Hello readers, it’s that time of year again, time to get ready for VMworld. What better way to get ready than winning an all expense paid trip to VMworld for FREE! You read that right, FREE! This is the third year now that I’ve been lucky enough to put together a free trip to VMworld for one lucky winner, on top of that this is the 10th anniversary of VMworld which makes it extra special. This year’s contest is just as good if not better than last year’s contest. If you haven’t heard of this contest before, read about last year’s winner Stacy Carter’s experience, or 2011 winner Jason Silva’s experience, these should get you pumped about winning this contest. Now that you know how this contest goes, let’s get down to the details for vDestination’s VMworld 2013 Free Trip Contest.
THE CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED, THANKS FOR YOUR ENTRIES AND GOOD LUCK! WINNER TO BE ANNOUNCED ON 6/19/2013
What you will win
This year’s prize package is super exciting thanks to some awesome vendor sponsors! Thanks go to Veeam, Train Signal and Nutanix for helping me to put together an amazing prize package for the lucky winner, here’s what you’ll win:
Of course there are a ton of other intangibles that you will get from winning this contest such as networking with some of the best minds in virtualization, access to the legendary VMware Hall of Labs, a visit to one of the most amazing cities in the world and of course the vendor parties and awesome VMworld Party! From my personal experience as a 3 time VMworld alumni and from the experience of my past winners, this is the opportunity of a lifetime to gain unprecedented knowledge and experience from the industry’s leading virtualization software, VMware. That being said, stayed tuned to the contest page as in past years sponsors have come out of the woodwork to offer hardware, party invites and software packages adding to the winners prize package.
How to Enter & Contest Rules
The first iteration of this contest was a simple draw out of a hat for the winner, last year was based on the need to go and targeted to those who could not afford to go. This year is going to be a mixture of the two to make it as fair as possible. You will leave a comment on this blog post telling us (a panel of vExpert judges) why you want to go to VMworld 2013 and why you deserve to win. As in the past, if you write a novel, we’ll just ignore it. There were over 150 entrants in last years contest and we don’t want to spend an entire week sifting through 1000 word entries, this isn’t twitter but try to keep it as brief as possible. Once the contest is closed we will sift through the entries and come up with our top 10 entries which will then be placed in a hat (bowl/box/bag/whatever’s lying around) which the winning entry will be drawn out of. After the winner has been drawn, you will be contacted via email and then announced on twitter and on vDestination.com. Once we have a winner and they have been announced, we will schedule a vExpert Corner in which you, the winner, will appear with some of the judges to discuss with you how to prepare for VMworld and answer any questions you might have.
The rules are as follows: Only one (1) entry/comment per person, the entry must include your twitter handle (if you have one), full name (first and last), reason you should win and a valid email address where you can be contacted (your email address and info will not be sold to or shared with any of the vendor sponsors. Your email address will be entered into the form and not in the body of your entry and will remain hidden from the rest of the entries). If any one of those items are missing from your entry it will not be considered for the contest. If you have won this contest before you are disqualified from entering. The contest is open to anyone in the world, however your air fare is only covered up to $500 anything above and beyond that limit would need to be covered by the winner. If you win the contest, you need to actually show up to VMworld, if you can’t go or know you won’t be able to get work off, please don’t enter. The contest is open today June 3, 2013 and ends at 7:00pm Eastern on Friday June 14th. The winner will be announced on Wednesday June 19th 2013.
What’s Expected of You
If you are the lucky winner you will be expected to participate in one episode of the vExpert Corner podcast and one Veeam Community podcast. After your VMworld experience comes to an end you’ll be expected to do a write-up (see past winners) of your trip to be posted on vDestination.com. I encourage you to take a ton of pictures and jot down highlights throughout the week so you can add it all to your post. That’s it! There is no purchase necessary. Enter today by leaving your comment on this post and good luck to you! Once again thanks to Veeam, Train Signal and Nutanix for making this contest possible… this is the best community in IT!