Thanks Xamarin!

Nothing that made my day today but getting an email from Xamarin, offering me a free license of both Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Android Business Edition worth $1,800!

It’s all started when a friend told me about Xamarin gift for Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVP) on this blog post. I tried to request the access but keep my hope low since I’m kinda late knowing it. The offer ended at the end of February, while my request is sent on March. Three weeks passed by, suddenly got an email from Xamarin COO, Joseph Hill, told me that I and few other stragglers made him guilty enough to take care of the requests.

One hour later, an email came containing instruction to download the product. Now, I’m installing it and will soon starting to play around with it. Will share to you how it goes.

Again, huge thanks to Xamarin for this great community support.

MVP – 5 Years in A Row

Actually this post should be posted on July 1, when I got an email told me that my Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award got renewed. I can’t be more than happy than that, 5 years in a row. Thanks for that, Microsoft!

For you who are unfamiliar with what MVP is, it’s basically an award for developers or IT pros who contribute their technical expertise of Microsoft’s technologies to community. “Community” is the keyword here. There’re many smart, talented, and skilled developers or IT pros out there, but not all of them want to contribute to the community.

What’s my contribution you may ask? Well, I’m arguably one of influencer of mobile apps industry in Indonesia. I influence many developers to jump into mobile apps development and business, including Windows Phone-related, the one that Microsoft owns. I delivered more than 5 speakings related to Windows Phone, last year alone. Although not much blogging last year, but I think speaking contribution is much more engaging.

As part of MVP award, you’ll get an MVP kit. Here’s what’ inside the box: