Last Tuesday (July 14th, 2009) was the 2nd Annual Most Valuable Member Event for the Inland Empire .NET User’s Group. The first MVM event was a great success, and I wanted this time around to be just as, if not more, spectacular. I’d like to say it was, and boy howdy.
The sponsors really came through with tons of prizes. Riverside Medical Clinic allowed us to use both the conference room and classrooms – the conference room for the meeting, the classroom for serving the food. My cunados, Ricki and Mauricio prepared authentic Salvadoran food - pupusas, chilaquiles, chiles rellenos y arroz - which was sponsored by Patrick Conway at TekSystems.
William played his guitar during the breaks, and there was tons of conversation, laughter, geekiness and all out fun. Efren Toscano and Josh Highland of TechZulu were there to video tape the event. Wm. Marc Salsberry was taking tons of pictures (in that fantastic way he does).
And, there were four special guests presenting. Volkan Uzun on ReSharper, Dustin Davis on Red Gate ANTS Profiler, David Jung on User Interface testing with Visual Studio 2010, and the lovely and fetching Lynn Langit, gave an update on what is going on with SmartCare in Zambia.
Everyone won prizes, and went home with giant bags of swag. Carmina and I were up till after midnight the night before preparing everything.
Up late packing the swag
Inside the MVM backpack
So after a fun evening of geeking out and eating great food, it was time to announce the winners.
MVM Second Runner Up with 8,360 points - Dennis Palmer
MVM First Runner Up with 17,980 points - Matt Penner
Most Valuable Member for 2008-2009 with 26,350 points - Volkan Uzun
You may be wondering, so what does it mean to be the Inland Empire .NET User’s Group Most Valuable Member and First and Second Runner’s Up. Here is what they each received.
|Sponsor ||Most Valuable Member ||1st Runner Up ||2nd Runner Up |
|JetBrains ||2 products of choice ||2 products of choice ||2 products of choice |
|Developer Express ||Dxperience Enterprise ||Dxperience ASP or Winforms ||CodeRush/Refactor |
|TechSmith ||Camtasia Studio ||Camtasia Studio ||Camtasia Studio |
|Telerik ||Premium Collection ||Premium Collection ||Premium Collection |
|Infragistics ||NetAdvantage for both .NET and Silverlight ||NetAdvantage for both .NET and Silverlight ||NetAdvantage for both .NET and Silverlight |
|O’Reilly ||Safari 5 book subscription, 10 books of choice ||5 books of choice ||5 books of choice |
|Apress ||7 books of choice ||5 books of choice ||3 books of choice |
|Wrox ||5 books of choice ||3 books of choice ||2 books of choice |
|Pearson ||LiveLesson ||LiveLesson ||LiveLesson |
|InnerWorkings ||Annual Subscription to complete library || || |
|Red Gate ||ANTS Performance Profiler Pro || || |
|Microsoft ||Premium Backpack, Wireless Mouse, Web camera ||Premium Backpack, Wireless Mouse, Web camera ||Premium Backpack, Wireless Mouse, Web camera |
Additional sponsors stepped forward and provided software to raffle off. Telerik provided a copy of their suite of tools. TechSmith donated a copy of Camtasia Studio. Balsamiq Studios provided three copies of Mockup. TimeSnapper provided ten copies of their software. Red Gate sent books, shirts, lanyards. ComponentOne, Telerik, JetBrains, Developer Express, and Apress provided tons of shirts.
Some fun facts
- 44 RSVP’s for the event – a new record
- 58 actual attendees – a new record
- 159 pictures taken
- 10 real live women in attendance – definitely a record
Thanks to all who helped out, who came to see what was what, who participated in collecting points, who provided the TONS of swag, and, who made the evening something to remember.
So, in no particular order…
- Rachel Hawley – Developer Express
- Britt King – JetBrains
- Betsy Weber – TechSmith
- Emily Parker – Telerik
- Patrick Conway - TekSystems
- Kathleen Rader – Infragistics
- Marsee Henon – O’Reilly
- Leonardo Cuellar – Apress
- Ashley Zurcher – Wrox/Wiley
- Eve Turzillo – Component One
- Andrea Bledsoe – Pearson
- Erin Jacobs – Microsoft
- Janine Rood - InnerWorkings
- Annabel Bradford, Sarah Grady, Sofie Westlake – Red Gate Software
- Leon Bambrick and Atli Björgvin Oddsson – TimeSnapper.com
- Peldi Guilizzoni, Mariah Maclachlan, Valerie Liberty – Balsalmiq Studios
- Melisa Castro, Amy Gonzalez, and of course,
- Carmina Johnson
Time to breathe again,