Joel Oleson Awarded MVP – 10 years of Community Building in Pictures

I’m humbled and excited to be recognized by Microsoft as an MVP for Office Apps and Services.  It’s been about 11 years since I left Microsoft back in March 2008, and started my journey to connect to IT communities in every country in the world. 


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10 years later, and over 100 speaking engagements, and 100 communities later…


Here are a few of the highlights…

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It started with Jordan… my first community visit after Microsoft


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SharePoint in London and on the battlefields of Gettysburg


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Many Many Share-Point I Mean SharePints later


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From Bethlehem

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To 3x in Lima Peru

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Many Share-A-Okes!

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You wouldn’t believe the LadyGaga SharePoint Outing in Sweden

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SharePoint Bermuda…. Speaker shorts required

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SharePoint Saturday Jamaica!  They said it wasn’t possible!

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Sharing the Point in Vietnam in 2011

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SharePoint Singapore x4 including User Group, SPS, and TechEd South East Asia x3 (man I miss that event)

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SharePoint Malta

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SharePoint Amsterdam x3

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SharePoint in Czech


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SharePoint Sweden (SEF!) x 3 + ESPC

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Trinidad and Dominican Republic

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SharePoint in Morocco

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SharePoint in Slovenia (Thrive) x8


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Getting interviewed in Berlin by Michael Greth… about 8 years ago.  5+ trips to Germany for the community.

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Including a European SharePoint Conference where we saw the 20 year anniversary of the Wall topple!

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SharePoint in Iceland!

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More than a few SharePoint Limos.  (Many photos not included to protect the innocent Smile)

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SharePoint Manilla

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They said it wasn’t possible to do a SharePoint event in Georgia

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SharePoint Bangladesh… Thanks MJ!

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Ecuador

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and of course one of my favorites… Chile x2  and Costa Rica x4 with Ricardo and Crew

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The Latin American SharePoint Community is still very strong

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Guyana, Colombia, Mexico, El Salvador

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And many trips down with Share The Point Under to Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Signapore… Thanks Debbie!

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75 signed up in Yeravan Armenia…. but 125 showed up!!

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We made it happen in Bolivia

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and in Venezuela

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From Nigeria

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To Ghana

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And Nairobi

SharePoint in Antarctica

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The bottom of the world

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Arab community

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To Tunisia

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So many fun crazy times at SPC

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and Brazil

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and Pakistan

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and Egypt

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Bulgaria

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SharePoint in Full Robes in UAE Dubai

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SharePoint has definitely made the rounds in the middle east

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Central Asia Tour in Uzbekistan

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Azerbaijan

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And in Kurdish Iraq!

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Sri Lanka

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SharePoint Saturday Algeria

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On the Top of Africa –  Kilimonjaro

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To the Bottom of the world – Yes that is Dan Holme… I took this shot Smile

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Many Late nights

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Hanging out with fun people who make big impressions…

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Who are these young pups?

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To the ends…

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Ukraine and Russia… it’s more fun with friends…

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The Russian Speaking community is fantastic!

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Across deserts and mountains

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SPS Cuba (previously forbidden places)

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Building relationships in the Persian community and then not getting allowed to see them was tough, but I’m happy to say Persian language packs in SharePoint 2010 on have a small contribution in part to my relationship with an MVP who’s business is in Dubai that I met 10 years ago.  Thanks Neo!


Thanks much to the whole community, with special mention to those who left a whole in my heart…

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I miss you!  Dave, John, Abir, and Patrick

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Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays!  Happy New Year!  Thanks to the community… it’s been a lot of fun these past 10 years!


Thanks to those that believed in me and made it enjoyable.  I really love our community…  I hope you can see that.  The recognition has always been just a bonus, but it does mean a lot.  It’s been a lot easier to find people when they’ve been recognized by Microsoft. Community does change lives.


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Joel Oleson

SharePoint and Office 365 MVP Office Apps and Services + RD and Former Microsoft Product Manager at Microsoft and original Architect of the first version of SharePoint Online... Joel is a Technology Evangelist who loves to travel. He lives in Oceanside California. Currently a Free Agent... find me on linked in. He frequently Speaks at conferences, delivers webinars, and helps customers with their strategy and adoption.

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