1. Anthony,
      Please resubmit your entry with 140 characters or less, same as Twitter! Makes it easier to get through all the entries, thanks!


  7. No new taxes! I am costing the State of South Dakota big Benjamin’s to send me to VMworld. By getting a free ride I can impress the boss and maybe get to go again in 2015. I would save the tax payers of South Dakota the threat of new taxes by winning a trip so my registration money can be reallocated to saving the starving kittens in South Dakota.

    1. Dan,
      Thanks for the comment, however the instructions were to submit an entry with 140 characters or less (Twitter style), I’ll allow you to resubmit with 140 characters or less. Good luck!


    2. New submission Twitter Style:

      I cost the State of SD big $ to send me. A free ride saves tax payers of SD $ so funds can be used to save starving kittens in SD.

  8. I am trying to stay relevant and to find my destiny in the cloud industry.
    A long journey for me @VMworld I can learn and meet new friends.

  9. I’ve used Workstation to host VMs for RDP sessions & used Fusion to help Mac owners keep legacy pc apps. Help me “level up” & learn more! 🙂

  10. Hi Greg,

    I was really happy to have your contest this year again. Not leaving the winner to be totally random futher made me very excited! So it depends one one’s creativity (and a little bit of luck of course ;-).

    But disillusion unfortunately followed: the cheapest flight ticket to San Francisco would cost – in my case – at least about additional $ 800 – still lots of money and out of budget 🙁
    I’m sure there are lots of other people with the same problem from all over the world, too.

    Couldn’t you just talk to Veeam, that they would increase the amount of air fare?
    Maybe Veeam donates more, if the winner would wear a Veeam t-shirt – maybe with their boot-number and/or with a huge logo of them all the time 🙂

    Pleeeeeeeeease talk to them again, Greg …


    1. Hey Marco,
      Thanks for reading and thanks for leaving a comment. I understand that air fare is expensive, and Infinio has been very generous in sponsoring up to $400 for the winner’s air fare. While that makes it fairly easy for anyone stateside, I understand it would still incur a cost to anyone outside of the continental US. I wanted to open this contest to everyone, however my sponsor could only cover air fare at a rate that would fully cover anyone stateside. VMworld is an expensive event for companies that attend, so the fact that Veeam and Infinio have done what they have for my contest is HUGE! I appreciate what they’ve given and I won’t ask for more.

      Resubmit your comment in 140 characters or less if you would like to be considered for the contest. Thanks again for reading!


  11. our company is VMware vs Hyper-v; want to talk to the impartial experts at VMworld

  12. first time to VMWORLD and lives in the Bay Area!! Like to mix with IT techies from organizations of all sizes and educate myself with the skills necessary in the IT infrastructure.
    As always great vendor In-depth presentations and hands-on labs to witness the latest in virtualization innovations. Networking with industry experts and like to learn strategies.

  13. I should win a trip to VMworld so I can help my company better leverage our existing VMware and Veeam to make our environment more robust.

  14. Where else could you go to listen to talks from the best of the best in virtualization, storage, SDN, and SDDC in addition to networking with like minded professionals all in one spot. Being part of that experience would be an honor.

  15. I need to be at VMworld to pick the brains of all the great technologists pumping out all of these advanced technologies. To find out how best to use these to solve all of the complex problems with large enterprises.

  16. As a passionate technologist it is critical for me to stay current on emerging trends and tectonic shifts VMware is causing in the industry.

  17. New in SF working in an OpenStack integrator that offer VMWare in his portfolio would love to attend such a big even if you can give a pass!

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