First-Timer at the MVP Global Summit 2018

Last month I received my first Microsoft MVP Award in the Data Platform Category. It was the perfect timing, since I got the opportunity to attend the MVP Global Summit held at the Microsoft Headquarters in Bellevue and Redmond, Washington. Being a first timer, I cant express how excited I was!


There were more than 2000 MVPs and RDs who travelled from 80 countries for a week to connect with the Microsoft Product Teams, collaborate, exchange ideas and network. I interacted with lot of new folks in the tech community, met with the Microsoft Product Teams, provided feedback, gained insights and most importantly got inspired by learning about the awesome things my fellow MVPs do for the tech community. It was also a great feeling to meet in person with lot of folks I have been following in Twitter for quite some time now.

There were around 500 technical sessions and workshops across the various MVP categories. I had a tough time trying to pick up the sessions of my choice and building up my schedule. By the end of the week, it was definitely an information overflow and I tried my best to grasp as much as I can. I have made a list of items which I would like to go over and gain some hands-on knowledge in upcoming days.


Almost all the content shared by the Product Teams was under NDA, so I won’t be sharing any of those stuff. However in this blog, I will share few of the good times I had with my fellow MVPs. There was a lot of buzz in Twitter throughout the week about the MVP Summit and you can catch it all with the hashtags #MVPSummit and #MVPBuzz.

The MVP Award Program Team shared an interesting picture depicting the number of MVPs coming to the Summit from different geographical locations.

The Attendee Celebration Party was awesome and it was a nice way to wrap up the MVP Summit 2018.

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The SnapBar was one of the most visited booth by the MVPs and I had some nice memories captured with fellow MVPs.

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Big shout out to my ever so energetic Microsoft Community Program Manager – Joe Darko – for all the timely information he shared with us and smoothly facilitating things during the entire Summit. Evidently his shoes were a big hit during the Summit, apart from his dancing skills during the Silent Disco 🙂

Thanks to the entire Summit Team and Microsoft for organizing this excellent event. I am humbled and privileged to have got this opportunity and look forward to seeing you again next year.


Categories: Conference

3 replies

  1. Samir, Congratulations. You have earned the MVP. Keep up the good work.

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  2. good write up!!!

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