My Inaugural Swearing-In Ceremony

by Joey deVilla on January 23, 2009

This article was originally posted in Global Nerdy.

On Tuesday, the day that Barack Obama got sworn in as the 44th President of the United States, my 3-month probationary period at Microsoft also ended and I became a full-fledged Microsoft Developer Evangelist. I figured that if Obama could have a swearing-in ceremony to mark his official entrance into his new job, why couldn’t I?

As luck would have it, I was at the Vancouver Convention Centre to speak at Microsoft’s TechDays conference, where the Microsoft logo was projected onto the waterfall on the second floor. It made a pretty good backdrop for the ceremony, which was conducted by my fellow Developer Evangelist John Bristowe. I swore my oath on a “Techie Crunch” box, a cereal box containing the swag we gave to every attendee:

This magic moment would’ve been lost forever if it weren’t for videographer, blogger and man-about-tech Warren Frey, who was recording interviews for TechVibes and caught it for posterity. Thanks, Warren! I salute you with a filet mignon on a flaming sword!

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Heather January 23, 2009 at 10:27 am

That’s fantastic. I needed a morning laugh.

Warren Frey January 23, 2009 at 11:17 am

Thanks Joey, it was fun! Btw, you can check out the video with your interview at

darryl January 23, 2009 at 5:55 pm

That’s good news, especially when Microsoft is now considering slashing 5% of its workforce:

Neil in Ottawa January 24, 2009 at 12:58 pm

Did you finish with “so help me Rael” something?

Joey deVilla January 24, 2009 at 3:09 pm

Neil in Ottawa: I ended with “So help me Ray Ozzie.”

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