Q: What is a LabVIEW Champion? A: LabVIEW Champions are credible technology experts from around the world who inspire others to learn and grow through active technical community participation and face-to-face interactions.
Q: Why does this recognition exist? A: National Instruments believes that a healthy, active user community is critical to helping customers maximize their solutions and benefits from LabVIEW. The LabVIEW Champion title is a way by which National Instruments recognizes those participants who have made a highly positive impact in the technical and product communities around them. National Instruments wants community participants and leaders to know that their contributions are greatly appreciated. The LabVIEW Champion title exists as a way to validate and thank outstanding members for their participation and willingness to help others in these communities, both online and offline, as well as provide them with the technical resources to help others in the future.
Q: How does National Instruments select and maintain the LabVIEW Champions? A: Hopeful candidates can apply online through the LabVIEW Champions website. Each year in December, all nominations and applications are reviewed by the directors of the LabVIEW Champions Program and a panel of National Instruments executives to determine who will join and/or remain in the LabVIEW Champions Program for the coming year. Applicants are notified in January about their status for candidacy.
Q: Do LabVIEW Champions represent National Instruments? A: No. LabVIEW Champions are not employees of National Instruments nor do they speak on National Instruments' behalf. LabVIEW Champions are third party individuals who have received recognition from National Instruments for their outstanding contributions to LabVIEW's success.
Q: Are LabVIEW Champions certified LabVIEW experts sanctioned by National Instruments?
A: While some of the LabVIEW Champions are Certified LabVIEW Developers (CLD) and Certified LabVIEW Architects (CLA), it is not a requirement of being a LabVIEW Champion and being part of the program does not automatically sanction their LabVIEW expertise to a National Instruments certified level.
Q: Do LabVIEW Champions receive any payment from National Instruments? A: No, LabVIEW Champions do not receive any monetary payment from the LabVIEW Champions Program.
Q: What does National Instruments expect of its Champions? A: LabVIEW Champions are expected to lead the LabVIEW Community in the following ways:
- the questions they answer in technical newsgroups or message boards
- the books and articles they author
- the Web sites they manage
- the blogs they maintain
- the user groups they participate in
- the chats they host or contribute to
- the events and training sessions where they present
- sharing their enthusiasm of LabVIEW with others
Q: Can someone lose their LabVIEW Champion status? A: The LabVIEW Champion status is a high recognition, consistently undergoing review. If any particular Champion ceases to contribute to the global community or no longer wishes to participate in the program, then their status as a current LabVIEW Champion will be revoked. They can still be called LabVIEW Champion Emeritus but will not be kept updated on current happenings within the program.
Q: How do I contact the LabVIEW Champions? A: You can find a list of all current LabVIEW Champions on the LabVIEW Champions group main page. We do not list or will we give out contact information for privacy and security reasons.
Grant H. National Instruments LabVIEW Product Marketing Manager