What it takes to be an MVP

The MVP Award is a global program of recognized technology experts and community leaders who actively support technical communities through unique, innovative, and consistent knowledge sharing. These community leaders actively contribute to support the developer and IT Pro communities worldwide, helping them learn, build, and use our products. Learn below what the Microsoft MVP Program seeks for recognition of future community leaders.

Demonstrate community leadership and influence

Our program finds strength in diversity, inclusion, and positive influence. In all our interactions, we aspire to embody and champion these values as a program and as a community. Qualifying applicants must demonstrate leadership and ability to facilitate the sharing of knowledge with others, promote inclusive activities, and advance social good to support the community and under-represented groups.

Be a technical expert

Community leaders must have deep knowledge and expertise aligned to a Microsoft product or service or related open-source technologies. Through community work, qualifying applicants should be able to demonstrate their technical expertise.

Be a great advocate for the community

Leverage your technical expertise to advocate in the technical community. Qualifying applicants should generate local and global awareness that supports adoption and learning of Microsoft products & services through authentic connections, online/offline activities, and community enablement.

Contribute to the success of our products

Qualifying applicants should use their ability to discover and recommend improvements to Microsoft products & services through Microsoft official feedback channels (e.g., GitHub, Tech Community, etc.) or work on open-source extensions within the ecosystem.

We are always looking for amazing community leaders to become the next Microsoft MVP. Here’s some great examples that showcase our MVPs and the passion, community spirit and leadership they have exhibited to earn the MVP award.

Contributing code to Projects

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Daniel Marbach (Switzerland) is a Microsoft Azure MVP who has a great passion for OSS. Daniel believes that “every pull request, no matter how small, makes the .NET ecosystem as a whole move forward”. He participates in more than 100 GitHub repositories, with forks of projects like Quartz.NET, RabbitMQ, ApiAprover, MediatR, Marten, MassTransit and many more - his work on RabbitMQ client helped the RabbitMQ team shape the decision to go for a fully async client Library. Daniel used to own a few OSS projects like Machine.Specifications, Appccelerate and Ninject: some of those projects have 100K downloads or more. Daniel has made over 1500 contributions in GitHub in the past year alone.

Helping Others

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Vinicius Mozart (Brazil), a Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP, is an active community contributor with in-depth experience in Group Policy, RDS and Servers. He has been awarded multiple times as an MVP for his contributions in the Microsoft MSDN/TechNet forums over the years. Vinicius has contributed to Wiki and forums, specializing in troubleshooting, server management, GPO and hybrid scenarios, and most of his articles in his blog site bring large and complex scenarios as examples. As one of the top online contributors in Brazil, Vinicius’ total answers in MSDN/TechNet stand at 2546 with 728 helpful posts and 4003 replies. Last year, he had over 185 answers and 406 posts which have 50K views. Vinicius is ranked among the top 0.144% all-time contributors in MSDN/TechNet.

Creating Content

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Tomoharu Misawa (Japan) is an MVP in the Office Apps & Services award category who is best known for his enthusiasm to share his deep technical knowledge with the community through blogs, technical articles, books, and speeches for Microsoft 365 users and IT Pros. In the past year, he posted blog articles every day to share valuable information about Microsoft 365, such as Office and Windows, based on his work experience in the adoption of Microsoft 365 and the technical skill that he learned. Tomoharu also published technical articles and books related to Outlook. Those activities make him one of the most active content creator MVPs in Japan.


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Heather Downing (US), a Developer Technologies MVP, is a highly sought after speaker and best known for her work in Server Side Development, Conversational AI, and Mobile App development. Heather recently organized and co-hosted a 24-hour global virtual tech conference, Dev Around the Sun, to fundraise for victims of COVID-19. Heather has presented at many conferences on all 7 continents, including NDC Oslo, VS Live!, CodeMash, Techorama, BuildStuff, DevSum, DevConf, KCDC and more. In the past year, Heather has spoken to more than 10,000 people at User Groups meetings, Conferences and virtual events.

Live Coder

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Layla Porter (UK), a Developer Technology MVP, is a self-taught engineer who streams .NET development on Twitch. Layla has 3 scheduled streams a week and shares her love of the C# language and .NET. Layla has viewers from around the world tune in to her show, LaylaCodesIt. In the past year, there have been more than 10,000 viewers of Layla's live stream where she's live-coded for more than 100 hours with over 3300 hours watched. Layla was recently elected to the .NET Foundation Board of Directors.