Last week had been a roller coaster ride for me. Within span of seven days, i had one of the best experiences of my life more than once. And one of them was Microsoft MVP Summit 2013 – Part II . MVP Summits are the best part of the Microsoft MVP Program. Being in US, i was lucky, i could make easy travel plans to attend the MVP Global Summit twice this year within short gap of 10 months.
The summit was a great event and place to meet fellow MVPs, engage product groups and with regards to the contents presented or discussed (which for obvious reasons I can’t disclose as they are under NDA). It started with the MVP showcase at the Hyatt. It was great to see the exciting stuff MVPs around the globe are doing. MVPs presented their apps, ideas and projects they are working on. Apart from the great food at Hyatt (please read that sarcastically), there were some info desks from various Microsoft teams which were quiet informative.
The summit was well organized like last year,with frequent transportation from the hotel to the summit locations on Microsoft campus for sessions during the day time. Evenings were filled by regional or global events for meeting people while enjoying food and drinks. This included a party by Infragistics, Github Meetup party, South Asia MVP Dinner, MVP Welcome party, PGI Dinner followed by the final party at Seattle aquarium with lots of good food, sea animals, a ferris wheel, tattos, casinos and music.
The benefit of attending the MVP summit is the chance to interact with the Product Group (PG) members in Microsoft as well as network with other MVPs. This opportunity to talk, share pain points and things that are working well is invaluable. I was so happy to discuss with the Outlook team that my feedback which i provided in last summit was taken in consideration and two of the three pain points i shared were already taken care of. Having sessions presented by the PG team members and the ability to give feedback is cool. I had some awesome conversations with Internet Explorer team their vision and EC6. Discussing EC6 with the guys who are implementing and working on it from Microsoft front, is really a great experience.
Learnt about tools like fiddler and one of the best part was the creator of tool who was a Microsoftie and present MVP took time to explain me the tool in depth. Followed by this session, i attended Bing for Developers session. Though i can not say much about it, but Bing would be the best thing a developer would require in near future. Totally loved the **** feature. (Can’t talk about it due to NDA i signed up with Microsoft, but this is one exciting feature).
During the 4 days is spent there, i learnt a lot, and enjoyed/partied a lot. I am really glad and thankful to the team behind the scenes. A big thank you to the MVP Award program, the MVP Global Summit organization, my MVP lead Biplab Paul and last but not least the product groups for providing such great content and finding time to engage with MVPs.
Taken up by Lumia 1020.