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How to become a microsoft MVP?

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  • Hi all,

    I am  a  computer science and engineering undergraduate. I am currently in 3rd year. I have 2 more years to graduate. In the meantime I am planning to be Microsoft qualified.....and  I want to become a  Microsoft MVP.
    Which Microsoft certifications should I do? and What else?
    Can anybody help me with this???????

    btw: I have visited Microsoft site regarding this. But I couldn't find a clear idea about this.

    thanx

    nasayoo
    Sunday, June 08, 2008 6:57 AM

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  • You have to be nominated by a Microsoft Employee or current MVP for a specific area someone feels you have done well in contributing for. MVP isn't a certification you can simply take an exam for, it is something you're given to by your peers.
    Stephen Charles Rea [MCT] askthemct.com
    • Proposed as answer by .revEditor Sunday, June 08, 2008 9:40 AM
    • Marked as answer by .revEditor Wednesday, June 18, 2008 10:01 PM
    Sunday, June 08, 2008 9:40 AM
  • Here for one. You can also start blogging about a particular product, start speaking at engagements,author a book, etc. Then wait to see if anyone notices I guess. I will say this though. If you  set out for the purpose of becoming an MVP odds are it may not happen.

    Stephen Charles Rea [MCT] askthemct.com
    • Marked as answer by .revEditor Wednesday, June 18, 2008 10:01 PM
    Monday, June 09, 2008 11:06 AM
  •  (You can also start blogging about a particular product, start speaking at engagements,author a book.)


    I am an Asp.net MVP all of the above may help but to get to Asp.net MVP you need to be online answering complex questions from users doing things Microsoft did not cover.  And in the .NET langauges and SQL Server BI being an expert in some complex sub section can get you to MVP quickly.

    The rule of thumb to get to MVP answer at least 2500 questions online with very high correct answer rate in one year period.


    An Elliptic curve is modular ~ Taniyama and Shimura
    • Marked as answer by .revEditor Wednesday, June 18, 2008 10:01 PM
    Wednesday, June 11, 2008 3:40 PM

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  • You have to be nominated by a Microsoft Employee or current MVP for a specific area someone feels you have done well in contributing for. MVP isn't a certification you can simply take an exam for, it is something you're given to by your peers.
    Stephen Charles Rea [MCT] askthemct.com
    • Proposed as answer by .revEditor Sunday, June 08, 2008 9:40 AM
    • Marked as answer by .revEditor Wednesday, June 18, 2008 10:01 PM
    Sunday, June 08, 2008 9:40 AM
  • Then, Isn't it necessary to have Microsoft certifications to become a MVP??? Where can I contribute??

    Monday, June 09, 2008 5:29 AM
  • Here for one. You can also start blogging about a particular product, start speaking at engagements,author a book, etc. Then wait to see if anyone notices I guess. I will say this though. If you  set out for the purpose of becoming an MVP odds are it may not happen.

    Stephen Charles Rea [MCT] askthemct.com
    • Marked as answer by .revEditor Wednesday, June 18, 2008 10:01 PM
    Monday, June 09, 2008 11:06 AM
  •  (You can also start blogging about a particular product, start speaking at engagements,author a book.)


    I am an Asp.net MVP all of the above may help but to get to Asp.net MVP you need to be online answering complex questions from users doing things Microsoft did not cover.  And in the .NET langauges and SQL Server BI being an expert in some complex sub section can get you to MVP quickly.

    The rule of thumb to get to MVP answer at least 2500 questions online with very high correct answer rate in one year period.


    An Elliptic curve is modular ~ Taniyama and Shimura
    • Marked as answer by .revEditor Wednesday, June 18, 2008 10:01 PM
    Wednesday, June 11, 2008 3:40 PM
  • Caddre said:

    The rule of thumb to get to MVP answer at least 2500 questions online with very high correct answer rate in one year period.


    An Elliptic curve is modular ~ Taniyama and Shimura



    Hi Caddre,
    with reference to you above post, I would like to ask you do they see one particular profile in one forum only?
    What I mean to say is that I could post answers to 5000 questions but out of those 5000, 1000 could be in codeguru, 2000 in codeproject and 2000 in msdn..
    How would they identify?

    So does that mean that specific to one forum, they keep an eye on one particular user and if they find him posting good answers in that particular forum then they give him the MVP award?
    Friday, June 13, 2008 9:53 AM
  • I don't know about Code Project but I know the person who runs Code Guru the postings there count but it helps if you write VC++ because at least ten or more VC++ MVP are just Code Guru users.  If you have very good 5000 VC++ postings online in one year let me know I can get you in touch with the people wh can help you.

