The application for vExpert 2017 opened today and go through December 16th. The vExpert program is a VMware advocacy group that recognizes people who give back to the VMware community and promote VMware technology. You can become a vExpert by leading a VMUG, speaking, blogging, and/or tweeting your support of VMware technology.
I can say one of the best things that has happened in my career was being selected as vExpert 2016. The community surrounding this program is amazing. You have access to some amazing people inside VMware and others who are passionate about the software. The knowledge is great but the friendships you can make are even better. I've only been in the program for 3 months but I've already made friendships that I hope last for years to come.
If you are a fan of VMware, tweet, or blog about it don't hesitate to apply here