MVP Summit 2010 – Day 3

Day 3 was almost the same like Day 2, the deep dive learning and feedback sessions were scheduled at Microsoft Campus, Redmond. But in day 3, I attended few sessions other than of my core expertise and so I attended a morning session at 9 AM with ASP.NET Team on Microsoft Ajax library and its future in “Common Building”. Scott hanselman was also present in the session 🙂 The session was good and Stephen Walther shared some of the demos for Ajax library and we talk about jQuery integration as well. The session ended and then I moved to some C# sessions in Building 92 that includes some secret sessions as well 🙂

Free drinks On Day 3, we did some shopping from Microsoft store as well and I bought some stuff for User Group events. Plus I can’t forget the free drinks at Microsoft campus.

As the day 3 ends, the closing session begins with Program Managers from different teams to conclude what we, MVPs and Microsoft folks, shared with each other w.r.t. C# as a language, IDE, CLR and Community.

In the evening, an attendee party was organized, enjoyed playing bowling with other MVPs

One thing I would appreciate and like to mention about it is that as MVPs are very passionate about providing feedback for improvements at the same time Microsoft folks are really very keen and interested in listening to MVPs. They not only just listen to MVPs, they also execute the feedback provided and I believe that makes a strong bond between MVPs and Microsoft.

MVP Summit 2010 – Day 2

Day 2 was something important and tightly scheduled with several sessions, we were suppose to catch Shuttle from hotel by max 8:30 AM to reach Microsoft Campus, Redmond. So we woke up early in the morning, had breakfast and left the hotel by 8:15 AM. Being Visual C# MVP, I was suppose to attend the Deep Dive sessions by C# team which held in Building 92 at Microsoft Campus in Redmond.

Munir Adil

The day started with the welcome session for C# and VB MVPs and then C# MVPs were distributed in 3 groups to attend several interactive sessions rest of the day with C# language team, IDE team, CLR team, C# community team etc

List of New MVPs Mads (C# Language PM)Eric Lippert and Adil

At the end of day, we had “Product group evening event” providing an opportunity to MVPs to have some time meeting with Product team of their respective expertise.

Overall second day was quite busy and loaded with technical discussions. I really enjoyed the first two days and I hope other MVPs must have been enjoyed as well.

MVP Summit 2010 – Day 1

In last post I mentioned about attending MVP Summit 2010, So here I’m in Seattle/Bellevue/Redmond and the first two days of the Summit are over. It was pretty exciting and fun, MVP Bagwe met different MVPs representing more than 70+ countries, MVP leads and some Program Managers at Microsoft.

The event started on 16th Feb with registration and all MVPs were given a “Recycled” MVP plastic bag with goodies 🙂

After registration, we roam around in Hotel looking for different facilities provided by Microsoft. We also meet our MVP Lead Ruari Plint. I and Munir also took a picture with him. 

(L to R) Adil, Ruari, MunirIMG_0952

Before opening Keynote there were some optional side sessions scheduled and I attended one of the session related to Community work such as User group, Community Launch etc. and we discussed some of the issues we faced and Microsoft people were really keen in getting feedback about support we would like to see from Microsoft/UGSS etc. I enjoyed this session pretty much as it was aligned with my interest and related to User group.

And then there was Opening Keynote by Nestor Portillo, Director of Community and Online Support, he talked about the MVP program and thank all MVPs for their contribution in the community and providing feedback to Microsoft. When Nestor showed the map of countries from where MVPs travelled to attend the summit, he said that I was wondering who come from furthest then Munir suddenly shouted from audience “Pakistan” and he laughed and said whether its Pakistan or New Zealand or some other country we want to thank all MVPs for taking out time for the event.  This keynote was followed by Toby Richards, General Manager -Community and Online Support. Everyone liked the MVP t-shirt he was wearing and some people tweet about it as well 🙂

Nestor PortilloToby Richards 

Then there was a panel discussion with MVP Program team followed by food 🙂 The Summit day 1 ends here but not ours 🙂 there were some side events/parties organized by other companies in the evening as well for MVPs. We also attending one of the party and played snooker as well.

Attending MVP Summit 2010

“The MVP Global Summit is a multi-day event that is hosted in Bellevue and at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington. With a large catalog of deep dive sessions and a variety of networking opportunities, the MVP Global Summit enables MVPs to connect with other MVPs, build relationships with Microsoft product managers, and provide feedback on Microsoft products and technologies.”

