MVP Reconnect - Microsoft’s program to bring together former MVPs - has been up and running since November, and so much has happened since then!
With more exclusive events, a new technical call series, and MVP Reconnect profiles - just to name a few things - everyone at the program has been busy working to build and engage this unique technical community. In fact, MVP Reconnect now boasts almost 1,500 members. So how exactly is the program moving forward?
For one, official MVP Reconnect profiles are now available to participants, making it simple to track community contributions if one decides to re-nominates themselves for the MVP Award in the future, and engage with other MVP Reconnect community members.
MVP Reconnect has also begun to offer regular technical webinars to IT pros and developers within the community - and so far, they’ve been a great success! PowerShell expert Thomas Lee kicked off the series with a PowerShell 101 class on February 22nd, and SQL Server expert Hugo Kornelis followed suit with his class on March 8th, titled Improve Your Database Performance in Seven Simple Steps.
The next class Introducing.Net Core 1.0 will be led by Principal Program Manager at Microsoft Scott Hanselman, and will take place this Wednesday March 22nd at 4 p.m. GMT/ 9 a.m. PDT.
“The Technical call initiative has been quite interesting,” said Lee, who also helps to organize the webinar series. “As an MVP, the MVP PGI events were an important benefit. I am hoping we can do something similar for the Reconnect program members. I believe in general that re-engaging former MVPs [will] be valuable for Microsoft, and for those of us in the Reconnect program, the rMVPs.”
But wait, there’s more! Here’s some other news from MVP Reconnect:
- MVP Reconnect has elected 11 regional representatives to help members stay up to date on the latest news in their regions. For more information, MVP Reconnect members may join the regional Yammer groups listed here: Africa, Asia Pacific (APAC), Brazil/Portugal, Canada, China, Eastern Europe, France, Germany/Austria/Switzerland, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, LATAM/Spain, Russia, Taiwan and Hong Kong, Turkey, United Kingdom/Ireland, United States.
- The program is extending an invitation to all Reconnect MVPs to attend a social gathering before the Community Connections events (formally Open Days) scheduled around the world from March to June. MVP Reconnect members should receive an invitation from the Community Program Managers in their region to join other local MVPs, Reconnect MVPs, and MVP program staff at the social events.
- MVP Reconnect has secured a new 3rd party offering called Gooroo. With the platform, MVP Reconnect members can develop their technical skills, build their individual brands, and push their careers forward through analytics and great opportunities. Learn more about Gooroo on the MVP Reconnect page.
- The program is still sending out some awesome welcome gifts! Most current members will receive theirs by the end of March.
It’s been a great few months at MVP Reconnect, and we’re looking forward to seeing what the next few months have in store. To join the technical call this Wednesday, please email MVP Reconnect for an invitation: firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you haven’t joined MVP Reconnect yet, we want to connect with you! Easily sign up using the registration form here.