Over the last few months, nearly a thousand MVPs, Regional Directors (RDs), Microsoft Student Partners (MSPs) and OSS influencers have come together for Open Days across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) to meet with members of Microsoft teams. They shared best practices, learned about what’s coming up with Microsoft technologies and deepened ties with their peers across hundreds of countries.
Some highlights included the appearance of Simon Singh, bestselling author of Fermat's Last Theorem, The Code Book and The Big Bang, as a guest speaker at the United Kingdom/Ireland event, where he discussed the development of Alan Turing’s Colossus computer and how his work broke the Enigma code. Attendees also received a copy of Simon’s The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets.
The United Kingdom Community Conference also launched influencers into a new era of artificial intelligence technology, OSS engagement, and community activity where 90 MVPs, 20 MSPs and 10 OSS influencers joined at the home of computing at Bletchley Park on April 28th and 29th for a high impact conference that offered the attendees a clear view of the future of Microsoft based on the announcements at //Build and the journey of the MVP and RD programs.
In collaboration with Microsoft’s DX France team, prior to that region’s Open Days two French MVPs organized an online challenge called Waou Party where participants submitted beautiful apps, including those with the highest numbers of Waou effects (animation / innovation / design). During the event’s Geek Evening, the top three applications were demonstrated and prizes were delivered to the winners.
The Central and Eastern Europe and Russia (CEE & Russia) Open Days were held in Prague, Czech Republic this year, where 24 public sessions were delivered by MVPs, members of Microsoft teams, and OSS influencers through three tracks on the first day. You can find great content from the CEE Open Days on Microsoft’s Channel 9.
This year’s Open Days series closed with the Middle East and Africa (MEA) event, which was held on the 30th and 31st of May in Cairo, right after the Imagine Cup Pan Arab finals. For the first time in MEA, a diverse group of 62 community influencers, that included RDs, MVP, MSPs and other community leaders from nine countries, were invited to join interactive sessions emphasizing Microsoft’s roadmap and resulted in great community feedback.