Microsoft MVP Summit Checklist

Microsoft MVP Global Summit

In March 2018, I will be heading to my third Microsoft MVP Global Summit. Just like in past years, MVPs from around the world converge on Bellevue, Redmond, and Seattle, Washington for several days of technical sessions and camaraderie on the Microsoft campus.

While the majority of MVPs attending are returnees, a good portion is new to the experience. While I am no expert at attending Summit, I have learned a few things along the way and have also picked up some travel tips. So, I thought I would share this information with all who could benefit from it.

However, instead of having a static list live just on this blog, I have posted the general checklist to GitHub as a Markdown file in its own repository. This way MVPs can print it, fork it, or contribute their ideas back via pull requests.

You can find the list at this repo: MVP Summit Checklist + Tips

I encourage everyone to check it out and submit their ideas. There are people who have been travelling to MVP Summit longer than me and I know there are some great suggestions out there. So, let’s hear them!

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Windows Developer Day: March 7, 2018

Windows Developer Day

On Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 9:00 AM PST Microsoft will host another Windows Developer Day live stream featuring a keynote speech from Kevin Gallo, Vice President of the Windows Developer Platform.

Gallo and the Windows engineering team will discuss upcoming features and improvements with the next Windows 10 update.

Although the agenda has not been set, the event will focus on two key areas:

  • Building for the modern workplace
  • Making your applications part of the intelligent edge

RSVP for the Windows Developer Day live stream Windows Developer Day today! By registering, you will also be notified when the next Windows SDK is available.

2017 Year in Review: MSDN Blogs & Speaking

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With the new year upon us, it’s always worthwhile to reflect on the previous year. Here are some statistics about my contributions to MSDN blogs and my speaking engagements.

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Windows Developer Day: October 10, 2017

Windows 10 Developer Day

On Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 9:30 AM PDT Microsoft will host a Windows Developer Day livestream featuring a keynote speech from Kevin Gallo, CVP of Windows Developer Platform.

Gallo and the Windows engineering team will discuss advances and new features for software development in the Fall Creators Update. Also featured is an informative Q&A panel along with several deep-dive streaming sessions.

Although the agenda has not been set, when registering you can choose to receive updates for your area of interest:

RSVP for Windows Developer Day—Fall Creators Update today!

Microsoft Tech Summit Toronto: December 13 – 14, 2017

Microsoft Tech Summit Toronto

Back for another year is the 2017–2018 Microsoft Tech Summit global tour and their only Canadian stop is in Toronto.

Tech Summit is a FREE event that allows you to learn the latest innovations in Microsoft products. Build your skills with the most recent cloud technologies at this technical training event for IT professionals and developers. Each stop on the tour is two days of in-depth sessions, networking opportunities, industry insights, and hands-on labs with the experts behind Microsoft’s cloud services.

Discover the latest trends, tools, and product roadmaps at over 70 sessions across multiple tracks, covering a range of topics from Microsoft Azure and Microsoft 365, which includes Windows 10, Office 365, and Enterprise Mobility + Security.

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Mission Mars: Toronto – June 16, 2017

Mission Mars

Microsoft is hosting a series of Mars-based technical training events around the world in June and they are stopping in Toronto. It’s also travelling to Montreal and Vancouver.

Mission Mars is a fun, space-themed day-long seminar that utilizes the latest Microsoft tools and services to solve challenging puzzles. Using Azure IoT Hub, Azure Functions and Cognitive Services, your job is to work on the red planet to  “recover the crew and get humanity’s progress back on track”.

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Upcoming talks at two Canadian conferences

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I learned this week I am speaking at two Canadian conferences during spring/summer 2017. My abstracts were accepted at both Prairie Dev Con in Winnipeg, MB and DevTeach in Montreal, QC.

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