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Callon Campbell Awarded 2019-2020 Microsoft MVP in Azure

This week I received notification from Microsoft that I was re-awarded for a second year now the 2019-2020 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award in Azure.

Since becoming a Microsoft MVP, I’ve learned a lot about the community and continued to share my passion, knowledge and experience within the community around Architecture and Development in Azure, DevOps and Serverless technologies. I also keep a keen eye on what’s happening on the data technologies like Cosmos DB and Azure SQL.

Receiving the Microsoft MVP award is a humbling and exciting experience and it means you’re a member of this “elite” group of roughly 3000 Microsoft MVPs from around the world.

Earlier this year I attended my first MVP Global Summit and it was an amazing experience. I got to meet so many people in person that I only knew from online experiences. I also got to meet and interact with the various product teams and provide valuable feedback, and see what’s coming on the roadmap. I’m looking forward to attending next years MVP Global Summit and connecting with fellow MVPs.

If you’re interested in learning about the Microsoft MVP program and seeing what it takes to become a Microsoft MVP, or how to get awarded, I encourage you to take a look at the Microsoft MVP website and also the following article on “How to become a Microsoft MVP” where they explain some of the details of the program.

To wrap up this post I would like to congratulate all the other newly awarded, or renewed Microsoft MVP’s all over the world! You truly are an amazing community and I’m truly humbled to be part of this community.

Enjoy!

References

Microsoft MVP Award

How to become a Microsoft MVP

Callon Campbell MVP Profile

AzureEventsMVP

Ignite The Tour 2019 Toronto Recap

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This year I had the opportunity to attend and participate as a speaker at the Microsoft Ignite The Tour in Toronto. The event was held over two days from January 10-11, 2019 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, and provided a venue for developers and tech professionals to continue learning alongside experts in developer tools and cloud technologies. It also provided an opportunity to connect with technical community and learn best practices and insights into cloud development, data, IT, AI, and business intelligence.

With events like this I usually attend as an attendee, but this year myself and two colleagues put through submissions for the call for speakers from the MVP community. For me this year has largely been about Azure DevOps and trying to connect with local developers, IT, and businesses and showing them up to take advantage of DevOps, specially with Azure DevOps. So it was only natural to focus my efforts around this. It also provided a great opportunity to connect with industry experts and other Microsoft MVP’s to further my education and career path.

Here are some morning pictures outside the contention centre. It was a nice clear day, but it was very cold.

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Getting Prepared for my Talk

Day 1 of the conference was our talk on Azure DevOps. After getting my badge I met up with my co-presenters Ehsan and Arlan in the speaker room. This is a relatively quiet place to get away from the crowd and do some preparation or just relax. The food here was great too!

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Presenting – Azure DevOps Community Meetup

Our talk was a community meetup on Azure DevOps with 146 people registered and we had great turnout of 130 or so. The presentation sparked many conversations with the attendees and other community MVPs. This later led to a conversation about coordinating a single Global Azure DevOps Bootcamp in the Great Toronto Area which was very exciting.

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Working the Microsoft Area – Demo Stations, Lounges and Meeting Pods

After the presentation was done we had arranged a Meeting Pod for both days to continue the Q&A discussions that sparked from the talk. This allowed attendees to come and talk with us afterwards since our time in the room was limited. I also got to work the Demo Station where anyone could walk up to me any ask me anything. I focused my demos on Azure DevOps, Azure Functions, Event Grid and Logic Apps.

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Networking, Socializing and Connecting with the Community

Of course you need to have fun and there was plenty of it throughout the two days. I had the opportunity to connect with other MVP’s in the local community and those that flew in for the event. I love this group and the passion we all share to learn and help others in the community.

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In the evening there was a MVP social dinner. The name tags for the event were a neat idea, 1.44” floppy disks on a lanyard. I wonder what rock those disks were dug up from? I’m sure I have a box of these somewhere in my basement “tech” museum.

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Wrap Up

Having the opportunity to participate at a conference like this was amazing. What was special about this event is that it was my first high profile conference to speak at. When I was younger public speaking was something I dreaded and tried to avoid at all cost. Speaking at conferences like this is nerve racking at first but does goes away as you get comfortable and relaxed. You get so much support from the tech community, whether its other speakers, colleagues or just the attendees wanting to engage with you and try to solve similar problems.

I had a blast at this event and I can’t wait for next year. I hope I once again get the opportunity to participate in this conference as a speaker, staffer or both.

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Enjoy!

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Callon Campbell Awarded Microsoft MVP – Azure

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On June 1, 2018 I received notification from Microsoft that I was awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award in the category of Azure for 2018-2019. This is my first MVP award and I feel truly honored, excited and thankful. I could not have got here without all the support from the community, so thank you! I look forward to continuing my work with the community and working towards my renewal next year.

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In case the above image doesn’t load, here is what the letter states…

Dear Callon Campbell,

Congratulations! We’re pleased to present you with the 2018-2019 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award in recognition of your exceptional technical community leadership. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in the following technical communities during the past year:

· Microsoft Azure

    

Congratulations to all the other newly awarded, or renewed Microsoft MVP’s all over the world! You truly are an amazing community

Enjoy!

References

Microsoft MVP Award

Callon Campbell MVP Profile

EventsMVP

Microsoft MVP Summit Checklist — Ken Cenerelli

In March 2018, I will be heading to my third Microsoft MVP Global Summit. Just like in past years, MVPs from around the world converge on Bellevue, Redmond, and Seattle, Washington for several days of technical sessions and camaraderie on the Microsoft campus. While the majority of MVPs attending are returnees, a good portion is […]

via Microsoft MVP Summit Checklist — Ken Cenerelli