MVPs Bring the Power of Community to the Cloud with the Global Azure Bootcamp


Sometimes it seems like an idea takes on a life of its own. When the idea is to bring people from around the world together on a single day to work and learn in the cloud, the results can be amazing.

It all started several MVP Global Summits ago. “People started talking about it, getting interested in it, and then when everyone got together again for MVP Global Summit 2013, you could see the idea was going somewhere,” recalled Microsoft Azure MVP Michael Wood. Microsoft Azure MVPs Maarten Balliauw and Magnus Mårtensson suggested it would be cool if the community could organize a number of boot camps on the same day. The number they were thinking of was 10. The number that happened on April 27, 2013, was 94.

Now in its fourth year, the Global Azure Bootcamp recently brought together 183 user group events. Attendees—ranging from first-time users to full-time experts—met up on social media to run an enormous shared lab of tens of thousands of virtual machines, enhancing their Microsoft Azure knowledge and participating in a massive compute pool to perform breast cancer research.

The Global Azure Bootcamp continues to be an event entirely run by the community for community. As Scott Hanselman, Microsoft principal program manager of Azure and Web Tools explained prior to this year’s event on the Global Azure Bootcamp Science Lab page: “The power of the cloud is not just in scalable elastic servers that work together as one, but also the power of people working towards a singular goal. The Global Azure Bootcamp is thousands of folks working and learning together to be better developers, makers, and creators. This year they are also throwing their considerable weight behind the cause of breast cancer and I applaud them for it!”
The 2015 Global Azure Bootcamp also featured a friendly racing competition between countries. You can see the results here, as well as a video by the game’s creator, Windows Azure MVP Alan Smith.  And you can find a map of the worldwide events, as well as a list of locations and their organizers, here.

The 2015 Global Azure Bootcamp also featured a friendly racing competition between countries. You can see the results here, as well as a video by the game’s creator, Windows Azure MVP Alan Smith.  And you can find a map of the worldwide events, as well as a list of locations and their organizers, here.


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