My region is Central and Eastern Europe and last year our regional event was in Prague and this year it was in Belgrade. Read Part 1 here. Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question? These are usually more community focused than technical (as there’s rarely someone from product groups), but I guess the format may vary from region to region. In order to impress your employers, potential employers, clients, etc. After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out. Upcoming features or changes are often pre-announced in the distribution lists or, in case you are missing something specific, you can always ask about it on the list and get an answer from someone in-the-know. Stay up to date on the latest compensation trends. Luckily Microsoft organizes localized regional mini-summits. Life as an MVP. In the last several years the summit was held in or around November, but the next one was moved to March, 2018 because, apparently, it makes more sense in March in relation to other Microsoft events. The offers range from free products, to free or discounted services and there are just too many of them to list them all here. Use our tool to get a personalized report on your market worth. How do you get involved with this great group of people? Follow me (Alan Mendelevich) to be notified about my future posts. I managed to keep my total expenses for the last summit under €1,000, I think. Stop guessing. Usually there are several time options to accommodate for timezone differences. So, the only way to learn what’s being presented there is to be there in person. While these DLs are not a place for small talk or off-topic discussions they are usually a place where initial personal connections are made before you get a chance to go to the Global Summit or regional Community Connection. You get a bunch of “symbols” to recognize your contributions. That includes a MSDN membership, .... http://groups.google.com/groups?hl=...8&selm=c7ati0%24gsj%241%40news5.svr.pol.co.uk, http://groups.google.com/groups?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&threadm=c7ati0$gsj$1%, EU orders Apple to pay €13bn in back taxes, Meet Mycroft: An Open Source Virtual Assistant, OnePlus January 19 Credit Card Security Update: up to 40k customers may be affected. By signing an NDA you open the door for Microsoft employees to tell you stuff you wouldn’t have a chance to learn otherwise. I receive $100,000 (US) per year as a salary for being a MVP. to increase your credibility. When you are a part of the MVP Community the average level of the people around you is out of this world. Find your market worth with a report tailored to you, Certifications in the same industry as Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), ranked by salary, Certified Information Privacy Professional / Government (CIPP/G), HRCI Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), Certified Healthcare Facility Manager (CHFM), Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), IBM Certified Specialist -- Rational Test Management and Robot, Certified Knowledge Expert - Project Management (CKE), Certified Risk Compliance Professional (CRCP), Certified Appraisal Reviewer: National Association of Real Estate Appraisers (CNAREA), American Society for Nondestructive Testing Level III Certification, Institute of Cost and Works Accountants (ICWA), Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET). A couple thousand MVPs from all over the world gather in Redmond/Bellevue on and around Microsoft’s campus and spend close to a week together both hearing about what’s coming down the pike from Microsoft and, more importantly, getting to know each other and people who work on the products they are passionate about. I hope I’ve convinced you that being an MVP is valuable to you. To name a few, developers can get a free license of ReSharper Ultimate or WebStorm from JetBrains, access to the whole Pluralsight library, free licenses for Camtasia (to record your video tutorials) and many more. You get a box that contains a glass “statue”, a set of stickers, pins, a plaque/diploma, etc. I receive a large vehicle allowance to be a MVP. lol, Wait, I live in Texas, why in the world do I need a jacket? These are calls with specific product groups usually conducted over Skype for Business and centered around some specific subject. You get a Visual Studio Enterprise with MSDN subscription for free. I receive numerous trinkets for being a MVP. I know for people like me, who are not from the Seattle area and not even from US in general, the costs of the trip are an important question. I'd say that those MVPs like Bruce & Carey are over-paid! For many MVPs Global Summit is the main and the most important benefit of the award. It may not display this or other websites correctly. Xamarin University is a set of instructor-led live or on-demand courses in Xamarin and related technologies. How the salary history question affects pay equity. We will cover other aspects of its significance later, but as far as community forming goes, the Global Summit is hard to beat. Few weeks after we were done Microsoft rolled-out a “standard” feature doing what we needed. Office MVPs get a 25 seat Office 365 Enterprise E3 subscription and the rest of us get a 5 seat subscription of the same plan. Please consider sponsoring me on GitHub Sponsors. There are several channels how an MVP can get this knowledge. Improve your chances of receiving a raise when you ask. Since, according to Microsoft, new year starts in July and Global Summit was moved to next spring we are likely to have another CEE MVP Community Connection this calendar year. So, let’s get them out of the way really quickly. What your skills are worth in the job market is constantly changing. Additionally, through the involvement in the community you are likely to get in direct contact with many people inside Microsoft and will be able to address them directly without going through multiple hoops. I can help you find out what you should be paid. But, obviously, you mileage may vary. Material benefits are often emphasized, but as I mentioned they weren’t that motivating for me, and probably others as well. Either at the Global Summit, or via Distribution Lists, or during PGIs you can and are welcome to provide your feedback and, sometimes, influence future direction of the products. Took us about a month of work to do that. You are using an out of date browser. So, I ended up booking my hotel through Booking.com anyway. you can request an executive recognition letter signed by Steven Guggenheimer, Corporate Vice President of Developer Experience & Evangelism, that outlines the impact of the MVP program and the significance of the MVP Award. Rather than listing all the benefits in one long list, I decided to group them into logical sections by value they bring to the MVPs (from my perspective). You don’t have to be a genius to realize that a person like this is more valuable to potential employers and clients than someone with similar technical abilities but no MVP status. It is hard to have this sort of direct impact from the outside (unless you are a huge customer) except through the MVP program. Part of getting access to most of the MVP program benefits is signing a non-disclosure agreement (NDA), so hopefully I don’t break it in these posts while covering all of this. They are always on the "bleeding edge" and have an unstoppable urge to get their hands on new, exciting technologies. Now we got to the most important part… As the famous saying goes: “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” — Jim Rohn.