Here’s a bit of fun for all you vBeers organisers and attendees. Over the past couple of years vBeers has gone from strength to strength, with vBeers gatherings being organised regularly the world over. The purpose of vBeers is to bring together like-minded individuals working with virtualization and IT technologies to meet, discuss and make new contacts and friends in a relaxed “outside of work” environment, and free from vendor sales pressure. What better place than a bar, pub, bbq or restaurant, whilst sipping your drink of choice (beer, wine, soft-drink, etc) and whilst eating with a few snacks. It’s all about the vCommunity!
In the interests of doing something fun and continuing with the theme of giving something back to the vCommunity I have designed and had created some unique vBeers.org beer coasters. Whilst at the recent London VMUG vBeers a handful of fellow virtualization and storage bloggers expressed their interest in being involved. So what better way than by having them join in with spreading the vBeers Coaster love, and kindly contributing towards the cost of having the vBeers Coasters created. As you can see from the picture below, there is the vBeers logo on the front and on the rear of the coaster the logos of the bloggers who contributed towards the cost of having them created and sending these coasters out to the vBeers masses.
I’m not sure how popular these vBeers coasters will be, though I personally think they’re pretty nifty and if nothing else are a bit of fun. They are also a good way of identifying other attending vGeeks in a crowd at a vBeers event – great to those first timers.
I have kicked things off by having 500 coasters created – which makes them a highly collectable vGeek item. Though if they prove popular I will have more created and open up the opportunity to other bloggers to have their blog’s logo emblazoned on the back of the vBeers coaster. I am considering doing some seasonable vBeers coasters as well so you can mix up your coasters to match the time of the year/season. Collect them, trade them with you friends… or you could even put your beer/wine/soft drink (delete where applicable) glass on them – imagine that!
I was still feeling creative during the weekend, so after designing the vBeers Coasters I put together a vBeers sticker designed for the lid of your laptop or similar. I’m pretty pleased with how they came out. As with the vBeers coasters I have printed a limited number.
And finally, I thought I’d go the full distance and get some TechHead.co stickers made too. Both the TechHead.co and vBeers stickers are now being proudly sported on the lid of my MacBook Pro.
How Do I Get My Hands On Them?
I’m going to be bringing a number of vBeers Coasters, vBeers and TechHead stickers to VMworld San Francisco 2012 with me next week. So if you’d like some then please drop me a line via email (details in the About Me section), send me a Tweet or track me down. I’ll be taking them along to Saturday night’s pre-VMworld vBeers Tweetup so if you’re also attending come and say ‘Hi’. If you’re a regular vBeers organiser then also please reach out to me and I’ll send you some so that you can then distribute them at your organised vBeers events.
Anyway, I hope you like them and find them as much fun as I had designing them.
Thanks, to Jane, Simon, Alaric and the London VMUG team, as after seeing their London VMUG coasters finally spurred me into action to designing one for vBeers after a number of months of just thinking about it.