Technical Sessions

As is customary for previous MVP Summits, we design the content plan based on the timing of Microsoft product and technology releases, and by considering the needs of MVPs. Product or technology roadmaps vary greatly. Consequently, at the time of the MVP Summit, content availability and community feedback are more relevant for some products or technologies versus others.


Content is delivered via deep technical breakout sessions, as well as highly interactive breakout sessions where attendees evaluate plans or share community feedback. Breakout sessions are aligned to the MVP award program areas of expertise. Many sessions will be exclusive to specific expertise areas, while others will be open more broadly.


Below is the current status of our Award Category Coverage list in days which is subject to change.


Award Category Coverage

Award Category Number of Days
Microsoft Azure 5
Windows Development 3
Office Development 3
Visual Studio and Development Technologies 3
Data Platform 3
Windows and Devices for IT 3
Office Servers and Services 3
Business Solutions 4
Cloud and Datacenter Management 3
Enterprise Mobility 3
OneNote 3
PowerPoint 3
Excel 3
Outlook 2
Word 2
Access 3
Visio 3
Windows Insider MVPs 2

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Workshop are opportunities for additional content extended beyond the main MVP Summit Technical Sessions. Workshops will be held on Sunday, November 6th and Thursday, November 10.


  • Official workshops are included in the Schedule Builder.
  • Workshops are held at the Hyatt on Sunday afternoon and at Campus on Thursday.
  • This year’s workshops will be a combination of soft skill training, technical sessions, hands-on labs, and hacks.

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Hands-on Workshop

We will have a day of hands-on workshops on Thursday, November 10th. You can choose to participate in different hands-on labs, solution-based workshops or OSS hackathons, which cover a wide-range topics, including, IoT solutions, Cloud, DevOps, Data, Apps development and More Personal Computing. The workshops will be hosted by the PGs directly, in addition to a couple of Corp DX teams.

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Brad Anderson

Brad Anderson is the Corporate Vice President of the Enterprise Client & Mobility (ECM) team. This organization is focused on supporting a modern workforce that operates in a world of continuously connected devices.  The ECM team is a key pillar of Microsoft’s Mobile-First, Cloud-First focus. As a part of this organization’s ambitious charter, Brad leads the effort to enable enterprises to be productive on the devices they love, while keeping the company secure.  A major part of the organization’s function is to innovate and create the solutions that deliver a rich and consistent set of experience for users across all the devices they use. The ECM team incorporates a broad range of assets and products from across Microsoft, including Windows Server, System Center, Microsoft Azure, Office 365, Microsoft Azure RemoteApp, Active Directory, Azure Active Directory, Remote Desktop Services, and security.  The ECM team is a major driver of Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility Suite.



Brian Harry
Brian Harry is the Corporate Vice President for the Visual Studio Team Services organization.  He is responsible for the Visual Studio Team Services, Team Foundation Server, Application Insights, and Kusto product lines.  VS Team Services and Team Foundation Server are a team collaboration product designed to dramatically improve the productivity, predictability, and agility of software development teams by ensuring that all team members have easy access to the information they need to make the right decisions at the right time. Harry worked at start up DaVinci Systems doing electronic mail software from 1988 to 1992. In 1992 Harry left DaVinci Systems with two others to create One Tree Software. One Tree, was a classic garage-type startup company that developed and sold SourceSafe (the same product that is now Microsoft Visual SourceSafe). One Tree Software was acquired by Microsoft in 1994. After joining Microsoft, Harry worked in what was then the Tools and Databases division. For a couple of years he worked on SourceSafe and then on Microsoft Repository. In 1996 he and others began working on the problem of improving the approachability of API for the developer masses. Although this started as investigation of ways to extend COM it eventually grew into what we now know as the .NET Framework. Harry served as the Development manager for the Common Language Runtime and then as the PUM through the rest of the V1 and most of the V1.1 product cycle. 



Corey Sanders
Corey Sanders has been a member of the Azure team for 6 years and Microsoft for 11 years. Corey is currently the Director of Program Manager responsible for the engineering and business of compute in the Azure team. This includes Windows VMs, Linux VMs, Batch Computing, and the compute technology supporting large Microsoft services like Bing and O365. Corey created and delivered the initial IaaS release on Azure. Prior to Azure, Corey spent five years as a developer in the Windows Serviceability team. In Windows Serviceability, Corey's team owned networking, kernel, and install technologies of all released versions of Windows. Corey lives in downtown Seattle and loves the area, despite the weather.



Erin Chapple
As a Partner Director of Program Management in the Enterprise Cloud Group, Erin leads the Windows Server & Services program management team. This team delivers the operating system that powers Microsoft’s cloud offerings and associated infrastructure services. Erin joined Microsoft in 1998 and has held several roles focused on delivering solutions for IT.

Erin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo. In 2005 she completed a Master’s in Applied Behavioral Science from the Leadership Institute of Seattle. In 2012 Erin’s peers at Microsoft presented her with the Leadership Advocacy Award for Women. At work, Erin is a strong supporter of building community.



