Speaker Spotlight: Rik Hepworth

Speaker Spotlight is your chance to get to know the ESPC22 Speakers! Find out what projects they are most proud of, advice, tips, their favourite films and more!

Introducing Rik Hepworth

In my day-job as Chief Consulting Officer at Black Marble I work with customers large and small to help them develop, manage, and deliver projects both on-premises and in the Cloud. As an Azure MVP and technology advocate I share the things I learn and the technologies I use with the technical community so we can all be better together.

I am also proud to be a member of Microsoft’s Regional Director programme. You might have seen me speaking at conferences and user groups, read a post on my blog, looked at my stuff on GitHub or seen my tweet. Whichever it was, I’m better in person so if you see me around, walk up and say hi!

Please recommend one ESPC22 Session (you can’t pick your own 😊 )

That’s a tough one! There are so many great sessions on Azure and beyond. I’m going to pick one that’s outside my area, because the speaker is excellent and I think the topic is important:

How Autonomy in the Modern Workplace has Changed the Way We Work, Forever, presented by Tracy Van der Schyff

Can you briefly discuss a project you are most proud of?

It’s a while ago now, but my company was involved in creating interactive terminals for a James Bond exhibition at the UK Science Museum. The terminals allowed visitors to answer questions about the films and the items on show, and get their ‘secret agent score’ as they reached the exit. It was fun to work on (because it combined networking, hardware, software and more), and ultimately brought enjoyment to lots and lots of people.

What is your favourite film?

Star Wars. The original – it was the first film I ever went to see at the cinema when I was little.

What is the best career or life advice you have received to date?

Always ask ‘why’. Especially of your customers, because what they think they want is not always what they need.

Have you any tips on receiving a MVP status?

The MVP programme is a reward for being an active member of the community and helping others by sharing your knowledge and experience. Do that because you love it, and get pleasure from helping others, and there’s a strong chance the MVP award will follow.

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