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Announcing the @VMware #Flings Contest for 2014 - Call for Submissions

In case you missed the official announcement because of all the hoopla coming out of VMworld this year, allow me to trumpet the news about the return of the VMware Fling Contest.

Yes, it's that time of year once again... the 2014 VMware Fling Contest returns for its third year.  Last year, there were more than 200 ideas submitted, and the winning idea was a vCenter Server to vCenter Virtual Appliance Converter.  A prime example of a cool and useful Fling. 

Don't know what we're talking about?  No problem.  VMware is inviting all community members to submit ideas for creating something new called VMware Flings (free software tools developed by VMware engineers that provide functionality that enhances or complements existing VMware products, or explores new ideas).  VMware plans to build the winning Fling idea and release it back to the community on the Flings website ( as a freely available tool.

Here's what VMware announced:

For the contest, VMware invites you to submit ideas for new Flings that you’d love to see built. In case you’re wondering, yes, you’re allowed to submit as many ideas as you like! Idea submissions will be accepted starting on Monday August 25, 2014. The last day for submitting ideas will be Friday November 14, 2014. In addition to allowing you to submit your own ideas, the contest site also lets you comment on and like other ideas.

Our VMware judging panel will review all the submissions and will declare the winner on December 14, 2014.

So as you can see, there's plenty of time to get your thinking caps on in order to come up with a new, fresh idea. 

Not sure where to begin?  Do you have an idea on how certain features or functionality could be improved upon within a VMware virtualization environment?  Is there an application or tool that you've been waiting for that will make your everyday life at work that much easier?  Is there a common, repetitive task that you wish could be automated to make your virtualization management more streamlined?  Or do you need assistance with decision making in your environment?  If so, write it down and submit it.  Remember, if you're having a problem or need some added assistance with something in your environment, chances are pretty good that someone else is looking for that same type of help.

Want to learn more?  Head over to the official Fling Contest pages where you can read the FAQ or submit your ideas or view submissions.

And keep in mind, the grand prize winner will receive a free pass to VMworld 2015 in the U.S. or Europe -- winners choice!  How cool is that?

Published Monday, September 08, 2014 7:43 AM by David Marshall
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