MVP Summit site

I’m glad and excited to share that I will be attending Microsoft Global MVP Summit 2010. The event will held at Hyatt Regency in Bellevue and at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington, from February 16 through 19.

The overall flight duration is around 24 hours from Karachi, Pakistan to Seattle, WA (through connecting flights) but hopefully it will be safe, fun and I will get some time to watch PDC 09 sessions 🙂 You can follow the event on twitter with #mvp10

Interview at MicrosoftFeed

MicrosoftFeed recently published my interview, as part of interviewing MVPs from the MEA region. I have copied some of the Q&As below, you can read the full interview here.

Meet Adil Mughal – Visual C# MVP from Pakistan

Adil Mughal

Tell us who you are?
I’m Adil Mughal. I’m Microsoft MVP for Visual C#. I’m leading two most influential User Groups in Pakistan “DevNext” and “Emerging .NET Devs”. I’m Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist and participate actively in community through organizing and speaking at different events. Besides contributing in Community, I work at Development Executive at Telenor Pakistan as my full time job.

Tell us about your MVP history, when were you first awarded?
Recently in Mid 2009

What do you do in order to keep up with latest tools and technologies?
Watch webcasts, recorded sessions of several technology conferences and other events, and reading blogs of people at Microsoft and other MVPs etc.

What does being an MVP mean to you?
Being MVP is like a status in the community. People expect a lot from you when you are a MVP, they can ask any question related to Microsoft and expect a healthy response from you 🙂 either it’s related to technology or certifications or troubleshooting or even some information about Microsoft. So I really need to get myself geared up as much as possible.

What do you do when you are not building software’s?
When I’m not at work, I usually spend time in learning new technologies or planning some UG events or spending time with friends/colleagues.

Read the rest of the interview at MicrosoftFeed

Microsoft Community Boot camp‏

Last Friday, 30th October ‘09, I participated in BootCamp organized for Microsoft Community in Pakistan. The event was really well organized and we really had fun time. We attended sessions, played games and had dinner as well 🙂 It was organized at arena, Karachi, Pakistan.

The Bootcamp provides an opportunity to network with other Most Valuable Professionals, Professional Partners, Student Partners, Community Speakers & Microsoft Pakistan team members and helps in developing a much better understanding of latest Technology & Microsoft Platform.

The Agenda for the event is as follows:

  • 3:30 – 4:00 Registration & Hi Tea
  • 4:00 – 4:45 Windows 7
      • by Naveed Bajwa, Developer & Platform Group Manager, Microsoft Pakistan
  • 4:45 – 5:30 A Dive into UX, Expression Studio
      • by Jibran Jamshad, Technology Consultant, Microsoft Innovation Center Pakistan
  • 5:30 – 6:15 Microsoft Virtualization 360
      • by Zafar Ul-Islam, Enterprise Technology Strategist, Microsoft Pakistan
  • 6:15 – 6:45 Cloud Computing with Windows Azure
      • by Ziaullah Khan, Microsoft Most Valuable Professional
  • 6:45 – 7:15 Q & A, Discussion
  • 7:15 – 8:30 Games
  • 8:30 – onwards Dinner

It was really informative and fun to attend such event. I would like to thank Microsoft Pakistan, Microsoft Innovation Center and especially the DPE Team.

Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award 2009

On 1st July, I received a fantastic news from Microsoft. It gives me pleasure to share with you all that I have been awarded Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), in Visual C# area, for my contribution to the community.

I would like to thank all the people who supported me specially my family and friends. Here I would also like to thank two people specially. First, Wajahat Abbas for giving me the boost and encouraging me to participate as speaker on Microsoft and other platforms. Second, I would like to thank Rizwan Ahmed a.k.a RizwanSharp (MVP) from the core of my heart for his support, appreciation, believe and trust in me 🙂 Thank you Rizwan, you anticipated this day quite earlier :$

Finally, Thanks to Microsoft and Ruari plint (MVP Lead) for the award and support. I will definitely improve and will contribute more to the C# community in the upcoming days 🙂

To visit my profile on MVP site, please click here.

For those who don’t know much about MVPs, Here is for you:

“Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) are exceptional technical community leaders from around the world who are awarded for voluntarily sharing their high quality, real world expertise in offline and online technical communities. Microsoft MVPs are a highly select group of experts that represents the technical community’s best and brightest, and they share a deep commitment to community and a willingness to help others.” – MVP website