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Cisco Champion Program FAQ (Updated October 2018)

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What is the Cisco Champion Program? 

The Cisco Champion Program was created to nurture a network of people who are passionate about Cisco and enjoy sharing their knowledge, expertise, and thoughts across the social web and with Cisco.

The Cisco Champion program encompasses different areas of interest and geographical areas, providing a variety of opportunities for Champions to participate in the program.

 

Who is eligible to be a Cisco Champion?

This program is open to individual Cisco enthusiasts who are 18 years of age or older. An ideal Cisco Champion:
Expresses a balanced view of Cisco

  • Loves learning and sharing what they’ve learned
  • Has Cisco-related expertise
  • Has overall expertise in IT industry
  • Is active on social media
  • Chooses to actively participated in conversations relevant to Cisco and the IT industry

Cisco reserves the final right to select Cisco Champion status for an individual at its sole discretion.

 

Who is NOT eligible to be a Cisco Champion?

This program is not open to the following individuals:

  • Cisco employees
  • Government employees


How are Cisco Champion members selected?

Candidates apply every year for membership. The member applications are reviewed based on eligibility criteria listed above and for member’s potential fit with the community (i.e. no jerks. Unless you’re a hilarious jerk.).

 

How long does the Cisco Champion Program membership last?

Once selected, membership lasts for one year. Membership selection starts in October. Candidates should apply and they can also nominate peers for consideration in the program. Cisco reserves the right to make final selections of Cisco Champions.

 

What are the benefits of being a Cisco Champion?

Benefits of the Cisco Champion program include, but are not limited to:
Exclusive event opportunities

  • Special access to certain technology groups and executives
  • Access to Champion-specific training
  • Invitations to provide feedback to Cisco on various topics
  • Access to a private online community and WebEx Teams space for Cisco Champions
  • Sneak peeks at upcoming solutions
  • Participation in Cisco Champions Radio (a podcast for Cisco Champions to ask tough questions of Cisco experts)
  • A digital Cisco Champion badge that can be used in email signatures, websites, and social networks during the membership years. See guidelines here.

 

How do Cisco Champions share their membership status?

Cisco Champions are welcome to share their membership status in the following ways:

  • Feature their electronic Cisco Champion badges in any email signature, personal website, and social website profile
  • Include the hashtag #CiscoChampion in any tweet
  • Talk about Cisco Champions and their membership in the program offline
  • Use official Cisco Champion logo wear when available

 

What are the requirements for maintaining Cisco Champion membership?

Cisco Champion members are encouraged to stay engaged in the program through activities such as, but not limited to:

  • Contribute Cisco or industry expertise through blog posts, tweets, LinkedIn posts, or other online social channels
  • Interacting with and supporting fellow Cisco users in their own social networks and on Cisco social networks
  • Engage and attend exclusive Cisco Champion events, pre-briefings, coffee hour, Friday Feedback, Blogging Club, pre-briefings  sessions, and more
  • As the program evolves, engagement opportunities will evolve as well

Cisco reserves the right to remove Cisco Champion status for an individual. Reasons may be but are not limited to:

  • Not staying active in the program
  • Identifying oneself a Cisco representative
  • Attacking or negatively inflaming online conversations or otherwise making disparaging comments
  • Accepting a job with a Cisco competitor
  • Any other reason is Cisco's sole discretion

 

What interest areas does the Cisco Champion Program cover?

The Cisco Champion Program encompasses five main interest areas:

  • Collaboration
  • Data Center
  • Enterprise Networks
  • Internet of Things
  • Security 


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