Only 12 days ago I was named Microsoft MVP of Artificial Intelligence and since that time thousands of things happened, that made me think i needed to write this post. I will face the beginning of the questions, with practical answers so that you can understand it, but then I will comment on my point of view on each item.
How do I become an MVP?
On the Microsoft MVP website you can find the “requirements” to be MVP. ->https://mvp.microsoft.com/en-US/Overview
In order to apply for the MVP Award, a Microsoft Full Time Employee (FTE) or currently active Microsoft MVP must submit a recommendation for award consideration on your behalf.
Once I get nominated, what happens?
If you have been nominated, you will receive an email to upload all the material you contributed to the community, Videos, Blogs, Articles, participation in Forums, Mentorship, Events, etc. When you submit everything you’ve worked for a year, that application is evaluated by the Microsoft Corp team. Finally, the team decides whether to reward you or not.
What are the benefits of being MVP?
Key benefits to MVPs include early access to Microsoft products, direct communication channels with the product teams and an invitation to the Global MVP Summit, an exclusive annual event hosted in our global HQ in Redmond. They also have a very close relationship with the local Microsoft teams in their area, who are there to support and empower MVPs to address needs and opportunities in the local ecosystem. Other benefits include an executive recognition letter, an MSDN technical subscription, and an Office 365 subscription.
Well, those three answers are the ones you can find everywhere, and although they describe processes, requirements, etc., there are other answers that I thought necessary to mention simply because I have been surprised for the last 12 days. And whoever is doubting if becoming an MVP is worth it, finally make a decision.
How do I become an MVP? (My opinion)
I think the answer to this question should be the same answer as “Why do I want to be MVP?” I started sharing knowledge over a year ago because I wanted to learn.
The best way I learn is: to write and try to make small projects of something that I want to prove it works. I did many small projects, but the clear example was … “How do I locate a hologram and interact with it?” The question came to me one night, and I started looking for answers.
So I started doing research, and learning, the good and bad things, I asked everywhere and everyone on the community… I had an exchange of messages not only with other MVPs from the rest of the world who were like me trying to understand how to solve problems but also with members of the Hololens 2 product group, wait… did they answer twitters? Hell yes! I still remember when Jesse McCulloch himself answered … this is something I always loved about the community … that we are all EQUAL and everyone helps you learn.
That is how I gradually turned little things into articles, it was important for me to share. I did not write about all the things that I have talked with other MVPs or that I have done because it was a lot….
Suddenly my twitter account went from having 650 followers to more than 900 … and I am proud to say that many professionals who I ADMIRE a lot, follow me, because they consider my point of view, important.
After doing all this … I was nominated … and when the nomination arrived I was already part of a community, with a title or not … I already had a “name” and already received comments from people around the world.
Once I get nominated, what happens? (My opinion)
The only thing that happens is that you need to show with evidence everything you did for the community, visible or not … to be evaluated.
What are the benefits of being MVP? (my opinion)
This is a good question … because most people seek tangible benefits. In 12 days Microsoft gave me everything they promised, at this moment my physical prize is on its way from Redmond to my city. But also, in 12 days, I managed to start working with MVPs from my country, started organizing events with them, made connections with MVPs of my the entire continent … and from all over the world. And the best of all is this … is that, next March I will see in person all these people with whom I connected online, and nothing more and nothing less than in Redmond. It already feels that great things will happen in that training week …
The other side of the coin.
People usually asked me this kind of questions.
• Why do you publish what you research in a blog?
• What is the benefit of sharing what took you time to study, learn for another to follow in 10 steps?
• Why don’t you charge for that?
• Why do you publish things if there are thousands of websites that show the same information?
• Why do you write content that looks so easy instead of something high level?
• Who will read that topic? If it is still far from being exploited
Well, not many of you know that I started sharing my knowledge when i was 19 years old … i presented investigations all over the world, writing, meeting GREAT people that today I can call great virtual friends who also are great figures in very recognized companies. (The next picture was taken in 2008, I was only 22 years old and I already travelled with the community to Paris, France to present an investigation)
At my young age I was part of the Microsoft Student Partners group, a community for Microsoft students, the company gave us the opportunity to access material, and so I lived thousands of stories such as travel, competitions etc.
- I do not write articles for money.
- I do not write articles for recognition.
- I do not write articles for awards.
- I don’t write easy things because I don’t understand difficult things.
- I do not write for the ones who already knows everything, but for the ones who wants to learn.
I write articles … because there are people who seek to learn and because I like the idea that, many hours of research are reduced to an article so simple that others can easily understand, because that is the objective. To do something that is understandable for everyone. Because everyone (including me), we are just LEARNING.
Photo: Microsoft Code Camp 2010 – Buenos Aires, Argentina