First things first, what is a Microsoft MVP?
According to the description in the Official Microsoft MVP site, “Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals, or MVPs, are technology experts who passionately share their knowledge with the community. They are always on the “bleeding edge” and have an unstoppable urge to get their hands on new, exciting technologies. They have profound knowledge of Microsoft products and services while also being able to bring together diverse platforms, products, and solutions, to solve real-world problems. MVPs make up a global community of over 4,000 technical experts and community leaders across 90 countries/regions driven by their passion, community spirit, and their quest for knowledge. Above all and in addition to their amazing technical abilities, MVPs are always willing to help others that’s what sets them apart.”
There are a lot of good material available on how to become an MVP, but I’d recommend watching this movie: https://channel9.msdn.com/events/Seth-on-the-Road/That-Conference-2016/How-to-Become-a-Microsoft-MVP
So, truly, MVPs are professionals committed to sharing knowledge within the technical community, and they’re in the field, making a difference with the product of his/her expertise.
There isn’t a single formula that everyone can use to become an MVP; there are some MVPs that love to be a speaker in events, others that share knowledge through coding sessions, GitHub repositories, blog posts and so on. The key factor is not how you do it, but rather the reach you’d have.
I don’t think that being recognized as an MVP should be the goal of any professional. I’d instead think of it as a result/consequence of a well-done job.
To become an MVP, sharing knowledge should be in your veins. And it would help if you did it without expecting anything in return but affect people by your work. When that becomes part of your routine, things will happen naturally.
There are some excellent perks of being MVP as well:
- You can attend to the yearly MVP Global Summit, in Microsoft Headquarters: https://talentoso.pro/insights/conferences/mvp-summit-2019/
- Licenses for Microsoft products
And much more.
So, should you meet all of the requirements to be an MVP, a Microsoft FTE (Full Time Employee) or an active MVP must submit an application on your behalf and then your application will be carefully reviewed by Microsoft. If you meet the criteria, you will be awarded as an MVP in the next cycle (every 1st day of each month).
For more information, please check the following link https://mvp.microsoft.com/en-US/Nomination/nominate-an-mvp.
After being awarded, one would have one year to keep making an impact within the technical community and then will be reviewed again to keep one’s MVP status.