Let me tell you one of the most mysterious thing about the MVP Open Day, which was the venue. We all tried very hard to find out the exact location of the resort. Some of us even tricked the cabby to get the information, but the organizers were way cleverer than we thought.
Just for a quick introduction on MVP Open Day…
It is is an annual regional MVP gathering to learn, connect and share experiences. We, all MVPs from South Asia, unite at one place to celebrate the “Joy of Sharing“.
So, after some time, we reached our so called “secret venue”, which was “Royal Orchid Resort at Yelahanka“. We quickly checked in and freshened up, because there were many interesting stuff already lined up for us, as you can imagine from the agenda given below.
Not getting anything from the Agenda, right !!! The same happened with us too. Keep reading, you will get know everything.
Agenda was beautifully designed, which is a combination of Technical as well as Non-Technical Sessions along with different activities and games.
Day 1 …
… started with the Introduction to MVP Program and its benefits, delivered by Mayumi Suzuki, Allen Li, Biplab Paul and Gandharv Rawat, who are our MVP Community Leads and Managers. They answered all our queries by giving us the real insight and flavour of this Program.
The next presenter was Dr. Nitin Paranjape, who demonstrated Office 365. We discovered many cool, useful and productive features, which we don’t really use.
One of the best quotes he made is…
“While working with any Product or Software, think whether you are helping it or that is helping you.”
This is a very powerful sentence indeed. The software is designed with all features to make our job fast and perfect, but most of the time, we try to do in our own way, ignoring all the features of the software.
The day then followed by sessions on Visual Studio, Office Tools and Azure by fellow MVP, Microsoft Program Managers and Experts. These sessions were informative as they addressed our daily life issues, we face with the Microsoft Products and Platforms.
How about some Game after so much of tech discussion?
Yes, you heard that right. “Paint Ball” and “Archery” were the next big things in the agenda. We formed teams among us and played the game so passionately.
Finally, we had a party with dinner in the evening. All the us appeared with traditional attire, which fill the place with tranquility. This was the time, when we get to know each other, chit chatted on different tech and non-tech things.
Pottery was a worth sight during the party. You can see how Mayumi is trying to build something.
On the whole, the setup mimicked “India’s Village“, where we were the Villagers. Very innovative and unique.
Day 2 …
… started with Yoga classes by MVP Vijay Agarwal.
Yoga, seriously !!!!
Yes, this was totally unpredicted. We were just told that to come to the lawn at 6 AM in the morning. Our Yoga Guru taught us some simple exercises, which we should work out everyday in order to stay fit in this world of technology.
Everyone was feeling so energetic after the Yoga class that eventually kept us attentive the whole day.
The first session of the day was very influential. As MVPs, we should lead the community by influencing people to work together with collaboration. We should take steps towards building those qualities by implementing the strategies explained by Mr. Sumit Arora, Director, Microsoft India IGTSC, in his presentation.
Who had imagined, that the next few hours to follow after this, would make us so involved and engaged? Pramila Matthew took the session on building leadership qualities, thereby inspiring us, not to think about the past or future, but to always live in the present with 100% concentration on the work we do.
She assigned some excellent activities to us, which we performed in groups. One of them was “Human Machine“.
Well, you can imagine the level of enjoyment we had, from the pictures below. MVPs turned into Watch, Washing Machine, Toaster etc.
Below one is the activity of presenting a model, which would help Microsoft to stay ahead of the curve. Many hidden, innovative and interesting ideas were projected on the floor. I hope, Microsoft would implement those in near future.
Then, we were all set for some tech discussions on Web Application Performance by Tulika, which is followed by Troubleshooting Azure Websites by Puneet and Security Measures in Windows 10 by Pradeep.
Designing is the most important part of a Application, because that is what user would see and create impression about it. We explored some of the Best-practices of Application Design, which was delivered by Mr. Amar from Microsoft Hyderabad.
Who can forget the late night talk on Xamarin by MVP Mayur and MVP Nishant. The talk was really very crisp and to the point, which explained us the features of Xamarin.
It was around 1 AM at that time, when everything finished. Next day around 10 AM, we checked out of the Resort and returned back to our places. But, the memories we carried from the Open Day Event is precious and will stay forever.
We are just going away for few months, before the next Open Day.
I would like to thank Mr. Biplab Paul (Community Program Manager), Mr. Gandharv Rawat (Community Support Lead) for designing such a captivating agenda, which included tech, non-tech activities and games. The communications they made before the event about the Agenda, Venue, Sessions and Goodies excited us to be a part of those two unforgettable days of this year.