SQLAuthority News – MVP Summit 2009 – Day 1 – Summit Welcome and Keynotes

My regular blog readers must be aware of my tour SQLAuthority News – Author Visit – MVP Global Summit 2009 – Seattle and Redmond. Today was day 1 of MVP Summit and we had started it with big gala event.

In morning few of Indian MVP visited Seattle Space Needle and had too much fun there. The Space Needle is a tower in Seattle, Washington, but similar to the one in tokyo, Japan, and is a major landmark of the Pacific Northwest region of the United States and a symbol of Seattle. Located at the Seattle Center, it was built for the 1962 World’s Fair, during which time nearly 20,000 people a day used the elevators, with over 2.3 million visitors in all for the World Fair. The Space Needle is 605 feet (184 m) high and 138 feet (42 m) wide at its widest point and weighs 9,550 tons.

Space Needle
Space Needle

Our main gala event started with Summit Welcome.
Toby Richards, General Manager of Microsoft’s Community Support Services group will welcome MVPs to the event.

This session was followed up by another excellent Keynote Session.
Rich Kaplan, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft’s Customer & Partner Advocacy group gave excellent Keynote.

Summit Keynote
Summit Keynote
MVP cheered and enjoyed above two sessions and it followed up with EXCELLENT NETWORKING session of Welcome Reception. This was dream session for me as I was able to meet the people whom I have read, respected and learned from. There were many whom I have considered as my teacher in my journey of learning SQL Server. I felt like little kid with candy today as I was able to meet SQL Gods at one place. I will write in detail about what exactly I discussed with them in meeting later on as today we will go over some photographs only.
Brad Mcgee, Pinal Dave

Brad Mcgee, Pinal Dave

Vijay, Simon, Steve Jones, Pinal Dave

Vijay, Simon, Steve Jones, Pinal Dave

Arnie Rowland, Pinal Dave

Arnie Rowland, Pinal Dave

Andy Warren, Greg Linwood, Pinal Dave

Andy Warren, Greg Linwood, Pinal Dave

Itzik Ben-Gan, Pinal Dave, Michele Cole

Itzik Ben-Gan, Pinal Dave, Michele Cole

Satya, Glenn Berry, Ross Mistry, Pinal Dave

Satya, Glenn Berry, Ross Mistry, Pinal Dave

Indian MVPs, Glenn Berry

Indian MVPs, Glenn Berry

Louis Davidson, Pinal Dave

Louis Davidson, Pinal Dave

Paul Nielsen, Pinal Dave

Paul Nielsen, Pinal Dave

Robert Cain, Pinal Dave

Robert Cain, Pinal Dave

Pinal Dave, Geoff Hiten, Sean McCown, Mr. Danny

Pinal Dave, Geoff Hiten, Sean McCown, Mr. Danny

Joe Webb, Pinal Dave

Joe Webb, Pinal Dave

India MVP, howard Lo

India MVP, howard Lo

Howard Lo, Pinal Dave, Abhishek Kant

Howard Lo, Pinal Dave, Abhishek Kant

If you have taken my photo and you want me to share that on this blog, please send that to me and I will post them appropriately.

Following is my travel itinerary so far:

Feb 27, 2009 – Departing Ahmedabad to Mumbai
Feb 28, 2009 – Departing Mumbai to Seattle Sheraton Hotel
March 1, 2009 – Day 1 at MVP Summit
March 2, 2009 – Day 2 at MVP Summit
March 3, 2009 – Day 3 at MVP Summit
March 4, 2009 – Day 4 at MVP Summit
March 5, 2009 – Departing Seattle to Toronto
March 6, 2009 – Tech User Group Meeting, Markham, Canada
March 7, 2009 – Departing Toronto to Mumbai
March 8, 2009 – Missing Day due to Day Line Crossing
March 9, 2009 – Arriving to Ahmedabad

Reference : Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)

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SQLAuthority News – MVP Summit 2009 – Journey Begins

I will be blogging actively about my tour SQLAuthority News – Author Visit – MVP Global Summit 2009 – Seattle and Redmond.

Today I will be leaving for Mumbai. I will be at Mumbai International Airport between 10 PM to 2 AM. If you are traveling and in Mumbai during this four hours, let us meet and talk about Microsoft and SQL Server. I already have received couple of email from SQL Enthusiastics who will be coming to Airport to meet me, so look for 3-4 people sitting gather looking at Dell XPS and having fun.

While I am traveling to MVP Summit, I will be also visiting Toronto for Tech Team meeting. Tech geeks in Toronto can contact me for further location.

Following is my travel itinerary so far:

Feb 27, 2009 – Departing Ahmedabad to Mumbai
Feb 28, 2009 – Departing Mumbai to Seattle Sheraton Hotel
March 1, 2009 – Day 1 at MVP Summit
March 2, 2009 – Day 2 at MVP Summit
March 3, 2009 – Day 3 at MVP Summit
March 4, 2009 – Day 4 at MVP Summit
March 5, 2009 – Departing Seattle to Toronto
March 6, 2009 – Tech User Group Meeting, Markham, Canada
March 7, 2009 – Departing Toronto to Mumbai
March 8, 2009 – Missing Day due to Day Line Crossing
March 9, 2009 – Arriving to Ahmedabad

Reference : Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)