Archive for December, 2008

Visiting US under Visa Waiver Program

On January 12th, 2009 the United States of America introduced the new ESTA – Electronic System for Travel Authorization that contemplates (and obliges) to register online receiving a preventive authorization for travelling to the US. Information requested are almost the same that are requested, during travel, using the I-94W Form (the little green card you get on plane).

Every passenger needs to:

  • Fill in his/her own questionnaire (for couples travelling together, they both need to do the procedure);
  • Provide an e-mail address where to receive the confirmation and a phone number;
  • It is suggested to do it in advance, when you already have the travel plan, and within 72 hours before the trip;
  • During registration, you need to have: Passport, complete travel plan and hotel name and addresses where you’ll be staying

This procedure is mandatory to travel but it really takes a few minutes to fill in. You’ll then receive a confirmation e-mail within few moments.

So, if you plan to go to the US, don’t forget to register here !

Link to: ESTA


The Microsoft MVP Award Program Blog

This is for the community guys, ITPro/IW and Dev enthusiasts out there:

We are happy to announce the first MVP Award Program Blog !!


The aim is to leverage all the MVP content, throughout the world, raise the MVP Profiles and also share some of the fantastic achievements the Most Valuable Professionals will do in all the different Communities and User Groups and Newsgroups and Forums and so forth !

Stay tuned for more community inputs and enjoy the blog ! :)

Link to: The Microsoft MVP Award Program Blog : Welcome!


TechDays 2008 – Epilogue

And yet another great event is over..

We have been doing this event for about 4 years and, as the MVP Community evolved, we really made great steps. The steps I’m talking about are not only about us, doing the Ask The Expert and the MVP Interactive Panel with 13 MVPs as speakers and 8 as active participants, but I’m also talking about the event organization: the TechDays/WPC 2008

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Around 400 participants had the opportunity to see many professional ITPros and Developers, on a 3 days event, covering 70 sessions over 14 tracks (from Architecture to Data Platform to Business Intelligence and so forth).

It was about meeting people: the talks and the discussions, mingling together with the same passion to share. Absolutely amazing !

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The guest speakers made clearly a difference (David Chappell with his speech on Cloud Computing was simply brilliant!) but I can’t mention all the positive feedback I received from the attendees talking about all the other speeches.

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Every time it’s a privilege for me to represent these exceptional community leaders, as we are not talking about mere skills, we are talking about dealing with people that really has a great passion to share, open minded and available to participate to meet other people hungry for knowledge.


I recall a guy telling me: “For me, solving a technical problem for which an IT department/a developer is stuck for days/months with just a face-to-face chat, really pays my day”. And this is exactly what fosters these people (as I said) I have the honor to represent…


I have a lot of special thanks but please let me do just one to Giorgio Garcia-Agreda and Anna Cometti who made the “MVP Experience” so special… !