Two days later - March 2nd - the I.T. world gathers in Redmond, WA for MVP Nation. (Join me there.)
- March 2-3
- Information and registration at mvp.smbnation.com
And today Harry Brelsford announced that MVP Nation will be broadcast on the web via live video. Here's the press release:
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SMB Nation Announces Webcast of MVP Nation, Windows 8 Deep Dive
MVP Nation 2012, the world's first Windows 8 focused conference, will be available for the first time ever via live webcast through the MVP Nation website. Virtual attendees can register for the event, which runs from March 2-3, at mvp.smbnation.com.
MVP Nation offers attendees the rare opportunity to learn from Microsoft's very own MVPs in a deeply technical environment. This year's conference focuses heavily on Windows 8 and will provide attendees with a hands-on opportunity to create their own Windows 8 road map. SMB channel community members will benefit from direct interaction with Microsoft's leading Windows 8 trained MVPs, who come to MVP Nation fresh from Microsoft's private MVP Summit event.
The new MVP Nation webcast offering makes it easier and cheaper than ever for IT professionals to benefit from the expertise of Microsoft's MVPs.
Harry Brelsford, founder and chairman of SMB Nation, expressed his excitement about taking MVP Nation virtual: "There's something magic about attending MVP Nation—or any good conference—in person. But what we're hearing from community members is that even though MVP Nation offers amazing value and they want to come, they just can't justify the travel time and airfare and lodging expenses associated with attending a conference. Taking MVP Nation virtual changes that. It makes the event accessible to everyone, everywhere."
Conference attendees have the added benefit of networking with SMB Nation's community sponsors. Sponsors include tech industry leaders, such as Microsoft, Intel, Cisco, D&H Distributing, StorageCraft, and many others, all of whom are available to share information about the channel partnership programs they offer. Many sponsors will also include information on new products and services that integrate seamlessly with Microsoft's new Windows 8 technology. Virtual attendees will have access to much of the community sponsors' partner materials.
Brelsford shared additional information about the event—and a bit of advice: "After our first MVP Nation last year in Seattle, we’re back with a focused two-day deep dive into everything Windows 8. The primary emphasis will be on server-side topics, but we're also addressing desktop, mobility and tablet issues. This event is for everyone who wants a deeply technical experience. We liken it to graduate school for geeks and joke that no wimps are allowed at our two-day brain explosion!"
The MVP Nation team is confident enough in the value offered by their conference that they have introduced a new 110% money-back guarantee for any attendee who is not completely satisfied with the conference experience.
According to Brelsford, "We challenge any Windows-focused IT channel professional to give MVP Nation a try. If it's not everything an attendee hoped for and more, we're happy to extend a full refund, plus a bit of extra spending money for their trouble. And really, why not? With the new webcast option, attendees don't even need to leave their home."
By the numbers
• Attendees: IT Pros, In-house It experts, SMB channel partners, consultants, techs, geeks, MVPs and resellers
• Sessions: Focused on Windows 8 (server, workstation, mobility, tablet)
- Conference: March 2-3, 2012
• Virtual Seat Cost: $99
• Location: Microsoft Conference Center.Redmond, WA
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ABOUT SMB NATION: SMB Nation is a publishing and events community, targeted at the small and medium business (SMB) channel partner/reseller/consulting/VAR community. SMB Nation spreads the knowledge of SMB technology trends through its conferences, books, SMB PC magazine, online services, and world-wide seminars, workshops and accredited Pocket MBA certificate (an academic partnership with Aspen University). As an active participant in the technology community, SMB Nation has a long history of enthusiastic advocacy and evangelism. The SMB Nation tribe exceeds 45,000 followers worldwide.
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