Intel® Black Belt Software Developers

Our Intel Black Belt Software Developers are the most distinguished members of our communities. They have been selected individually for exceptional technical expertise and leadership in the Intel® Developer Zone communities and our industry. Do you have what it takes to be an Intel Black Belt Software Developer?

Frequently Asked Questions

 General

How does the point system work?

Points are added to a member's profile for every action taken on the Intel Developer Zone. Points will accumulate for every type of submitted content (forum comments, blog posts, articles, comments, etc.) as shown below. The titles Intel Red Belt, Brown Belt and Green Belt Software Developers are calculated automatically based on the points structure below:

  • Content comments: 5 points
  • Forum topic: 10 points
  • Forum post: 20 points
  • Article / White Paper / Code Sample submission / Blog post: 80 points

Remember that all contributions must be in line with Intel® Developer Zone - Additional Terms of Use. Members must be logged in to the Intel Developer Zone to accumulate points. Points may be deleted at Intel’s discretion if it is determined that the poster is artificially accumulating points using SPAM.

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What are the benefits of these titles?

These titles represent the level of contribution. Designations are as follows:

A member receives the “Intel® Green Belt Software Developer” title when he or she accumulates at least 50 status points within a 12-month period of time. The title recognizes a member's initial contributions to the Intel Developer Zone communities by displaying the “Intel® Green Belt Software Developer” icon on the user profile.

A member receives the “Intel® Brown Belt Software Developer” title when he or she accumulates from 500 to 4,999 status points within a 12-month period of time. The title recognizes a member's regular contributions to the Intel Developer Zone communities by displaying the “Intel® Brown Belt Software Developer” icon on the user profile.
 
In addition, when a user achieves Brown Belt status, he or she is entitled to a reward of their choice from an available selection of rewards (awarded once at that level when a member qualifies). The available selection of rewards varies and is determined by the Intel Developer Zone.

A member receives the title “Intel® Red Belt Software Developer” when he or she accumulate at least 5,000 points within a 12-month period. The title recognizes the value a member brings to the Intel Developer Zone—by actively contributing more to the community—by displaying the “Intel® Red Belt Software Developer” icon on the user profile.
 
In addition, when a user achieves Red Belt status, he or she is entitled to a reward of their choice from an available selection of rewards (awarded once at this level when a member qualifies). The available selection of rewards varies and is determined by the Intel Developer Zone.

Black Belt status is the highest honor we bestow upon a developer. These outstanding members of our communities are known for their technical expertise, for sharing their knowledge and for collaborating with other developers to make our communities stronger.
 
This title recognizes and rewards these selected few for their leadership and extensive contributions to the Intel® Developer Zone communities and the software ecosystem overall. Learn more about the Intel® Black Belt Software Developer Program. The Black Belts’ time and effort help make the Intel® Developer Zone a valuable developer resource. Check out our current Black Belt holders here.

What is the lifetime of the titles?
The Red Belt, Brown Belt and Green Belt titles are valid for 12 months from the date of qualification.
When are the prizes/rewards shipped to the developer?

Notification e-mails are sent to all developers who achieve the Intel Red Belt Software Developer and Intel Brown Belt Software Developer titles.

When a user achieves Brown Belt or Red Belt status, he or she is entitled to choose a reward from an available selection of rewards (awarded once, when a member qualifies at a particular level). The available selection of rewards varies and is determined by Intel. The reward, as part of the titles, will be sent to you within six (6) weeks from the date of the notification email or confirmation of your physical address, whichever is later.

How do you know your status/title on the ranking system?
Your current title will be visible under 'My Profile' on your user profile page.

 Black Belt

Who can become a Black Belt?
This is a title for community members who demonstrate outstanding expertise on Intel technologies and enrich our communities by regularly sharing their knowledge and expertise, providing help and support in the discussion forums, submitting content such as articles, blogs or videos and participating in the communities. It is recognition of extraordinary community leadership and contribution by these members.
Which communities are considered while selecting members for this title?
All Intel Developer Zone communities are included in this program.
What are the benefits of being an Intel Black Belt Software Developer?

This is the highest level of recognition on the Intel Developer Zone communities and is associated with the following benefits:

  • An award honoring their status as an Intel Black Belt Software Developer on Intel Developer Zone communities
  • One laptop with a high-end Intel® microprocessor available at that time (awarded the first time a developer qualifies as an Intel Black Belt Software Developer, not awarded every time a developer qualifies)
  • Licenses to select Intel® Software Development Products
  • Personal profile featured on our “Honorees” recognition page
  • Personal profile covered in our newsletter along with an interview/video interview published in the communities
  • Pass to the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) and opportunity to meet Intel engineers at 'meet & greet' Intel events and seminars
  • Opportunity to host a blog on Intel Developer Zone
How does one become an Intel Black Belt Software Developer? What are the criteria?

Community members at Intel Developer Zone and in the software developer community at large are nominated by Intel community managers and others for the Black Belt title based on quality and quantity of contribution i.e. the technical expertise; community leadership and the support members bring to Intel Developer Zone communities and elsewhere. Specific criteria considered while selecting members can include but are not limited to:

  • Technical expertise
  • Regular discussion forum activity
  • Guidance and support provided to other community members
  • Submission of content via white papers, videos, articles or blogs
  • Software developer industry influence
  • Overall community participation

Typically, Intel Black Belt Software Developers are nominated from amongst members with Intel Brown Belt and Red Belt Software Developer status, however this is not mandatory. Members can also be nominated directly to a Black Belt level based on exceptional community leadership. Nominations can be submitted to the Intel Black Belt Software Developer Program manager by anyone, not just Intel employees. Do you know of a developer who meets these criteria? What about yourself? Send your nominations to: Wendy.l.boswell@intel.com or @wboswell.

What is the process of selection?
To ensure a rigorous and robust selection process for the Intel Black Belt Software Developer title, we have instituted a review committee consisting of Intel community managers, tools experts, and application engineers. This committee meets whenever there are nominations to consider. Intel Black Belt Software Developers are selected by this committee based on the criteria listed above.
Are Intel employees also selected for this title?
Although Intel employees who are members of Intel Developer Zone communities can be awarded the title, employees are not eligible for any of the benefits associated with the title.
What is the lifetime of the award?
The Intel Black Belt Software Developer award lasts for as long as the Intel Black Belt Software Developer Program manager and Black Belt nominator see fit. If activity falls below a reasonable amount, the Black Belt title can be lost.
How do I contact the team?
For any further clarifications or questions, drop a note here or you can leave a comment on Wendy Boswell's Twitter page @wboswell. We would love to hear from you on this recognition, the criteria, benefits and more. What do you think we can do better? What would you like to see as part of recognition?