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OCTO Innovation Programs

OCTO Innovation Programs

Inspired by the drive, passion and intellectual curiosity, VMware provides diverse innovation programs to explore the possibilities: BORATHON: our own version of hackathons. FLINGS: short-term project intended for exploration by other VMware employees and customers. RADIO: unique, internal, three-day technical conference that brings together more than 2,000 of our worldwide

Inspired by the drive, passion and intellectual curiosity, VMware provides diverse innovation programs to explore the possibilities:

  • BORATHON: our own version of hackathons.
  • FLINGS: short-term project intended for exploration by other VMware employees and customers.
  • RADIO: unique, internal, three-day technical conference that brings together more than 2,000 of our worldwide engineers.
  • TECHTALKS: weekly technical talks delivered by and for VMware’s internal R&D community.
  • XLABS: VMware's internal incubator
Hack Everywhere – VMware’s second Global Borathon!

  This month, we saw incredible hacker participation across the globe in our second annual global Borathon 2020. Previously, most Borathons were held locally in our major R&D sites. In the spirit of trying new things, we created this virtual event last year to include all our remote and global employees together in one company […]

A Celebration of Innovation and Human Potential

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” – Alan Kay These words were echoed by Pat Gelsinger, VMware’s CEO, during the closing keynote at RADIO 2019 in May. That is what RADIO is all about: a glimpse into the future, a celebration of innovation, and most importantly, a testament to our […]

Hackers Innovate Everywhere at VMware’s Global Borathons!

Last fall, we saw over 400 hackers participate in a Borathon across our major global sites. From Bulgaria, India, China, Palo Alto, and a global Open Source Borathon, where all the teams hacked remotely across the world. In case you’re wondering, “Borathon” is VMware’s quirky name for our internal hackathon and originated from our cultural […]

New Flings Newsletter!

By customer request, we have created a quarterly Flings newsletter! If you don’t have time to go to the Flings site to see what’s new or updated, the Flings newsletter will provide that information for you. If you’d like to subscribe to the newsletter, you can check the Newsletter box in your Profile on the […]

VMware Innovation Zone: A glimpse into the future

​To celebrate our 20 years, the Office of the CTO (OCTO) is showcasing 20 extraordinary years of transforming unthinkable ideas into reality at VMworld 2018 US. We are celebrating our past and present with our patents (#2 most powerful patent portfolio in Computer Software by IEEE), artifacts (VMware 1.0 box, DISCO award, and more), a […]

Four VMware Flings Make It into Products!

VMware Flings took off with a bang this year when four Flings made it into products by March. These Flings were popular as soon as they were released, and with enthusiastic customer feedback, it didn’t take long for VMware to integrate the functionality into our products. Fling functionality in vSphere 6.7 The functionality of ESXi […]

Our first themed Borathon on Sustainability

Last week Earth Day was honored with an amazingly successful Borathon event at our Palo Alto campus that focused on sustainability as the theme for the event. We enhanced our well-loved hacks so we may continue to grow our community, partner closely with our Fellow and Principal Engineers and present our hackers with new challenges. […]