What it takes to be an MVP

The Microsoft MVP Award gives us the unique opportunity to celebrate, honor and say thank you to top-notch technology experts who make outstanding contributions to their communities. These technology experts have an unstoppable urge to get their hands on new, exciting technologies and love to share their knowledge. While there is no single way to become an MVP, we have 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

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.

In-Person Speaking

Jen Stirrup (UK), a Microsoft Data Platform MVP, is a highly-regarded industry analyst, speaker, and author best known for her work in Business Intelligence, Big Data and Data Visualization. Jen is the current holder of the SQLPassion Award for her work in organizing Women in Technology events across Europe and the UK for the European SQL Server community. Jen has presented at many conferences, including SQLPass, SQLBIts, and SQLSaturday events throughout Europe and US. Jen is the main organizer for SQLSaturday Edinburgh, and runs the Hertfordshire User Group for SQL Server (HUGGS). In the past year, Jen has spoken to more than 1,000 people as part of over 10 European User Group meetings and conferences.

Helping Others

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

Takae Sakushima (Japan) is an MVP in the Windows and Devices for IT award category who is best known for her enthusiasm to share her deep technical knowledge with the community through books, blogs, technical articles and speeches. In the past year, she wrote 30 articles about Windows 10 for the major magazines in Japan for IT users. Takae has also published several books related to Windows, and her recent book on Windows 10 which she co-authored with another MVP was very well received in Japan with over 10,000 copies sold. Takae has been posting her original technical content on her blog for more than 10 years and the total number of blogs has reached 2,525 and gained 19,276,477 views so far. Last year, she published 30 posts on her blog and gained 2,840,000 views.

Providing Feedback

Oren Novotny (US) is a well-respected Visual Studio & Development Technologies MVP, who, over the years, has provided valuable feedback to many Microsoft products and technologies such as .NET, UWP, Visual Studio, Azure, and NuGet. His feedback has been (or will be) incorporated into many Microsoft products. Product groups highly value his feedback:

“Oren *is awesome*....he wrote a bunch of blog posts that provide more detail than some of our specs and docs....That results in him asking the right questions and forcing us to explain why things in work in a certain why or (more common) why they don’t but should. The feedback he provides is high quality and critical for us.” - Immo Landwerth, Senior PM

“Oren’s feedback has been very valuable: he’s willing to provide feedback, and is always very constructive and articulate in his justifications. He knows his stuff, will tell us when we’re wrong.... Because of all that, we do ask for his feedback, and we take it seriously.” – Bertrand Le Roy, Senior PM

“He’s on the forefront of most new technology and tools coming out of our teams. Always the first to try things, and gives us candid, actionable feedback whether it be positive or negative.” – David Kean, Senior Dev

“He’s also been helping us vet features that are in private preview by giving us feedback and recommendations based on what he’s hearing from his customers. He also contributes to the community by uploading samples and libraries he built on to Yammer and Git.” – Ajith Alexander, Senior PM