Tuesday, December 20, 2011

SMB Nation Announces Dates, Theme for 2nd Annual MVP Nation Event

Regina over at SMB Nation forwarded this press release to me. SMB Nation's MVP Nation Event will be at the Microsoft Conference Center, Redmond, Wash., on March 2-3, 2012. Here are the deets:

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Bainbridge Island, Wash. – November 8, 2011 – SMB Nation announced today that it will hold its 2nd Annual MVP Nation event at the Microsoft Conference Center, Redmond, Wash., on March 2-3, 2012. Based on the theme “Best & Brightest,” the conference is being touted as one that is geared toward those who “have what it takes to be the Best and Brightest in the IT Industry.”

MVP Nation will offer attendees the rare opportunity to learn directly from the esteemed Microsoft MVPs in a deeply technical environment. With a focus on the new Windows 8 technology, the two-day event will allow attendees to create their Windows 8 road map.

The event is one that is a gathering of three well-established communities:
  • The Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs), who are award-winning technical experts focused on all Microsoft product groups.

  • Community members, who rarely have the opportunity to interact directly with the MVPs in a public event setting. Community members include IT Pros, consultants, resellers, channel partners and in-house IT staff.

  • Community sponsors, who can connect with MVPs and attendees to create amazing technology products and services.
“After our first MVP Nation last year in Seattle, we’re back with a focused two-day deep dive on everything Windows 8,” said Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman, SMB Nation. “The primary emphasis will be on server-side topics along with content on desktop, mobility and tablet issues.

Windows 8 is a topic that impacts everyone--whether you are an IT pro, developer, user. This event is for everyone who wants a deeply technical experience, which we have likened to “graduate school for geeks.” We joke that no “wimps” are allowed at the two-day brain explosion!”

This year’s MVP Nation event will follow the long-standing private and closed annual Microsoft MVP Summit that traditionally brings in 2,000 MVPs. MVPs represent more than 100 product groups. The MVP Nation event will provide an opportunity for both attendees and sponsors to meet and learn from the MVPs. In addition, the speaker roster for this year’s event includes many MVPs who will possess the latest Windows 8 information, since they will have just come from briefings held at the Microsoft MVP Summit.

MVP Nation has already gained support from an enthusiastic and well-known sponsor community including: D&H Distributing, Cisco, Microsoft, Intel, StorageCraft and many others that are well-known in the SMB community.

“First and foremost, we are community. We’re from the community producing a community event supported by the community and attended by community members. How cool is that?,” Brelsford said. “Beyond the amazing SMB Nation staff and tribal membership, we have enjoyed fantastic support from like-minded similar communities including the MVPs, user groups, trade associations and other affinity entities. And most importantly, we really recognize and realize the warm welcome we’ve already received from Microsoft Redmond. For the first time in years, an SMB Nation event returns to the Microsoft campus at the amazing conference center. We hope that our efforts satisfy the Windows 8 hunger of the technology community!”

For more information and to register for MVP Nation 2012, please visit mvp.smbnation.com.

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