James Whittaker

James Whittaker’s career spans academia, start-ups and top tech companies and starts in 1986 as the first computer science graduate hired by the FBI. James then worked as a freelance developer, most notably for IBM, Ericsson, SAP, Cisco and Microsoft, specializing in test automation. He joined the faculty at the Florida Institute of Technology where he continued his prolific publication record in software testing and security. In 2002 his security work was spun off by the university into a startup which was later acquired by Raytheon.


James’ first stint at Microsoft was in Trustworthy Computing and Visual Studio. He then joined Google as an engineering director and led teams working on Chrome, Maps and Google+. In 2012 James rejoined Microsoft.


James is known for being a creative and passionate leader and sought after speaker and author. Of his five books two have been Jolt Award finalists. Follow him on Twitter @docjamesw and at his website



Jeffrey Snover

Jeffrey Snover is a Technical Fellow at Microsoft and the Chief Architect for the Enterprise Cloud Group.
Snover is the inventor of Windows PowerShell, an object-based distributed automation engine, scripting language, and command line shell. Snover joined Microsoft in 1999 as divisional architect for the Management and Services Division, providing technical direction across Microsoft's management technologies and products. 
Snover has over 30 years of industry experience with a focus on management technologies and solutions. He was an architect in the office of the CTO at Tivoli and a development manager at NetView. He has worked also as a consulting engineer and development manager at DEC, where he led various network and systems management projects. 
Snover is a frequent speaker at industry and research conferences on a variety of cloud, management and language topics.



Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Microsoft

Jenny Lay-Flurrie has a passion to see people of all abilities reach their full potential. Jenny is Chief Accessibility Officer at Microsoft leading our efforts to drive great products, services and websites that empower people and organisations to achieve more. Her team is at the forefront of creating positive experiences that apply technology to make a difference in the world and the lives of individuals from how we hire and support people with disabilities in employment to innovative technology that aims to revolutionize ‘what’s possible’ for people with disabilities.


Jenny is also the Chair of DisAbility@Microsoft, an employee resource (affinity) group focused on “Enabling people to be successful regardless of ability or disability.” With the help of her team and broad community within Microsoft, Jenny leads many initiatives to empower people with disabilities both in and out of Microsoft. These initiatives range from creating the Disability Answer Desk which provides specialist customer support to people with disabilities to hosting the annual Microsoft Ability Summit which focusses on empowering attendees (800+ in 2016) with the inclusive and innovative thinking necessary to enable people of all abilities around the world. Also instrumental in projects such as Cities Unlocked and recent ‘ALS Hackathon’, focused on empowering people with disabilities with new technologies and capabilities.


Outside of Microsoft, Jenny is a board member of the US Business Leader Network (USBLN) and an active member of the Washington State Disability Taskforce working to increase employment for people with disabilities in state government.  Was recognized as a ‘Champion of Change’ by the White House in October 2014. 



Jono Bacon

Jono Bacon is a leading community manager, speaker, author, and podcaster. He is the founder of Jono Bacon Consulting which provides community strategy/execution, developer workflow, and other services. He also previously served as director of community at GitHub, Canonical, XPRIZE, OpenAdvantage, and consulted and advised a range of organizations. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed The Art of Community, is a columnist for Forbes and, founder of the Community Leadership Summit, and co-founder of the Bad Voltage and LugRadio podcasts.



Julia Liuson

Julia Liuson is Corporate Vice President of the Developer Division, overseeing software development for Visual Studio and .Net framework, including .Net, all programming languages, user interface, team development/testing tools as well as platform adoption tools.


Liuson joined Microsoft in 1992, and has held a variety of technical and management positions while at Microsoft.  She was General Manager of Visual Studio Business Applications where she was responsible for enabling developers to easily build business applications on Microsoft server and service platforms.


Liuson has also served as General Manager for Server and Tools business from MS Shanghai office in China for two years while running engineering teams on both sides of the Pacific.


Previously, Liuson has served as development manager, and later as Partner Product Unit Manager for Visual Basic.  She was also a core member of the leadership team that led the successful development and launch of Visual Studio Team System in 2005.


Liuson received a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from University of Washington.



Scott Guthrie

As executive vice president of the Microsoft Cloud+Enterprise group, Scott Guthrie is responsible for the company’s cloud infrastructure, server, database, management and development tools businesses. His engineering team builds Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Dynamics 365, SQL Server, Active Directory, System Center, Visual Studio and .NET.

Prior to leading the Cloud and Enterprise group, Guthrie helped lead Microsoft Azure, Microsoft’s public cloud platform. Since joining the company in 1997, he has made critical contributions to many of Microsoft’s key cloud, server and development technologies and was one of the original founders of the .NET project. Guthrie graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Duke University.


Scott Hanselman
Scott is a web developer who has been blogging at for over a decade. He works in Open Source on ASP.NET and the Azure Cloud for Microsoft out of his home office in Portland, Oregon. Scott has three podcasts, for tech talk, on developers' lives and loves, and for pop culture and tech media. He's written a number of books and spoken in person to almost a half million developers worldwide.


Scott Hunter
Scott works for Microsoft as the Director of Program Management for the .NET team. This team build the .NET Framework, .NET Core, the tooling for .NET and the Web tooling. Before this Scott was the CTO of several startups including Mustang Software and Starbase focusing on a variety of technologies, but programming the Web has always been his real passion. In his spare time he is an avid Hiker and enjoying Formula One racing.

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