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Become a Champion!

By Aine Lenihan posted Thu November 09, 2023 03:52 PM

  

Yes the IBM Champions program nominations are now open

Nominations are now open for the 2024 class of IBM Champions! Nominate someone you think might make a great addition to the program, or nominate yourself.

Join the almost 850 non-IBMer technical experts worldwide are dedicated to promoting IBM technologies through speaking at conferences, publishing content, leading user groups, training and mentoring, participating in industry analyst research, and so much more.

Process for IBM Champion nominations

All nominations are a two-step process:

  1. Complete the IBM Champions Program Nomination form. (Or, if you want, use this form to submit someone else to become an IBM Champion.)
  2. If the candidate qualifies through the first stage, they will be sent a second form, which will require additional information about advocacy activities in the past 12 months.

The selection committees are looking for examples of advocacy, mentoring, content creation, and support of the technical and partner communities beyond the scope of a person’s job. In addition, they need to see evidence of expertise in IBM offerings, products, services, or communities.

Preparing for nomination

If you are nominating someone else, please ensure you have their permission, as you’ll be sharing some of their personal information. They will be notified of the nomination and encouraged to complete a self-nomination form as well, as they know the most about their own activities.

If you’re nominating yourself, you will be sharing activities, a bio, links to your contributions, and references who can speak to your activity. You may want to ensure you have an updated profile at the IBM TechXchange Community and at LinkedIn, as well as at any other site where you want us to review your contributions during the selection process, such as GitHub, StackOverflow, etc. Selection committees that may include IBMers and Lifetime IBM Champions will review all activities and nominations and select the top advocates to become 2024 IBM Champions. 

To learn more about the iBM Champions program, how to nominate, and meet some IBM Champions, watch this Replay

What happens if you or your nominee doesn’t qualify for IBM Champion?

If you or your nominee are not quite ready to become an IBM Champion, you still have a pathway that rewards and encourages advocates (year-round) through a new initiative called IBM Rising Champions Advocacy badge program. The program offers an open opportunity for participants to build and report their IBM advocacy activities in support of their journey to become an IBM Champion for the next round of nominations.

It’s easy to join the IBM Rising Champions Advocacy badge program and start reporting acts of advocacy. After first becoming a member of the IBM TechXchange Community, applicants can submit and update their acts of advocacy ongoing – which may lead to their qualification for future IBM Champion nomination opportunities. 

Get to know the IBM Champions

One of the best ways to get inspired around the IBM Champions program is to follow who the current IBM Champions are and what they're contributing. At the IBM Champions public community, you can review current Champions' profiles and read content they've created. You can also follow the #IBMChampion hashtag not only at the community, but also on LinkedIn or X (formerly Twitter).


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