I've just finished the MVP Summit in Redmond and I feel even more privileged and excited to be one of the 300+ SharePoint recognized experts in the world, and one of the 4 SharePoint server MVPs in Switzerland.
Being and MVP means I get the opportunity to be in the front-line of product reshaping, through direct contact with the product group. I also now have direct access to unprecedented high volumes of content and information only available to other few privileged individuals. Most exciting for me is now being able to get my customers and co-workers voices heard all the way up to product teams.
How do you become an MVP?
Being awarded an MVP does not come with any prize or financial benefits. It is recognition of your involvement, dedication to excellence and how much you share all that accumulated expertise with peers. The status is under scrutiny the whole year, and gets renewed yearly based on contributions made the year before. So the bar gets set continuously higher.
What is was like at the MVP summit
THE most important event in the life of an MVP, the summit takes place on Microsoft's campus in Redmond, Seattle... The core of every single product or technology you have been using or will use from Microsoft.
This is a conference where the guys next to you are world-renowned experts in the same field of expertise. The presenters are members of the product team. For us geeks, it sounds like being in El-Dorado...... and it actually is. This year more than 1,400 MVP attended.
Being there, made me feel (lack of other analogy) like professor Landon being in Vaticans archive in the Dan Browns book Angels and Daemons you swim in an ocean of knowledge, suddenly within your reach...
...just pick up a glass of wine, beer or whatever you fancy, and go ask any expert of your choice about the issues you are facing. I also connected with peers and people in the product group. It was our chance to ask those burning questions we had in the back of our heads, as well as get information on strategy and roadmaps for specific products. By the way, I've also learned cool news about _____ (cannot share sorry, is under NDA), but I promise that as soon as it becomes public, I shall share all the gory details I learned in Redmond.
To sum it all up, I had a great time. I met a lot of wonderful people (not just on social networks) and spent enriching days and fun evenings. I must say that such an experience changes a person by motivating you to deliver excellence, attain new levels of expertise and most importantly, share the knowledge - the most fulfilling facet of our activity!