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What is it? 

This program is designed to recognize:  

  • Members who have contributed significantly and provided leadership and commitment to their peers within their respective communities, including the Cisco Learning Network (CLN) and Cisco Community.   
  • Individuals who help make our communities the premier online destination for Cisco enthusiasts.


Who is eligible?  

All registered non-Cisco members except the current Cisco Designated VIPs and Hall of Fame members of the Cisco Community.   

How long does it last?   

This varies based on the award and community. Most awards last up to three months.  

What is the benefit?  

A Community Spotlight Awardee will:  

  • Be highlighted and recognized throughout the community.  
  • Receive a permanent "badge" (CiscoCommunityBadges_2023_SpotlightAward_14x14.png) which is placed on their profile to recognize the achievement. 
    • The badge indicates their Community Spotlight Awardee status and displays the details of their award (for example, Members Choice, Month, Year).  
    • The badge icon is placed next to their username on the communities during the award duration. Also, a Spotlight Award trophy will be sent to the awardee. 


      • Winners who have won the Spotlight award two or more times will be given a donation option. With the donation option, the cost of shipping the trophy will be added to the Community Helping Community campaign that the Cisco Community runs annually at the end of the year.  
      • Donor names will be recorded as special contributors to the campaign


What are the categories?  

  • Member's Choice
    • Intended to give our members the ability to acknowledge fellow community members’ efforts.  
    • To recognize your peer, fill out this nomination form.
    • Award Duration: 3 months 
  • Questions Answered Award
    • Intended to recognize members whose contributions have resulted in answering the greatest number of questions in each quarter.  
    • Award Duration: 3 months 
  • Best Publication Award
    • Intended to recognize Cisco Community members who have contributed a document, video, or blog that has been of significant value to fellow Cisco Community members.
    • The awardee is chosen by the Cisco Community Team based on member ratings.  
    • Award Duration: 3 months 
  • Rookie Award
    • Intended to recognize our new active members. The award is calculated as follows: 

      • We take the current award quarter and look at all new community registrants 90 days prior. 
      • Of those members, we then sum all their community contributions for 90 days leading up to the award quarter. 
      • The member who has added the most content (discussions, replies, documents, videos) earns the Rookie Award.
      • For example, new users who register in January are eligible for the February-April Rookie Award. The user who created the most content during the 90 days, among all the January registrants, wins!
    • Award Duration: 3 months
  • Developer of the Quarter
    • Intended to recognize the active Developer Community member that has contributed and shown the highest impact, helping to keep the community thriving.
    • Award Duration: 3 months
  • CIUG Member of the Quarter
    • Award Duration: 3 months

Is there a limit on the awardees at any given time?

  • Yes, each award has a maximum of three winners per quarter.
  • Additionally, each language community can have a maximum of three winners per quarter
  • And yes, you can win the same award more than once — once every year (once every four quarters).  

Note: However, there may be some periods of time we don't have any awardees if no one qualifies.  

What is Cisco’s expectation of the awardees?  

We only ask that you continue to be a positive influence in the community. This is our way of acknowledging your achievements, not asking for more. As with all community members, awardees must adhere to the Cisco Community acceptable use policyandCommunity Guidelines. 

Who is the point of contact?  

Contact us at for any questions, comments, or concerns.  


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