On 11th -12th days of February I was able to participate in Baltic MVP Summit which took place at Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija in Riga, Latvia. Me excluded, there also were 3 more MVPs from Lithuania, 3 MVPs from Latvia and 5 MVPs from Estonia. There also were couple of DPEs and Alessandro Teglia, CEE MVP Lead, himself.
At the first day of the summit, we started with little introduction. Each of us named our MVP expertise, things we are doing as MVPs and what we expect from this summit. After the launch, we’ve got nice presentation from Alessandro about MVP program. After his presentation, user group presentations took place. I’ve shortly introduced MugIT community/UG which I am one of the two leaders of. Sergėjus Barinovas showed a presentation about another user group in Lithuania that he is running – .NET UG. Estonians talked about the project they have running – Eneta. After a coffee break we had a discussion about GITCA, INETA, UGSS and value of those organizations for user groups. After all official activities for that day were over, we went to restaurant “Garage” where we had really tasty dinner, some wine and lots of chatting about various things.
On the second day, after the breakfast we had an open discussion. It was mainly about social networks and the ways to promote our user groups and share the content. For the next discussion that was planned after the launch, we decided to talked about speakers exchange between Baltic countries. We also talked about organizing live user group meetings and shared ideas for contests we could organize.
After the discussion there was the final part of the summit: each of us answered what were the best things we’ve got from the summit, what we would like to change in next year’s Baltic MVP Summit, and what we are promising to do after the summit (like sharing the photos, blog about it, do more MVP activities and so on).
Personally, I liked the event very much. Although it was a little short (1.5 day only) I liked to communicate with fellow MVPs from another Baltic countries and find out what are they doing as MVPs in their countries. There also were some technical things, mostly related to social media, that I’ve learned through this summit. So, this summit was really good expierence for me, especially when I’m not going to participate in the global MVP Summit .