MVP Tour

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The following is a list of all entries from the Finland category.

Fabulous in Finland

On behalf of myself, the Gnome, and all of the presenters of the SMBMVPtour, we are all humbled by the outpouring of help and graciousness of the folks that helped to get this part of the European tour organized.  We want to take the time to especially thank some key team members that helped to organize these recent events.

Mikael Nystrom

Mikael Nystrom

Mikael Nystrom was a fantastic host in two Swedish events.

Tero Leskinen

Tero Leskinen

Tero Leskinen from Finland was over the top in his help and support.  Tero even graciously loaned out help from his firm in the form of Antti and Toni.

In addition we’d like to thank Riku Reimaa from Microsoft Finland for his help in getting this event together and for being an excellent host at the Microsoft office (Oy) in Espoo, Finland.   We also had special guests from HP that were from the Finland, Global and Emea teams who took the effort to come to Helsinki and visit with me, the Gnome and interact with the local participants.

It was great to meet folks like Matt Thompson from HP Emea who will be helping with the rest of the European events later this year.

Truly we were blown away by everything that occcured on this Road Show.  Spending days driving in a van might not sound like fun but when you are there with fabulous folks like Caroline Jane Takeuchi, Lucy Ellis and Greg Starks, who have ensured everything ran smoothly and supported Marina Roos, Oliver Sommer and Jeff Middleton (the tour speakers).

A special thanks to the following people….without their help this roadshow would not be possible.

From HP, Greg Starks and Lucy Ellis:
Greg Starks

Greg Starks

Lucy Ellis

Lucy Ellis

And Carolyn Jane Takeuchi from Microsoft:

Carolyn Jane Takeuchi

Carolyn Jane Takeuchi

It’s the roadshow!

What takes one van, adds wireless Internet and 230Volt power converters in order to run up to 8 Laptops at the same time all while traveling! …oh and not to forget the cooler and all that Smartphone charging and Audio cabling to play to backseat MP3 players music to the car stereo?

No, it’s not a Gnomemobile, it’s a Roadshowmobile.

It’s a traveling van that is literally driving between the venues of Sweden and Finland.  First up is Göteborg, Sweden then Stockholm, Sweden and finally ending up in Helsinki, Finland.

You can spot some of the great pictures of the roadshow here and more are coming.

In Göteborg people even showed up from as far away as Norway.  In Stockholm, Marina Roos was greeted by someone from her Dutch homeland.  Both events had more people actually attending than had registered for the event.

Unlike the Australian, Canadian and USA events which have been “airline” shows as most of the speakers have arrived via planes, this time it really is a true ROAD show.  Olli Sommer fixed up his van with everything that a geek would want and then some.

Power converters…. yes, power converters are attached to the van to ensure that everything a geek could need or want on the road would not be overlooked.

Yes, powering 8 laptops and various other geek stuff.  Having representatives from HP (literally) on board has been exciting and educational for all the attendees.

But this would never have occurred without the hard work and dedication of Marina Roos along with help from Mikael Nystrom and Tero Leskinen.  And the European tour has just begun!  Marina reports that the other European events are getting large registration numbers as well.


This is the first time an event of this type, size and organization has been done in Europe widely like this.  Typically Microsoft brings events to the normal locations of the USA and Canada and sometimes even Australia.  But Europe has typically been underserved and not seen an event like this.

Add to that the powerhouse punch of the energy and brains of Caroline Dean-Takeuchi from Microsoft, Lucy Ellis and Greg Starks from HP, and you have a Roadshow team that can’t be beat.

There’s still lots more dates and events of the tour in the future.  Check out where the Gnome and all of his friends will be next!