It’s been a couple of years now, but the vDestination VMworld Trip Giveaway is back!  I’m pleased to have put together a free trip to VMworld 2017 in Las Vegas.  Yes, you read it right, a free trip to VMworld 2017!  Have you been to VMworld before?  Is this your first time?  Either way, if you want to go again or for the first time, this is your shot at making the virtualization mecca for free!  I couldn’t have done any of this without the help of my sponsors, Veeam and Infinio.  It speaks volumes about their dedication to the virtualization community and willingness to pitch in where they can.  A big thanks goes out to Veeam and Infinio, seriously… thank you.  Here’s the details…


Trip Details

VMware’s annual conference is held in Las Vegas this year at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Resort.  If you have never been to VMworld, it’s time you went and experienced the biggest virtualization conference in the world.  My good friends at Veeam and Infinio have generously offered to sponsor the trip to VMworld this year, and for that I am very grateful.  This contest is open to anyone in the United States wishing to attend VMworld 2017 but can’t get there on their own.  If you win the trip, you will receive:

  •  One (1) full VMworld 2017 Conference Pass (Courtesy of my friends at Veeam) and …
  • Up to $500 towards your air fare (Courtesy of Infinio)

The only thing you’ll have to cover is the hotel, which I know can be pricey, which is why I’m still trying to get another sponsor involved to help cover the cost of lodging, consider this an open call to the virtualization community to help find a sponsor to pitch in!


How to Enter

First, read this post… then leave a comment on the post.  In your comment, you must convey a compelling reason why you should win the contest and how you would pay it forward.  You don’t need to fund someone else’s trip in the future, but find a way you plan to give back to the community in the near future.  That’s all, it doesn’t need to be a long response, no preference will be given to the entry that reads like a novel.


How to Win

In order to be chosen as the winner of this contest, you have to have the best and most compelling entry.  A panel of super star judges will be assembled to select the winner out of the top 5 entries we have agreed upon.  The contest opens today, August 1st and will close at 5pm Eastern on Monday August 7th.  Only one (1) entry per person please and again, try not to be extra wordy.  Include your twitter handle if you have one.  The winner will be announced on Wednesday August 9th in a blog post here at  All that is required of you is to write a blog post after returning from VMworld, describing your experience and how you plan on paying it forward.


Thanks for reading and 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.

6 thoughts on “Win a Trip to VMworld 2017!

  1. I am backup admin with an interest in VMware. I have been self funding my VMware education and have always wanted to attend VMworld. I have been writing blog posts trying to help others in the community with my different perspective as a backup admin. I have also applied for my vExpert and think VMworld would be a wonderful experience to expand my knowledge to improve my work.

    As far as paying it forward I plan to continue writing blog articles further sharing knowledge as well as would like to participate in some vBrownBags.

    Thanks for consideration!

  2. Good Afternoon All,

    Thanks for granting us the opportunity to win such a fantastic prize. I’m relatively new to VMware products (1-2 years) but I’m fascinated by its potential as it applies to both the company I currently work for and my career going forward. In 2016, I made a commitment to myself, family and colleagues that I would pursue each of the VCA6 certs and pass them successfully. With the proper study materials, HOL’s and the support from everyone around me, I am happy to report that I successfully passed each of the exams (5) in 2016. This was only the beginning and my goal for this current year is to pursue successfully pass the VCP6-DCV certification. With advice from folks in the industry (Dave Davis & Josh Andrews) and VMware employees (William Lam, Prabhu Barathi & Jad El-Zein) whom I’ve gotten to know via Twitter and their respective blogs, I decided to enroll in a VMware approved training course (ICM 6.0) which began in May and concluded on July 19th. I was able to successfully pass the Foundations exam shortly thereafter and I’ve now moved onto pursuing the professional (VCP6-DCV) exam with hopes of receiving a passing score before the end of this summer or at the very least by mid-September.

    How do I intend to Pay-It-Forward? By providing any knowledge I can to anyone that is interested in the same manner those listed above did for me. Kindness matters and sharing is caring.

    I never stop, my motor keeps moving and I’d like to take advantage of this opportunity to expand my VMware knowledge that can potentially lead to a career with the company. My work experience is limited but my desire to learn and grow is unlimited. Unfortunately, training costs money and unfortunately money is thin at this time and this offer will be greatly appreciated if I win and I assure you I intend to take full advantage of it. In life, we all start somewhere and the same applies to our careers. A little help never hurts and it can only build a relationship to last for many many years. VMware prides itself on customer service but its employees think highly of the organization and I hope to be in the same position one day and this offer can only expedite the process.

    With that being said, I’d like to thank you for this offer and if you have any questions feel free to contact me.

    Al Rasheed

  3. Although I have been a user of VMware products for years (at least since ESX 4.0), I have never had the opportunity to go to any edition of VMworld.
    I return, additional to the post, is to help reactivate my VMUG in Chile. I think the sessions where I can attend are ideal to replicate with people who have not had the opportunity to see them in person.

  4. Hello – please remove my submission from this contest. I no longer need it and would prefer to give up my opportunity to allow someone else to win. Thanks!

  5. Hi Greg,

    Firstly I have to thank you for paying it forward with this awesome competition and a great one at that. Currently, I am self-funded and I am part of the OpenTechCast ( podcast team. I would love to add more content to our podcasts and provide a learning experience for all.
    I would love to pay it forward by producing some podcasts whilst at the event for everyone to learn from. I also like to provide talks at our local VMUGs and Tech User Groups with what I have learnt at these events.

    Thanks in advance for considering my entry
    Gareth Edwards

  6. I have been following VMware since the Workstation 3 days in college and cannot believe where things are today both with virtualization and container technology. Despite being a huge VMware fanboy, I have never attended VMworld but actively participate in the local VMUG. As far as giving back – in my current role I oversee the operations team and will of course share the latest VMware updates with them. Additionally I volunteer to assist with a local Community College Cyber Security team ( we did not place first place this year but did beat out Air Force Academy!). I also began to volunteer with High Schools students with the Cyber Patriots program. Both of these require test/attack/defense VMs so using VMware technology including knowing the latest updates are key. Thank you!

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