For many people around the world, 2016 was a weird year, for lack of a better word. For some it was actually a terrible year. Between the refugee crysis, the terrorist attacks, the war in Syria, the political earthquakes in the United Kingdom and the United States, and the death of many famous personalities, a lot has happened and the world is now a different (and probably worse) place that it was one year ago.
But this my technical blog and it is not the place for political debates or discussions about the state of the world, even if these topics are probably much more important than anything else I write here. Looking only at my professional career, 2016 was actually a pretty good year for me:
- I got my first Microsoft MVP Award on January 1st 2016. It is a great honour for me to be recognized as such by Microsoft and to be a part of this extraordinary group of individuals. Because I was not expecting it, receiving the award was a very special moment for me.
- I was a member of the organization teams for two international events that took place in Lisbon: TUGA IT Conference 2016 and SharePoint Saturday Lisbon 2016.
- I was part of the team that delivered a 4-part SharePoint Workshop to MSc students of Universidade Lusófona, in Lisbon.
- I presented a session on a Portuguese Office 365 Community (Office 365 PT) meeting and another one on a Portuguese SharePoint Community (SPUG PT) meeting.
- I recorded a How-To Video for the European SharePoint Community.
- I presented a session at TUGA IT Conference 2016, in Lisbon.
- I presented two sessions at Microsoft Portugal’s SharePoint 2016 launch event.
- I presented a session at Collab365 Global Conference 2016, an online event.
- I presented a session at the European SharePoint Conference 2016, in Vienna.
- I attended the MVP Open Day, in Rome, and the MVP Summit, in Seattle.
- I accepted a new position at everis Portugal, in September.
- I participated in a few cool projects, both locally and abroad.
And now 2017 has arrived, starting great with the MVP Award renewal email I have just received. It makes me really happy to be recognized for my contributions to the community and I just hope I can continue giving back and helping people get the most out of SharePoint and Office 365. Thank you Microsoft and thank you SharePointers for all the support.