As you probably know, Microsoft Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) play an active role in both the TechNet Wiki and the Wiki Ninjas blog. I chronicled this a few months ago in an article I posted here entitled MVP authors & contributors.
A benefit of being an MVP is that you receive an invitation to MVP Global Summit. According to Microsoft, “The MVP Global Summit is a multi-day event that is hosted in Bellevue and at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington. With a large catalog of technical sessions (offered only in English) and a variety of networking opportunities, the MVP Global Summit enables MVPs to connect with other MVPs, build relationships with Microsoft product managers, and provide feedback on Microsoft products and technologies.”
This year, MVP Global Summit was from November 7-10, 2016. During the event, there was plenty of time outside the technical sessions to meet and network with other MVPs. There was also excellent representation from a variety of TechNet Wiki MVPs from around the world including:
- Alex Mang
- Chen V
- Ken Cenerelli
- Mark Parris
- Pete Laker (XAML Guy / Pedro)
- Richard Mueller
- Ryen Tang
- Saad Mahmood
- Sandro Pereira
- Santhosh Sivarajan
- Steef-Jan Wiggers
- Syed Shanu
(If you were there and I missed you, please let us know in the comments.)
We had an opportunity for an informal meeting on the Sunday evening before sessions began. We were all jet lagged but met up at a local bar to have a few drinks and to get acquainted.
(Left to Right: Syed, Ken, Chen, Ryen, Santhosh, and Richard)
During the weekdays we saw each other in the halls and on the Monday evening we also ran into one another at a large welcome reception for the MVPs. As well, Pedro had the awesome idea of identifying ourselves with ninja stickers. They generated lots of inquiries by the other attendees and it was a great opportunity to talk about the TN Wiki.
We also congregated on campus on the Wednesday afternoon so we could meet with Ed Price. Ed came over from his building on campus and we chatted for a while about the Wiki and how our MVP Summit experiences were going. It was a fun time and I find Ed’s passion for the Wiki always gives me the enthusiasm to contribute.
(Left to Right: Pete, Ed, Chervine, and Chen)
(Left to Right: Chervine, Chen, Pete, Ken, Ed, Santhosh, and Ryen)
I am already looking forward to next year’s MVP Global Summit. We discussed plans to create TN Wiki Ninja t-shirts to promote the site and to have another informal meet up during MVP Global Summit 2017. If you are a TechNet Wiki MVP, consider meeting up with us!