Microsoft MVP or Most Valuable Professional is a title that is given out by Microsoft identifying a persons contribution to the community. MVP title is purely based on your efforts in the community – be it community speaking or articles that you might have written. There is no exam or what so ever that you can pass and get the title. Its your sheet hard work in the community that gets recognized.
I am happy to announce that I have been bestowed with the title of Microsoft MVP for ASP.NET/IIS technology area for the year Oct 2011. I will have this title till Oct 2012 after which I will have to apply for my renewal.
Oct 1 2011 will be a day that will be cherished in my life for a long time. Oct 1 evening when I opened my Hotmail, I find an email from Microsoft informing me about my MVP title. Here is a glimpse of the official email that I received:
Dear Lohith Nagaraj,
Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2011 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in ASP.NET/IIS technical communities during the past year.
The Microsoft MVP Award provides us the unique opportunity to celebrate and honor your significant contributions and say "Thank you for your technical leadership."
Community & Online Support
Here is the official post on South Asia MVP Blog about the newly crowned MVP’s – http://blogs.technet.com/b/southasiamvp/archive/2011/10/03/introducing-the-mvp-awardees-october-2011.aspx
Many people to thank at this moment. It wont be fair on my part if I don’t mention them all. Since this is my first ever MVP title I am excited and don’t want to miss anybody.
First and foremost would like to extend my thanks to Mr. Abhishek Kant, South Asia MVP Lead from Microsoft for have been very cooperative and for all his guidance and support during the whole process of filing the nomination and follow up. Thank you sir. Looking forward to many more interactions with you now.
Dr. Pavanaja, who made me give my first ever presentation in Mysore for MysoreGeeks. Thank you
BDotNet – the platform that this community gave me is tremendous. UG leads Kashinath and Vic Parmar has been a great support when it comes to this UG. Thanks guys. Not to forget the core team at BDotNet – Vinod Kumar, Pinal Dave, Vijay Raj, Chaitra Nagaraj, Pooran, Amar – bunch of good people who are always there to help you with anything.
Vinod Kumar and Pinal Dave – two big influencers on me when it comes to presentation. Vinod for all his cool and calm and ever smiling attitude in all his talks. Pinal for all the excitement and emotion he tries to bring in all his talks. Trying to build my own brand by observing these two. Thank you for all the candid and honest feedback that you provide. It helps to introspect and make it better next time.
Not to forget my fellow MVP’s with whom I had a wonderful time during Teched and now on twitter - Anoop, Kunal, Abhijit Jana, Abhishek Sur, Dhananjay, Kamlesh , Manan, Abhishek Baxi – all other MVP’s I have been interacting with (pardon me if I have missed anybody’s name here). When you start talking to MVP’s you realize what a enthusiastic bunch of geeks they are and you want to be a part of this elite group without a hesitation.
Take this opportunity to thank one and all who have helped me to achieve this feet now. Apologies if I have missed any name here.
When I started speaking and writing in 2010, I had the least of the idea that it would lead me to this title. I had a dream but never had felt that it can become a reality. And now that the dream is a reality – I do believe in – Dreams do come true. So dream on guys and work hard. No substitute for hard work.
Once again a big thank you to all.
As usual, till next time, Happy Coding. Code with passion, Decode with passion.