They’ve got SQL smarts and the certification to prove it. But do they have what it takes to be the next Microsoft employee?Watch the challenges unfold on our website beginning July 24, 2012: http://aka.ms/bethenext
On the "Be the Next Microsoft Employee" show, we talked a great deal about how to engage you, dear reader, in the process. We're trying to show two things:
I think we've done that. There were a LOT of unknowns within this event, and that's always exciting and fun. We never expected how close the competitors would be, that each would win a challenge (not planned or scripted that way), or that it would be as hard as it was to select a final winner. We did want you to watch, and be involved. So we decided to create a Play@Home challenge - something that would allow you to engage with the contest, and win real prizes.
So what should this contest look like? I thought about creating more of the SQL Server challenges that you could run and respond with the correct answer. But how would I simulate the time, the pressure and more? Also, how could I ensure the contest is fair from the standpoint of the right versions, editions, and so on? How could I have you "present" to us?
So we decided - we won't. Rather than give you a technical challenge, we asked you to send one to us. Each week, I gave you a challenge based on the ones the contestants took. I asked you to show me how you would test for a specific skill or HR trait.
And you responded. We got some AMAZING submissions. It's clear you thought this through, put in some time, and did a lot of work. Congrats to you all! I hope the attempt - even if you didn't win - made you learn a little more. In fact, I hope this entire experience helped you learn a little more.
But some of you went above and beyond. You submitted some really over-the-top responses, and so we awarded you a prize. Lots of free e-books, which gave you an even bigger chance to learn. But in the end, one person did a little better than anyone else. His stuff was really well done, submitted, complete, and thorough, right from the start. Even so, just like in the show contest, it was a tough choice. Everyone did such a great job, but the attributes I mentioned put this individual at the top.
And the winner is....
OK, just kidding. I knew you would jump down and not read all that stuff I wrote that I really put a lot of time in, and just look for the winner. The *real* winner is.... Ryan Roper! Fantastic Job! Awesome!
So what did he win? Just some congrats? A warm fuzzy feeling? No! He won a LAPTOP. A brand new one, and not too shabby at all. It's an HP Folio - thin, sleek and fast. (completely opposite of me)
Congrats again. Great work.
Wow, I don't really know what to say other than thank you. Thanks to you and to all the people who put on the show and the Play @ Home Challenge. I put in a lot of work but it was also a lot of fun and I enjoyed it.
I hope everyone else had a good a time as I did.
You earned it indeed. I think you'll like your new computer... :)
Great job RyanRoper!
Great job Ryan. I can truly say you won fair and you deserve the prize, though I was sure I was going to win.
@Buck I'm looking forward to using it for development on the go! I'm really excited to get my hands on it and start studying for some more certs!
@Everyone else: Thanks! Thank you for the competition and giving me a reason to try even harder!