An Awesome Experience in MVP Global Summit 2013

Aha, I’m back to Singapore after a long long flight from Seattle. The trips was actually to attend 2013 MVP Global Summit from Feb 18 – 21 in Redmond and Bellevue.

What’s MVP Global Summit?

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 technical 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.


Departure from Singapore

I departed from Singapore with fellow MVPs (Triston Wan, David Lim, Jeffrey Tay, Riwut Libinuko) and later joined by Alvin Lau who missed the departure flight.

It took about 6.5 hours from Singapore to Tokyo/Narita and another 9 hours from Tokyo/Narita to Seattle/Tacoma. It’s indeed a long and tiring flight. Interestingly, we departed at 08:30 AM from Singapore and arrived at 09:00 AM in Seattle because timezone difference.

MVP Showcases @ 17 Feb 2013

The registration started at 17 Feb 2013 in Hyatt Regency Bellevue where we would verify ourselves to get the conference pass. On the afternoon, there was MVP Showcases. It was awesome to see world-wide MVPS showcasing their projects and products.

My favorite one was done by Korean MVP (HugeFlow). It’s to capture our photo which automatically sync to Surface Board. We could furthermore edit the photo using different digital stamps. It will then be sent through email or printed out as hardcopy. Well, that’s pretty simple but it’s interesting!

Here’s a sample.


It’s all about technical sessions! 18 – 21 Feb 2013

We have very very pack sessions everyday from 8 AM till 6 PM. As most of the contents are Microsoft NDA, I’m not able to disclosed anything here Open-mouthed smile.

20130218_093449But I would say it was a very great exposure to interact with Microsoft Product Group (program managers, development leads, and top executives), understanding the product roadmap and strategy.

Here’s a shot with Scott Guthrie, Corp Vice President in Microsoft Server and Tools Business. Although at his senior position in the corporation, he is still very humble and such a nice person to chat with.

He always listens to communities and customers expectation. I believe that’s the reason why he is respected by many people in communities.

While sharing Microsoft strategy and roadmap, Microsoft also gathers various feedbacks from MVPs, the practical experts in the industry.

In addition, it was also a good chance to get to know and network with others MVPs coming from different parts of the world.




Parties and networking sessions

Aside of technical sessions in the morning till afternoon, we have numerous of parties and networking sessions in the evening. That varies depending on our MVPs competency and origin as well. And here are mine:

  • Sunday : We had Azure MVP Mixer Party at Tap Grill House. It was a great opportunity to meet and greet Azure MVPs, Azure Product Group, and Azure Partners / Sponsors.
  • Monday : Welcome Reception and Dinner at Hyatt Grand Ballroom. This was where by all attendees are gathered around, clustered by regions. Here we are from South-east Asia, leaded by Captain Lilian Quek.


  • Tuesday : Another dinner in Tuesday night featuring SEA + Greater China (PRC, Taiwan, and Hong Kong) MVPs. This time was at Kobe Restaurant. It was attended by about 60+ MVPs. Here’s again Lilian’s army.

  • Wednesday : Product Group Evening Evening. This one was seriously cool and very cold as it’s winter in US! Happened in Century Link Field, a soccer field. Various activities from dinner, dancing, fire-crackers, and many more.

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The last photo was with Captain Identity (who recently promoted to Admiral Identity), Vittorio Bertocci.

All in all, it was fun and enjoyable experience. Hope to attend another MVP Summit in the future.


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