The Springboard Series Technical Expert Panel (STEP) Program has been created to build community and advocacy for a Windows 7 launch “by the community, for the community.” In an effort to drive global awareness and value of Windows 7 through Springboard Series, Microsoft has created a program that will expand reach beyond typically-attended Microsoft events like Tech-Ed by activating top IT Pro community influencers within the Microsoft, MVP, and MCT communities. This program will allow them to deliver content across the globe via the advanced technical knowledge from this select “virtual” team of IT pro experts. It is designed to offer IT Pros community-created instructional tools and resources for further learning of Windows Client products and to help build a pool of highly recognized influencer evangelists toward the strategy of ensuring that Windows 7 is launched “for the community, by the community”.
Some of the benefits of being a STEP member include Speaking opportunities at Tier 1 events – Tier 1 event speaking opportunities. You get resources to facilitate local events in your area as an “extension of” Springboard Series – event resources to facilitate local events. You also get Technical training content and materials (how-to videos, webcasts, etc) on Windows 7 and Windows Client resources and products.
Well, I have got an opportunity to do few sessions as a part of the Springboard Program. Some of my articles have been skimmed, watched, appreciated and even promoted by the Springboard Team (both on Twitter and through Newsletter). Recently, i was also featured as the Community expert on the Springboard Series website. , and of-course i got tons of learnings.!
STEP members represent some of the top Windows IT experts, user group leaders, and evangelists in the world, they enable Microsoft to deliver quality live and virtual Windows events for IT professionals with greater frequency and quality than before.
Want to become a STEP member? – Check this link for more information and to understand the prerequisites for the same!