A software engineer from Flagship Group has won one of Microsoft’s exclusive ‘most valuable professional’ (MVP) awards for developer technologies in recognition of his exceptional technical community leadership.
Flagship’s Chris Sainty won the award based on his work on Microsoft’s Blazor product. He became interested in the product when it was a prototype and has been blogging about it for the last 18 months.
The MVP award is given by Microsoft to “technology experts who passionately share their knowledge with the community”. The scheme has been around for 20 years and is extremely exclusive; there are only around 2,500 MVPs worldwide, with just 153 in the UK.
Sainty said, “I’m delighted to have won this award, although I still can’t quite believe it; it’s akin to signing for a football team like Real Madrid in the software world. From a professional perspective at Flagship, I hope having an MVP will help us attract more like-minded people who are passionate about technology and inspire others to work towards the award.”
As well as blogging, Sainty has also created several software libraries for use with Blazor and acts as a community expert for software engineers who are getting started by providing support in chat rooms (incl. StackOverflow) and on social media. Just recently, he was also asked to give a podcast and talk at a software development event in Cambridge.
Matt Brazier, director of IT, Flagship Group, said, “We’re thrilled to see Chris getting this recognition from Microsoft. Having such expertise in-house is a major benefit to Flagship and winning this award is a huge endorsement for Chris – we are very proud of everything that he has achieved.”