Wilson Kutegeka first received the MVP Award in 2008

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physics and a post-graduate diploma in computer science from Makerere University, and was a high school teacher of Physics and Mathematics before he became a developer.

MVP MapMicrosoft’s MVP award recognises professionals across the world who freely share their deep knowledge, real-world experience, and impartial, objective feedback to help people enhance the way they use technology. According to Microsoft, MVPs make exceptional contributions to technical communities, sharing their passion, knowledge, and know-how.

“MVPs are recognized and awarded for their exceptional commitment to helping us improve our products and helping people around the world make the most of their Microsoft technology,” says Corey Artherholt Microsoft’s Marketing, Events and Program Manager for Community & Online Support.

Of more than 100 million users who participate in technology communities, around 4,000 from over 90 countries are recognized as Microsoft MVPs.

Opportunity to interact with Microsoft’s Developers

Although the Award does not carry a very significant cash prize, winners are also entitled to the latest free Microsoft software and books, as well as an all-expences-paid trip to Washington DC for the Prize-giving ceremony.

Kutegeka explains that what he likes most about the award is the opportunity to interact with “geeks from Microsoft” that develop the software we use in our daily activities.

“It’s so nice to be a Microsoft MVP. [Most] importantly, the interaction you get with Microsoft geeks who write the code for software we use everyday is incredible,” says Kutegeka.

Kutegeka explains that he received the award because he was active in a technical discussion forum for Microsoft news groups.

How does someone become a Microsoft MVP?

The MVP Award recognizes exceptional technical community leaders from around the world who voluntarily share their deep, real-world knowledge about Microsoft technologies with others. MVPs make exceptional contributions to technical communities, sharing their passion, knowledge, and know-how.  In total, Microsoft MVPs answer more than 10 million questions each year.  Potential MVPs are nominated by other technical community members, current and former MVPs, and Microsoft personnel who have noted their leadership and their willingness and ability to help others make the most of their Microsoft technology.