Saturday, March 10, 2007

Hugo Ortega is off to Redmond

Tonight I can hardly sleep – although my body is screaming for me to hit the sack! Tomorrow I am heading to the International Terminal and borading a United Airlines plane bound for the mothership…Redmond. I’m sure most of you are aware that Redmond, Seattle, USA, is the homeland of Microsoft Corporation. I am extremley excited as I will have back-to-back meetings and conferences with the Tablet PC Team and many more.

The reason for my visit is to attend the Microsoft MVP Summit. This event is designed to bring together the dudes making the cogs turn, globally, on a non-renumerated basis. Well, they might be paid by there own means but these are the guys that are not employed in any way, shape or form by Microsoft Proper. As you know I became an MVP late last year so it is truly exciting to be getting on that plane, especially when you consider that the event is held every 18-months, and Bill Gates won't be around for the next one.

Have I ever been to Seattle? Yes. I was there in 1993 representing Australia in Basketball. We played 20 games over 22 days, and got our butts very kicked a long the way. :-) Have I ever been to the Microsoft Campus? No. I have never been and to be honest up until 2005 I didn’t even know it existed. What I liken the feeling to is that level of anticipation and aspiration that I felt the first time I went to Disney Land - as a 9 year old. The reason it feels similar is that the shear thought of visiting the heart of the mity empire named Microsoft also congers feelings of bliss, happiness, joy, excitement and definitley awakens the inner-geek in me.

So from me to you I wish you the best this year and hope that the journeys I go on somehow also empower you. I know that I am a little behind on Vlogs but it is just an inevitable result of the amount of growth I am going through right now. Ideally I will be sitting with several key players in the Tablet space and beyond. If I get the chance I will Vlog in some shape or form. If I don’t I will surely post photos and thoughts.

Till then…take care! BTW, Tuesday morning I have a 2hr sessions with Bill Gates, including audience Question and Answer. OMG! What should I ask him?


Anonymous said...

Good luck Hugo,
I want your job man !
Ask Bill if he likes Vegemite - this is a question from my son.

Elo said...

Sounds Great Hugo!

Have fun at Redmond and keep us updated on what you find interesting in the Microsoft capital.

In the meantime, I wanted to let you know how much I love the Toshiba R400 you sent me. It is already central in my work. There are many things I could say on how it has improved my work life and how I am implementing the tablet into research.

Hugo Ortega said...

Hi Louis!

My job...LOL, Rock Star status is blessed upon a lucky few. *smiles*

Tell your son I'll give it a shot, but if I get censored along the way I might only get to "hi Bill" LOL



THis is so great! I am a big fan of the R400 and the fact that you have one is very cool. The reason I like you having one is becasue I know you've tracked this blog for some time, and I have also tracked your commitment to the Tablet space. Put the two together and I think we're slowly making little Hugo ortega clones. *smiles*

I am at the Airport now so stay tuned for more updates...

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