You should have read my post yesterday about DesignIT which is a competition to recognise the innovative nature of the skills IT professionals have and putting them to great use for a charity
ChampionIT takes on a similar format but is around recognising the day-to-day efforts - and often heroics - performed by IT professionals. All too often I hear from you that if your systems are all working without a hitch then you are ignored, and that you are only remembered when something goes wrong...wouldn't it be great if there was a "Praise desk" rather than a "Help desk" but that may not be on the budget for this year!
Well, we can't create a "Praise desk" in each of your companies, but we have created ChampionIT, so if you are a winner you can showcase your award on your desk (or use it to block the door to your server room shut)
How does it work:
This competition is all about nominations and votes, and a winner is selected on the strength of their nomination both by panel and public opinion. The competition is cyclical over six weeks, so once a winner is announced, nominations can begin again. The structure is as follows:
- Nominations are open. You have two weeks to submit your entry.
- Nominations close. The judging panel review all nominations and choose three finalists.
- The three finalists' names appear on the website. There are two weeks of public voting.
- The winner is announced at the end of the voting period. The winner is interviewed and receives their prize. Their name appears in the Hall of Fame on the website.
- Nominations are open, and the next round begins!
The nomination form takes literally 5 minutes and you have until 10th January 2008 to get your submissions in, and be the first entry into the ChampionIT hall of fame!
Oh and there are a few other prizes too:
For the winner:
- An annual subscription to Technet Plus Direct
- A copy of Windows Vista Ultimate
- A copy of Microsoft Office Ultimate
- The ChampionIT award
- A winners t-shirt
- Inclusion in the TechNet Newsletter
For the two runners up:
- A copy of Windows Vista
- A Microsoft LifeCam NX 6000
- A ChampionIT laptop bag