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January 6, 2009

2009 MVP Global Summit

Filed under: Uncategorized — stefangeorgescu @ 11:03 am

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There’s an extraordinary event happening in a matter of a few weeks. It’s the MVP Global Summit 2009 — a celebration about contribution, and value involving communities worldwide.

The upcoming summit, March 1-4, will feature a keynote from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and closing by Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie, in addition to hot-topic sessions, including topics ranging from social media for peer-to-peer support to new developments such as Silverlight mobile to Skydrive. Nearly 1,800 MVPs are planning to attend.

On January 12th, 2009 the United States of America introduced the new ESTA – Electronic System for Travel Authorization that contemplates (and obliges) to register online receiving a preventive authorization for travelling to the US. Information requested are almost the same that are requested, during travel, using the I-94W Form (the little green card you get on plane).

Every passenger needs to:

  • Fill in his/her own questionnaire (for couples travelling together, they both need to do the procedure);
  • Provide an e-mail address where to receive the confirmation and a phone number;
  • It is suggested to do it in advance, when you already have the travel plan, and within 72 hours before the trip;
  • During registration, you need to have: Passport, complete travel plan and hotel name and addresses where you’ll be staying

This procedure is mandatory to travel but it really takes a few minutes to fill in. You’ll then receive a confirmation e-mail within few moments.

So, if you plan to go to the US, don’t forget to register here !

Link to: ESTA

So it looks like an exciting month.  As we go along, we’d love to hear your thoughts and questions around improving the Global Summit experience.  There are always details we miss that are cool to share and many of you who have been to these before have them.  Please them here in your blog feedback and the MVP private summit newsgroup.  Till next time! 



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