MVP Open Day South Asia was held in Hyderabad from Jan 20, 2010 to Jan 23, 2010. This event was a fun-filled as well as an educational event. This event was held at Microsoft IDC at Hyderabad – the largest Microsoft Development location after Redmond. I had a great time meeting my friends and some of the renowned experts from all over the South Asia. The whole event started with networking with other MVPs as well with Product Group members.
The reason many MVPs attended this event is that they were very keen to know the Product Team Members. We use many different Microsoft Products and a chance to meet the maker of the product is considered to be very important for any technology enthusiast. However, as soon as the euphoria of meeting the person is over, the next round starts about the rave and rants for the product. I think this is the best part of the event, which both parties appreciate the most.
We were blessed with an excellent Key Note session every day. The first day we had Technical Opening Session by SriniKoppolu (MD & VP) for MSIDC. He has made MS IDC possible in India – most of the credit goes to him. It was amazing to listen to a person like him; also, I must say that he is the owner of a very polite as well as down to earth personality. We also managed to click a group photograph with him. This session was followed by technical sessions by many different product group managers.
The second day, we had the Key Note by Rajiv Kumar, GM, MBD, MSIDC, and on the third day, the Key Note was delivered by Chandrasekar Gopalan, Director (Dev Support), GTSC. So many events occur at MS IDC; there is so much to learn from the top leadership of the Microsoft. The best part was the round table meeting with SQL Server Product Team at IDC. We were able to meet people who are behind SQL Server product. We were able to ask them our queries as well as learn few internal tricks from them. I really enjoyed the session on SQL Azure and SQL Server R2. Again, we all MVPs were not willing to leave the round table session wanting for more. Finally, Abhishek Kant managed to bring an end to the session when he saw that SQL Server Team was busy for almost 45 min after the completion of the session. Media session was one of the most interesting sessions where we all learned about how we can be part of media community.
This event had perfect ending for all the SQL Enthusiasts as SQL PASS President Rushabh Mehta himself attended the meeting on last day and addressed MVPs who are excited for SQL Server. He provided his vision for SQL PASS with South Asia as well globally. Rushabh answered so many questions for the community in the last one hour of his session, which mainly comprised of lots of questions and answers. The questions ranged from SQL events organization to SQL Awareness in the community. It was great to listen from PASS President himself about his global vision on SQL Server.
The credit for this successful event goes to SQL Server MVP Lead Abhishek Kant. This event was a very smoothly executed event, and there was not even a single boring incident. I must say that I have immensely enjoyed this event. There were lots of fun stuff at the event as well, and I will cover them in next series of this post.
Professionally, I am taking away a treasure of knowledge. Community is very important and it has no boundaries. Allen from Kathmandu, Nepal, is someone whom I respect for his continuous community efforts. I was very fortunate to learn new methods to help the community and learn tricks, where I can help more people with limited resources. I was able to talk with Jacob Sebastian for more than 6 hours during our journey and was also could enjoy the company of the greatest tech blogger of all the time, Mr. AmitAgrawal and we also discussed about his successful technical blog. Amit Agrawal is one of the most down-to-earth persons I have ever met in my life. Before I met him, I had already heard that he is very polite and helpful; so I was really eager to meet him. After the meeting, I realized that he is like an old friend to almost everyone he meets. Well, we will talk about him more in another blog post. If I could pick one person who is more excited about Windows Technology than MS itself, then it is Vijay Raj; it was great to meet him again. I was also very pleased to meet Hima Bindu Vejella from Hyderabad. Suprotim Agrawal and Minal Agrawal are great usual. Also, I enjoyed meeting many MVPs at this meeting.
In the next series, I will talk more about fun part of this event.
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