Community and Misconceptions

Pictures might vary from the actual “minibus”.

Enter: The inaugural AOS Road Trip.

  1. AvePoint sponsored just the bus. The rest of the tour, including accommodation, venue and food was covered by the tour itself and not AvePoint (In 2016, Microsoft South Africa paid for the rest)
  2. AvePoint have only sponsored 3 “buses” to my knowledge, the 2 in South Africa and the 1 in Canada, not “several”.
  3. The theme was not decided by AvePoint. Everyone had an opportunity to submit sessions like a typical SharePoint Saturday. In fact, in 2016, we had hoodies made with “SharePoint Saturday mini” embroidered on them.
  4. The “core” benefits of the tour is to ensure that there is an equal spread of knowledge across the Microsoft tech, as well as an equal amount of local speakers.
  5. This is not an AvePoint initiative. This is a community driven concept because we saw the need for smaller events in regions that are unable to make it to larger cities.
  6. The greater purpose was to build a spin off of sorts around being able to provide SharePoint Saturday and AOS event organizers with a similar facility; transportation to other eager community organizers, should they believe that there was a need to do the same thing we did in South Africa. This conversation stopped when it no longer became a community driven concept.
  7. Although the post was written by Christian Buckley, who I did approach about it, he was informed by AvePoint that it was “their RedBus Tour” hence the post been written in that light.
  • Why would AvePoint not mention the community that put together the tour?
  • Why would they not reference the original idea?
  • Is there any specific reason for representing the concept and their involvement in it as more than just a sponsored vehicle?

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