I am in Redmond (WA, USA) for the Microsoft 2005 MVP Global Summit. The Microsoft MVP Award (Most Valuable Professional) is given to professionals who participate in the community, and follows an annual cycle. Each MVP receives the award in a category corresponding to a Microsoft technology. In my case the category is Windows Mobile, which comprises the Windows Mobile Pocket PC and Smartphone devices.
This is my second time as a Microsoft MVP Mobile Devices, and my first MVP Global Summit - the previous summit was just a week before my first award, and Microsoft took 18 months planning the 2005 event.
I can understand that: there are more than 1,500 people here! These people represent a network from more than 70 countries meeting more than 1,000 Microsoft employees across product, field and services teams.
According to a press release sent out by Microsoft, this year's summit will include awardees from new categories such as Microsoft Dynamics and MSN as well as new countries including Romania, Jamaica, Pakistan and Thailand.
In the first day we had executive discussions on the company's road map and next wave of innovation. Keynote speakers include Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer; Jim Allchin, co-president of the Microsoft Platform Products & Services Division; Kevin Johnson, co-president of the Microsoft Platform Products & Services Division; and Lori Moore, corporate vice president of Customer Service and Support.
The first night I had dinner with MVPs from my region (in my case Asia-Pacific), and on the second night the dinner was with our technology group.
We are having lots of discussions, but most of the information is disclosed under NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement), so I am afraid this will not be posted - but things are moving fast in the mobile devices area, just wait and see.
It was great to meet other MVPs and learn more about their passion on technology and mobility. Very interesting folks, I tell you.