Guest post by Paulette Suddarth, Microsoft senior events
Next Monday in Atlanta, GA, marks the launch of the 19th
Tech·Ed North America conference, where thousands of developers and IT
professionals will gather to get the latest on more than 90 current and
soon-to-be-released Microsoft products. And MVPs will be there in force.
As respected technology experts and community leaders, the
conference looks to MVPs as authorities on how Microsoft technologies are put to
work each day. MVPs are offered permanent early-bird discounts to attend, and
they often are sought-after speakers at this prestigious event.
This year, around a quarter of the speakers at Tech·Ed will
come from outside of Microsoft—of those, an impressive 50% are MVPs. You can
find the full line-up here.
That’s not the only way MVPs contribute. You’ll find them
all around the four-day conference, lending their expertise at hands-on labs
If this is your first Tech·Ed, I recommend taking a few
minutes to listen to ASP.NET MVP Richard Campbell’s .Net Rocks! Interview, Tech·Ed 101. Richard shares his secrets for getting the most from
the conference, as well as describing his work as a judge at this year’s Speaker Idol and the 64 Bit Question game show.
For MVPs, Tech·Ed also offers a chance to gain
deeper community engagement through private side sessions. These have been
organized by MVP Lead Heather Kostes who, along with Garth O’Brien, will be
hosting the MVP Community Lounge in the Technical Learning Center. Look for
them next week, and watch their quick interview now about heading off to Tech·Ed.