Maria-Anastasia’s 2022 Recap

One more year is coming to its end…
Let’s see my best moments of 2022 together!


In January, I reached 2000 followers on Twitter, and I celebrated with a giveaway.

In that month, I wrote two articles on my blog; “Catch up with me – December 2021” and “Azure IoT News – January 2022 by Think About IoT”.

Moreover, my robotics students and I participated in the Mega Event of the United Dojo about Astro Pi.


In February, I passed the Azure AI Fundamentals exam!

Also, I wrote the “Azure IoT News – February 2022 by Think About IoT” and the “Catch up with me – January 2022”.


March is a month for women’s equality awareness. For this reason, due to Women’s Day 2022, the Rhodian newspaper “Rodiaki” published an article with four successful women in male-dominated professions. So, I had the honour to participate in this interview and share my experiences in the field of technology.

Moreover, I participated in my first Microsoft MVP Summit! I gained a lot of knowledge and “met” new MVPs.


Furthermore, I wrote the “Azure IoT News – March 2022 by Think About IoT”,Happy Women’s Day 2022” and the Catch up with me – February 2022”.

Finally, I travelled to Athens and Patras and had fun with my beloved friends.


That month had uploaded the 9th episode of Azure for Sure and I had the honour to talk about IoT.

Moreover, I had written “Azure IoT News – April 2022 by Think About IoT”, “Azure for Sure Ep. 9: First Guide to Azure IoT” and the “Happy Easter 2022 by Thing About IoT!”.

Plus, I had reached 2500 followers on Twitter!

Finally, I travelled with my boyfriend to Milano, Verona, and Venice, and we had wonderful moments there.


Birthday month! I became 25!

Also, I received and drove my car for the first time!

That month, I passed the Azure Developer Associate exam.

Furthermore, I had the pleasure to speak about IoT at Bradford Cloud User Group.

Moreover, I wrote “Catch up with me – April 2022, Azure IoT News – May 2022 by Think About IoT”, and “Bradford Cloud User Group: Getting started with Azure IoT”.


In June, I wrote the “Azure IoT News – June 2022 by Think About IoT” and the “Microsoft MVP Award – How to Become Microsoft Most Valuable Professional”.

I had the pleasure of speaking at a Greek event about How to Become Microsoft Most Valuable Professional.

Moreover, I had two dancing performances and I loved every single moment of that!


In July, I have the honour to receive a massive gift from Elgato for appreciating my community work and wanting to help me to reach more with all of these premium products!

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Also, my robotics students made me very proud once again! All 3 projects that we submitted in the 4th Panhellenic Competition of Open Educational Technologies were distinguished among 130 projects.

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I had the pleasure to answer all of your Azure IoT questions live, with the Azure IoT expert and Cloud Advocate, Bruno Capuano.

I wrote the “AMA – Ask Me Anything at Reactor: Azure IoT” and the “Azure IoT News – July 2022 by Think About IoT”.

Another significant change for me was that the Microsoft MVP program had announced new categories, and I have become an Internet of Things Microsoft MVP!

Plus, I reached 3000 followers on Twitter!!!

Last but not least, I travelled with my family, and we had a great tour around the Peloponnese.


In August, I graduated from the Computer Engineering and Informatics Department of the University of Patras with the Integrated Master’s / Diploma of Engineering in Computer Engineering & Informatics! Yaaay!!!

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I wrote the “Azure IoT News – August 2022 by Think About IoT“.

Plus, I renewed my Power Platform Developer Associate certification.

That month, I gained my first money online!!! I am officially a micro-influencer!

Finally, I had Covid-19 for the first (and I hope last) time…


In that month, the “Microsoft MVP Award Program Blog” published an article that highlights my community activities involving students!

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Moreover, I passed the Azure IoT Developer Specialty Microsoft certification exam!

Also, my best friend Sofie had come to Rhodes to visit me, and we had a superb time together.


In October, I started a Master’s Degree at the University of the Aegean in Didactics of Mathematics, Science, and Information and Communication Technologies in Education.

Furthermore, I hosted my first and only Greek Microsoft Ignite After Party.


Moreover, I wrote the “Azure IoT News – September 2022 by Think About IoT”, the “Microsoft Ignite After Party by Think About IoT” and the “Microsoft Tech Days: A Flight into IoT 2 – Long-Haul”.

On the last day of October, my brother Dimitris and his startup AidPlex were in Forbes 30 under 30 Greece! Hugeee!


In November, we had our second Flight into IoT 2 – Long-Haul with my beloved friends Peter Gallagher, Clifford Agius, Sander van de Velde, John Lunn, and José Simões.

I also, speak at the Panorama of Entrepreneurship & Career Development about my experience as the first employee working fully remotely at Info Quest Technologies and CANDI Advanced Business And Digital Solutions, to young people searching for jobs.

Moreover, I wrote the “Azure IoT News – October 2022 by Think About IoT” and the “Business Days by Panorama of Entrepreneurship & Career Development”.


This month was full of community activities.

The Betatalks podcast episode 46, Building robotics & Azure IoT – with Maria-Anastasia Moustaka was out.

Next, I participated in the Festive Tech Calendar 2022 on day 28 with a video about my route from a Microsoft Learn Student Ambassador to IoT Microsoft Most Valuable Professional – MVP.


Also, I wrote the “Azure IoT News – November 2022 by Think About IoT”, the “Christmas & New Year’s Eve Countdown (GR)”, the “Azure IoT News – December 2022 by Think About IoT”, the “From a Microsoft Learn Student Ambassador to IoT Microsoft Most Valuable Professional – MVP”, the “Betatalks the podcast: 46. Building robotics & Azure IoT – with Maria-Anastasia Moustaka” and this blog post.


This was a wonderful year full of great moments! I feel so thankful for the people I have in my life, the trips I had, the achievements I gained, and all the lessons I learned.

I wish you a remarkable new year! See you around!