Kicking off our series of features of MVPs at Tech Ed North America, I had the pleasure of interviewing Daniel Nerenberg, App-V MVP from Montreal, Canada. Among the many things he’ll be doing at Tech Ed, he’ll be one of the resident experts at the Springboard booth in the TLC. As one of the principle owners of The Lazy Admin, I thought that would be a good place to learn more about him!
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Q: I noticed you’re going to be at Tech Ed. What do you hope to accomplish from being part of Tech Ed?
TechEd is a pretty amazing conference. There is so much to do and see, it’s can be difficult to decide what to do. What I hope to accomplish is to come away from TechEd having learnt a lot of new information, and meet a lot of new people. I think that we all have more to learn, and making new contacts is a great way to learn and expand our horizons. I think that any TechEd attendee should make a point of meeting at least 5 new people at the conference, if possible a few of those people should be from another country. It’s great to see how technology is being used by others, and this is really your chance to get to know people with the exact same interests as you!
Q: Do you plan to compete in Speaker Idol?
I competed at last year’s speaker idol, and definitely hope to compete in this year’s event. It is a goal of mine to speak at TechEd, and besides Speaker Idol is a lot of fun. I feel it’s a great way to hone your skills. I learned a lot from last year’s competition. I hope to really take home the prize, but no matter the outcome I think that it’s a terrific way to learn how to be a better presenter.
Q: I understand you’ll be a Technical Learning Guide (TLG) at the Springboard Series booth. Tell me about that.
I am a Microsoft App-V MVP; I’m also a passionate MCT and a speaker who loves to share knowledge with the IT community. I have been participating in the Springboard Technical Expert Panel (STEP) program where I have been helping as a Windows 7 beta forum Moderator. As a TLG, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to meet and talk about Windows 7 and the SpringBoard program with my fellow IT pros. Come by and see me!
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