MVP Summit – Best response of the day

Written by Cornelius J. van Dyk on . Posted in Blog

OK, so I can’t directly quote the response because it was kind of long, as was the question, but I can give you the just of it… Bill Gates, during the Q&A after his keynotes speech was asked about his philanthropic efforts and how he intends to support the “Laptop for every child” program. He gave a terrific explanation which truly highlighted the disconnected thinking some 1st world thinkers do with regards to the 3rd world. His response encompassed the efforts geared at nutrition, health and pharmaceutical needs of children as a priority. In other words… and this is my own translation… let’s feed them first, so they don’t starve tomorrow… then let’s make sure they are healthy and don’t die of some common disease that could have been prevented BEFORE we even think about giving them a laptop… ever heard of Maslow?




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Cornelius J. van Dyk

Born and raised in South Africa during the 70's I got my start in computers when a game on my Sinclair ZX Spectrum crashed, revealing it's BASIC source code. The ZX had a whopping 48K of memory which was considered to be a lot in the Commodore Vic20 era, but more importantly, it had BASIC built into the soft touch keyboard. Teaching myself to program, I coded my first commercial program at age 15.

After graduating high school at 17, I joined the South African Air Force, graduating the Academy and becoming a Pilot with the rank of First Lieutenant by age 20. After serving my country for six years, I made my way back into computer software.

Continuing my education, I graduated Suma Cum Laude from the Computer Training Institute before joining First National Bank where my work won the Smithsonian Award for Technological Innovation in the field of Banking and Insurance. Soon I met Will Coleman from Amdahl SA, who introduced me to a little known programming language named Huron/ObjectStar. As fate would have it, this unknown language and Y2K brought me to the USA in 1998.

I got involved with SharePoint after playing around with the Beta for SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Leaving my career at Rexnord to become a consultant in 2004, I was first awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for SharePoint in 2005, becoming only the 9th MVP for WSS at the time. I fulfilled a life long dream by pledging allegiance to the Flag as a US citizen in 2006. I met the love of my life and became a private consultant in 2008. I was honored to receive my ninth MVP award for SharePoint Server in 2013.

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