Jonas Stawski of ASPSOFT, a Florida .NET User group member and frequent speaker here in South Florida and around the state has achieved MVP status. You can visit his  MVP profile at: https://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile=33106AC4-A2ED-4C02-B44A-CEAC9312FA10

I took the opportunity last night to present him with an official set of "MVP Speakers" he can hook up to his laptop!

Congratulations Jonas!

This brings up the subject of MVP (Most Valuable Professional)... in recent months a number of people have asked, "How do  I become an MVP?". There is not cut and dry answer.

Historically the MVP program (visit http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/ for more info) was almost exclusively driven by participation in news groups. Sharing your expertise by answering questions on the public microsoft news groups was what made you visible. A few years ago the program opened up a little bit to include offline activities such as public presentations, writing books, running user groups and related activities. As one executive from Microsoft put it... "We are looking for publishers of information".

So a good way to start is to speak at your local code camp and user group and get involved in the local technical community through user groups or get online and start participating daily providing substantial answers to questions in news groups (http://www.microsoft.com/communities/newsgroups/default.mspx).

In the end you have to be nominated by someone at Microsoft plus your online and offline presence and nominations from other MVP will all be evaluated.

Quoting in from an email from Joe Healy (http://www.devfish.net ), our Developer Evangilist out of Tampa talking to a person who had approached me about becomming an MVP:

"Becoming an MVP isn’t easy.  There’s a couple things we look for.  First, are you a leader or key speaker in the facetime community.  Second, are you connected to a particular technical specialty.  Thirdly, are you a recognized expert in that specialty.  Finally, how much have you contributed into it, aka forum posts, blogs, et cetera.

 

Let me know if there are any questions, but speaking at a user group is a great first step to becoming an MVP. It is a long road to get there however."

 Hope this helps a little!