Back in August at VMworld I announced that VMware is taking a new approach to driving innovation by launching our very first Open Innovation Contest. We asked our community to send us their best Fling ideas, and the contest winner will have their Fling built by VMware engineers. The winner also gets a free pass to VMworld 2013. The contest ran through October 31, 2012 and we got an amazing response with over 120 great ideas! About half the ideas were feature requests, rather than Flings, and the good news is that many of these were already in the pipeline for future VMware software releases. The judges evaluated all the true Fling-type ideas and we were happy to announce the winner of the contest this past Friday, November 30. Read more about the contest and the resulting winner here.
I want to extend a huge thank you to our community for your participation in this contest. Given the high level of interest and success, we are already planning our next Open Innovation event. Be on the lookout for more information after the start of the New Year!