I got my first Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award in 2009 and was re-awarded every year ever since. This award is given for community contributions – writing technical articles, speaking at conferences or community events, and participation in open source projects.
Thanks to the Microsoft MVP award, I can communicate with people from Microsoft product groups, discuss any issues or have technical questions about the technologies I use every day. Many of these people are my friends and I can reach out to them any time.
I also attend MVP Summit, an annual conference that takes place at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, which is a unique opportunity to meet these awesome people in person.
I got my first Microsoft RD award in 2015 (it is valid for two years) and got re-awarded in 2017. Thanks to this, I can communicate with key Microsoft employees and discuss Microsoft strategy and vision in areas of cloud computing and future development of their technologies.
There are about 160 Regional Directors in the world, and it’s a fantastic group of people. Right now, I am the only one in the Czech Republic.