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MVPs at Microsoft India TechEd 2011

MVPs at Microsoft India TechEd 2011

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Guest post by Abhishek Kant.

“As I’m part of the MVP community, one great opportunity in Tech Ed is to meet the experts via the Roundtable conferences. I was part of some high energy conversations with Jason Zander , Yousef Khalidi, Rajiv Kumar (MS IDC Hyderabad) etc. Some of the information you get via these conversations are under NDA ;). Also, during the conversations with Jason and Yusuf, I realized how seriously Microsoft takes the input from the community.  -Anoop Madhusudhnan, MVP, Client App Development

Microsoft TechEd India 2011 was held from March 23 – 25, 2011 at Bangalore last month and was attended by 3276 attendees and about 160K online viewers.

All South Asia MVPs were invited to attend the TechEd and were offered free entry to the event (a significant cost saving). A total of 32 MVPs chose to attend the biggest technology conference in the region and 10 MVPs were speakers at the TechEd India 2011.

A number of MVP activities were conducted at TechEd India that included feedback sessions with executives, community networking party and “Meet the MVP” sessions.


Executive Roundtables

MVPs and community leaders were given exclusive privilege to attend intimate roundtables with Microsoft executives from the Redmond and IDC, Hyderabad. These 6 roundtables were an opportunity for the executives to talk about upcoming products and vision of specific technologies with the MVPs, and to take home feedback and community best practices.




The roundtables held included:

  • Yousef Khalidi, Distinguished Engineer, Microsoft
  • Brian Hall, General Manager, IE & Windows Live
  • Bharat Shyam, General Manager, RD - Developer Experience, Microsoft
  • Ramkumar Pichai, General Manager, Customer & Partner Experience, Microsoft
  • Jason Zander, Corporate Vice President, Visual Studio, Microsoft
  • Rajiv Kumar, General Manager, IDC-Hyderabad, Microsoft

Sitting in a roundtable with Yousef Khalidi ... Amazing Discussions... This makes #techedin worth it ... - Muqeet Khan, MVP, IIS


“Meet the MVPs” Session

On the first day at TechEd, MVPs and community leaders got together with Microsoft evangelists to talk about technical communities, best practices, issues they face, and the expected support from Microsoft. The session was attended by 45 people, including DPE evangelists, MVP Program team, and INETA folks.


  • Evangelists: Ramprassana Chellamathu, Pinal Dave, Harish Vaidyanthan
  • INETA: Sanjay Shetty

Community Networking Party

On the second day at TechEd India, MVPs and community leaders were invited to a community party jointly hosted by DPE, INETA, GITCA, and PASS.

Apart from a lot of networking, we saw sharing of best practices amongst various community leads.



This was my first in-person TechEd event and it was really marvelous. Your effort to coordinate with various MVP and Product Team Leads is highly appreciated.  - Kamlesh Rao

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  • Abhishek Kant,

    Sir it was indeed a pleasure meeting you at #TechEdIn. Great lounge talks we had and i take this opportunity to thank you for all the round tables that i could attend.

    Excellent logistics overall.

    Thanks once again



  • It was a really awesome experience - Tech Ed 2011.

  • It was fun and best thing is networking.

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