     
    An Elliptic curve is modular ~ Taniyama and Shimura
    Friday, June 13, 2008 12:08 PM
  • ‘How do I become an MVP?’ is one question which keeps ringing in most of our minds. Well, I must agree that the awareness of the MVP program is less among the tech folks. Let me start explaning.. The thoughts which are mentioned in this article are just my understandings about the program, being an MVP for a couple of years!

    First of all, Most Valuable Professional (MVP) is not a certification., Its an Award! – Its a mode of recognition which Microsoft gives for individuals who are technology experts and most importantly, who play a role and are keen in sharing their expertise with the Community. So if your question is, “I have completed my MCTS or MCAD.. what are the next steps towards being a MVP?” – You must re-think on your question.!

    This article briefs up on the Microsoft MVP Program and how to be an MVP. It also speaks on the various types of knowledge sharing activities and the benefits you get being one! Read this Entire Article

    http://www.msigeek.com/4492/how-to-become-a-microsoft-mvp-most-valuable-professional

    Lemme know your comments and Thoughts. We can also start a discussion on this!

    Cheers'
    Vijay | msigeek.com


    MVP
    Sunday, May 23, 2010 3:15 PM
  • Please tell me, to become a MVP, do I need to focus on a single technology? If I focus on 2, do I get disqualified or something?
    Cornel Croitoriu - Senior Software Developer & Entrepreneur

    CWS SoftwareBiz-Forward.comCroitoriu.NET

    Friday, February 18, 2011 9:46 PM
  • No you don't need to focus on one single technology. You don't get disqualified.

    You can nominate yourslef to become a MVP. You just need to send an email to  mvpga@microsoft.com with online / offline relevant activities you did during the last year. It can be on newsgroups, forums, blogs, books, websites, presentations etc. 

    Miguel Ângelo Saragoça Soares

     

    Saturday, March 05, 2011 6:14 PM
  • Hello Nasayoo,

    I believe you a referring to becoming Microsoft Certified. Please check out this site http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/cert-overview.aspx for possible certifications.

    Wednesday, June 08, 2011 6:21 PM
  • are there any MVPs who are instructors on MSFT technologies in house?
    Sunday, August 07, 2011 5:12 AM
  • You can find MVP FAQ in the http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/cert-overview.aspx URL.

    Thanks and Regards,

    Prakash T

     

    Monday, August 29, 2011 8:48 AM
  • Actually the MVP FAQ is here http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/gp/mvpbecoming and not at the link the previous poster supplied.

    Please NOTE THE FOLLOWING!!!!!!!

    1. The MVP is NOT a certification .. it is an award

    2. It is awarded yearly based on your past years contribution

    3. It is voluntary

    4. There is NO exam for this as see point 1.


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    Tuesday, August 30, 2011 7:43 PM
  • Hi All,

    I agree that MVP is not the Exam and award given by Microsoft for contribution of Online works.

    I have been a good user of doing this and sent an email to  mvpga@microsoft.com but I didn't get any updates. Could I know how to do the follow up.

    Cheers

    Dinesh


    Dinesh Pulugundla, Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist.

    Wednesday, August 22, 2012 7:40 AM
  • Hi All,

    I agree that MVP is not the Exam and award given by Microsoft for contribution of Online works.

    I have been a good user of doing this and sent an email to  mvpga@microsoft.com but I didn't get any updates. Could I know how to do the follow up.

    Cheers

    Dinesh


    Dinesh Pulugundla, Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist.

    This is not correct.  Contributing to the Microsoft online community does play a part in being nominated/awarded MVP.

    You cannot nominate yourself for the MVP award.  Only Microsoft employees and existing MVP's can nominate someone for the award.


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    Wednesday, August 22, 2012 10:38 AM
  • Actually you can nominate yourself.. http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/gp/mvpnominate but most people dont ..

    Anyone can nominate another to become an MVP however most nominations from existing MVPs or MS employees.

    It is up to the individual product groups how many MVPs they have etc. So for example SQL, SharePoint and ASP.NET/IIS all have a large number of MVPs where as there are less in some of the more specialised ones. 

    MVPs are awarded on different rotations which are in quarters and awardees are notified on the 1st of Jan, April, July and October. So if you apply it could be 3 months before you get a request for information from an MVP lead. Again depends on the product group etc..



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    Wednesday, August 22, 2012 11:03 AM
  • That didn't exist when I was a MVP.  Are they not getting enough nominations each year :-)

    I can’t see the logic behind letting people nominate themselves as all that would result in is a flood of emails from people who have no idea about the program and believe they should be one because they’ve answered a couple of questions on the forums.  IMOA, if a MS Employee or existing MVP hasn’t recognised and nominated someone, there’s a fair chance the person nominating themselves hasn’t contributed as much as they think they have.


    When you see answers and helpful posts, please click Vote As Helpful, Propose As Answer, and/or Mark As Answer

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    Wednesday, August 22, 2012 11:35 AM