Veterans of Microsoft Ignite know that one of the biggest and most fun events of the entire conference is AvePoint’s famous Red Party. 1,331 people attended with goals of networking, mingling, and having as much fun as possible. Regardless of their reasons for coming, come they did and the Red Party 2017 was another sight to behold!

Doors opened at 10 p.m. after conference activities wrapped up on day two, and folks made their way to Cuba Libre to kick off the festivities. The Red Party is known for its extravagance, performances, and for being a can’t miss spectacle. This year was no exception, as the venue was decorated to the nines and pageantry was not in short supply.

Some of our AvePoint executives posing with good friend and DJ, Joey Snow

For this year’s main event at the Red Party, AvePoint hosted a charity fashion show with folks from around the Microsoft ecosystem dressing in costumes of people from Disney movies, fairy tale princesses, and other movie characters. The fashion show was co-hosted by our Dux Raymond Sy and the head of Microsoft’s Windows Insider Program, Dona Sarkar. It was a real treat to see the goofy side of everyone involved and an even bigger treat to help with charitable donations to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Together with the help of the Houston SharePoint User Group, the event raised $5,000 to go towards helping those affected by the devastating storm in coastal Texas.

 and  tied for first place in the fashion show, after strutting their stuff dressed as Alice in Wonderland’s Queen of Hearts and the Mad Hatter, respectively.

Sharing the crown were “Cinderfalla” and his fairy counterpart a.k.a @jasehimm and @diverdown1964.

After the conclusion of the fashion show, it was time for everyone to get down to the business of getting down, as guest DJ Joey Snow began his performance. Dancing was plentiful as attendees enjoyed five open bars spaced throughout Cuba Libre.

Red Party attendees danced up a storm Tuesday night thanks to DJ @joeysnow

Also on hand was Barry AvePoint, our mascot for GroupHub, which we launched at Ignite. One of the men behind the mask of Barry was Hunter Willis, account technical specialist at AvePoint. Despite probably being a little toastier than the rest of the party, Hunter said he had a great time.

Our GroupHub mascot, Barry AvePoint, was on hand for the Red Party

“It was really great to see everybody cutting loose and just having an awesome time,” he said. “It was even more special that we were able to do all this for a good cause and do our part to try to get the people of Houston’s lives back to normal. It’s great when people with a common goal come together to do stuff like this.”

Dux, AvePoint CMO and CTO of AvePoint Public Sector was also excited about the event’s turnout, energy, and cause.

“There were so many great people at the Red Party last night,” he said. “So many friends and colleagues and it’s always such a treat to see the fun and goofy side of people. The fashion show was such a blast and it makes it even more enjoyable knowing that we were able to do this for a good cause. Houston’s a resilient place and we know they’ll be back on their feet in no time and it’s our pleasure to chip in to make that happen. #HoustonStrong”

So, after painting Orlando red on the night of day two, AvePoint’s not done! The winner of our wildly popular Ducati motorcycle raffle will be announced on day four at booth 301. Also, be sure to check out avepoint.com in the coming days for more photos of the #AvePointRED festivities!

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TJ
Dr. Tianyi (TJ) Jiang oversees product strategy and business development for AvePoint’s global businesses, and is one of the main architects in guiding AvePoint’s evolution to become a Collaboration Enabler, focusing on helping enterprises in their digitization journey to enable employees to collaborate with confidence. Prior to co-founding AvePoint, TJ’s career focus was on designing and implementing fix-income trading systems, global equity program trading platforms, credit risk modeling, and conducting research in Data Mining. A recipient of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award in New Jersey in 2010, TJ received both B.S. and Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University, and a Master of Philosophy and PhD in Data Mining from Department of Information Systems, Operations Management, and Statistics, Stern School of Business, New York University.