Mvps Cg 2018

How do you become an MVP?

And what makes it so great?

What is an Umbraco MVP?

Every year we honor the hardworking pillars of the Umbraco community - known as MVPs - or Most Valuable People.

We are humbled by the amount of work that is being put into the project be it on:

  • the forum
  • pull-requests
  • packages
  • festivals
  • meetups

and whatever this wonderful bunch of people gets up to.

Here's how it works...

When nomination time comes around (a few months before Codegarden), an application form goes out for community members to nominate others - or themselves - to the MVP title.

The selection of New and Renewed MVPs is based on the activity of the applicant/nominee during the 12 months leading up to Codegarden. This translates into being friendly in the forum, making incredible and highly useful packages, submitting pull-requests, starting a new initiative that helps the existing community members as well as newcomers, and whatever this wonderful bunch of people gets up to.  As part of the selection process, the current MVPs conduct a first-round review where they share their experience interacting with the nominees. 

The selection favours quality over quantity, and the Umbraco contribution code of conduct and values are at the centre of this process.

You can read the MVP Agreement here

Why put in so much effort to become an MVP?

MVPs represent the best of the community which is one of the main building blocks in what makes the foundation of the Umbraco project. The MVP award is a testament to the efforts and dedication of the main community contributors who embody the values of Umbraco and love sharing knowledge and giving back. The award is a big H5YR that shows our appreciation and which gives the MVPs the opportunity to share their badges with the world.   

Becoming MVP for the very first time gets you:

  • Free access to Codegarden the same year you are awarded the MVP status. We do our best to make that specific Codegarden memorable for you as a new MVP. We announce you to the world on stage during the keynote and we capture the moment in a group picture.  
  • You will not leave empty-handed. A beautiful statuette is given during the announcement.
  • There is actually more … The MVPs, new or renewed, get on the candidate list of people being invited to the Retreat which takes place the weekend before Codegarden.
  • Shiny nice badges are also added to all the MVP's profiles on Our.
  • We also share a digital badge the MVPs can use in their email signatures or websites.
  • Access to HQ working facilities - Umbraco HQ can open its doors for the MVPs to use its facilities to work and connect with the teams.
  • Support of advocacy initiatives - Aid for payment of travel expenses to do a talk or workshop covering Umbraco at a conference or meetup. The approval of the expenses depends on the topic covered, location and size of the event, as well as the budget allocated by Umbraco HQ. 
  • And last but not least, a free cloud project for all MVPs for personal or community-related projects.    

More details about these can be found in the MVP Agreement.

The Lifetime MVP

The Lifetime Umbraco MVP title was awarded twice. An honorary title which was given as a recognition of the continuous outstanding contributions to the Umbraco community. Due to the nature of the award, this is exceptional. 

Renewing your MVP status

 

The MVP award is valid for only one year, but we want to recognise those who continue to be active and contribute to Umbraco and the friendly community. 

Therefore, community members can nominate current MVPs for the renewal of their title, or for current MVPs to apply for a renewal (which we highly encourage).  

Just like with new MVPs, MVP renewal is based on the activity of the applicant/nominee during the 12 months leading up to Codegarden with the same selection criteria.

 

Benefits of the renewed MVP status

We do it slightly different from the new MVP, but the love and recognition are still there:

  • Although renewed MVPs don’t get to step on stage during the opening keynote, we still shout out about them in the MVP blog post.
  • They also make it to the shortlist for the Retreat invite.
  • The MVP badges on Our are updated to show the number of times they were awarded the MVP status.
  • We also share a digital badge the MVPs can use in their email signatures or websites.
  • Access to HQ working facilities - Umbraco HQ can open its doors for the MVPs to use its facilities to work and connect with the teams.
  • Support of advocacy initiatives - Aid for payment of travel expenses to do a talk or workshop covering Umbraco at a conference or meetup. The approval of the expenses depends on the topic covered, location, and size of the event, as well as the budget allocated by Umbraco HQ. 
  • And last but not least, a free cloud project for all MVPs for personal or community-related projects.