Guest post by
Microsoft MVP Lead Heather Kostes
We just got back
from four action-packed days at Microsoft Tech-Ed North America 2011, where we
had the pleasure to catch-up with MVPs from as far away as Macedonia and China.
Of the more than 10,000 attendees to this year’s event, at least 200 were MVPs.
Of those, more than 30% directly participated as speakers or by lending
their expertise at hands-on labs and booths. Although the community has come to
expect nothing less, the level of leadership MVPs bring to events such as
Tech-Ed never fails to impress.
To support their commitment to sharing their knowledge of
Microsoft technology, MVPs were invited to six private side sessions at Tech-Ed.
Here, Microsoft executives and members of
product groups sat down with MVPs in small groups to discuss everything from SEO best practices to the future direction of some Microsoft
vice president, Jason Zander, who also
served as a Tech-Ed keynote speaker, led one of the most popular
sessions. MVPs raved:
“Excellent presentation. Really
helps me understand the bigger picture presently + roadmap.”
“Great content! Thanks for the
“Good session. Please do every year.”
In addition to the
private side sessions, throughout the day MVPs gathered with each other and
members of the broader community in the MVP Award lounge. It was great to see
so much networking and camaraderie in our little corner of the Tech-Ed Connect
Zone, which attracted a whole host of techies, including some recently awarded MVPS, a few MVPs who had missed
the MVP Global Summit, members of Microsoft product teams and Microsoft
We also were visited
by folks seeking more information on the program and were able to gather information
about a number of good candidates!
continued beyond the lounge. Take a look at Twitter @mvpaward and this great short
Windows Expert-IT Pro MVP Ed Horley summed up the experience: “Microsoft Tech-Ed 2011 in Atlanta was exciting for several reasons. I got to see several fellow MVPs present at TechEd whom I respect deeply and it was some of the best person to person networking I have had a chance to do. With the addition of MVP side sessions, getting to hang out with MVP Leads, seeing all the Microsoft community folks and taking in product announcements on top of all the parties and dinners the whole week was packed. It was completely worth the investment of attending. I look forward to continued relationships with all those I got to know at TechEd this year and hope others get the chance to have as dynamic an experience at future Tech-Eds as I did.”
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