One of the most outstanding features of the MVP community is its global reach. In fact, together MVPs help an average one million Microsoft customers around the world every day. Among them are MVPs who have far-reaching influence and significantly affect the adoption of technology—all by themselves. Two of these are Windows and Devices for IT MVP Stephen Ibaraki and Visual Studio and Development Technologies MVP Damir Tomicic.
Stephen, who among the many, many hats he wears is one of IT World Canada’s top bloggers, has been an invited speaker to the United Nations General Assembly. He spotlighted the value of Microsoft technologies to businesses, governments, education and society and highlighted the MVP community to this audience of influential leaders from around the world.
He also was invited to be part of CES, writing about the show and Microsoft technologies and serving as a judge in innovation. Recently Stephen presented to the IEEE Computer Society, sharing the value and reach of the MVP community.
In Brussels, Damir recently was invited to speak at the Center for Data Innovation’s event, Seizing Europe’s Data Innovation Opportunity. He shared his ideas about the future of big data, the Internet of Things and the cloud in Europe with participants who included the Belgian deputy prime minister, members of the European Parliament and the deputy unit head of the European Commission.
Last week he was part of the official delegation of the Estonian Prime Minster and traveled to the United States, where they met with representatives of different U.S. governmental organizations, as well as a number of influential U.S. companies and investors. While meeting at the Massachusetts State House, they discussed collaboration between European and U.S. IT companies and startups
The delegation also visited with members of the Department of Commerce in Washington D.C., where they discussed topics including TTIP SME chapter, the Patent Highway Initiative and the implications for IT companies both in the U.S. and Europe of the Data Privacy Shield, which was recently redesigned by the European Union.