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Few days back (28th March 209) we MVP’s from kerala were in the news. A local newspaper (Mathrubhumi Calicut edition) published a news item about us. Here is the screenshot, the news item is in Malayalam but I’ve encircled the area with my photograph and news item.
Breakfast this time was good, better than last two days!
Keynote sessions by Ray Ozzie and Steve Ballmer about to begin. Nice interactive session with all MVPs. With a few MVPs asking questions about future plans of Microsoft. Pretty cool guy, I’ve heard people talking nicely about him.
A snap of Ray!
So here comes Steve Ballmer! The same slam bang stuff slapping the hand of Toby Richards (WWF style) jumping around a bit. Very energetic, it’s a privilege to see him live. 🙂
This is how he looked when he came in 😉
He started off by mentioning about how Microsoft happened and how Microsoft got into this desktop application business that we see today! It was Bill’s idea according him.
Some funny questions and some serious questions were asked too. He was indeed listening and writing down important suggestions and questions that were asked!
A Canadian MVP gave his shirt to Steve, which he readily accepted, here is the picture! See the paper in his hand.
Another guy gave his simpsons tie to him (see it hanging loosely around his neck), more than just willing to wear it. 🙂 And another gave a USB memory stick with somekind of a presentation related to something ( I didn’t properly hear).
Another SQL MVP Amit Bansal asked a funny question about whether he is able to sleep properly. He answered as I expected, if you do your job properly and honestly then you should be sleeping too. Only time he is not able to sleep is when he comes over to India. Ha!
All went well! Four days of serious fun! Enjoyed every bit of this. As always enjoyed my lunch with fellow Indian MVPs.
So now it’s time for Shopping in seattle, bought some stuff for my mother (will she be pleased? 😉 ).
We are at Microsoft campus to for our third day MVP sessions. Guys are still busy taking pictures, including me, hehe. If ya see those pictures you will think I’m working in Microsoft (Hmm someday).
So what’s new, well nothing, it’s all about Microsoft products again. Good thing is that they are listening to what we are saying about their products. Our feedbacks are being noted down (This shows the importance of MVPs). Some of them are being seriously thought of being implemented.
We can expect real cool stuff from Microsoft! I won’t reveal what they are planning since I am under NDA!
Guess what! I saw John Robbins he was there for the debugger sessions. Hmm!
Well now let me reveal something, the thing that stunned me! One of the Visual C++ team members told me that he was using my Process Viewer. Wow isn’t that cool guys! For me it is! It’s a real cool application you should try it out.
We’ve got a third day party with fellow MVP’s so we’ll be leaving shortly!
Pretty cool atmosphere! Well I was a bit worried about the public transportation system in Seattle, very different to what we have in India. Rodeway Inn hotel manager was kind enough to drop me back at the airport from where I was able to catch a bus to downtown seattle!
There are two busses that go to the summit venue( Washington state convention centre). Bus numbers 174 and 194. Initially I asked driver of bus number 174 whether it goes to convention centre but he told me it will take about 1 hour to get to the centre since the bus was a slow one. So he adviced me to try bus 194 which reaches the convention centre in about 15 minutes. Cool!
The coolest thing during this period was I met another MVP Dave Campbell, from Pheonix, also travelling to the same location, quite lucky!
I had a five dollar bill with me to buy a bus ticket, but bus driver refused to take money, me and Dave were surprised to hear this, no wonder dave had a fifteen dollars with him ;). The whole trip costs 1.5 dollars. So a free ride to the convention centre! 🙂
So once there after bit of searching for the centre we found it, immediately went and checked in at Sheraton after paying 75$ security money.
Lunch was pretty cool! Missed out the first three sessions, catched on later with open space sessions, pretty cool sessions… Sessions were as follows!
Creating successful organizations!
Pretty cool insights from management experts. Well what am I doing in a session like this, 😉 well you never know, you could be reading the blog of the next Mr. Bill Gates 😀
You wanna be a writer! Well I already have a blog, I am also thinking of writing a book hence I bumped into this session and guess what met Joseph newcomer and some famous book writers!
Problem solving Importance of asking right questions, importance of asking the right person for help in solving a problem, having respect for the problem maker 😉 ha.
Welcome reception Get drunk ;). I don’t drink but this was a pretty decent event, I thought we’ll be seeing some fights, but none took place. 🙁
Toby Richards was there made a small speech! Well what did he say? I don’t know 🙁 Too much of noise!
Go eat! Good food, to my relief I found rice, hurray!
Go sleep! 🙂
Will be back tomorrow reporting live from the summit! So till then this is Nibu for “Nibu’s programming stuff” reporting from Seattle! 😀