The 2013 SQLPass Summit is being held in Charlotte, NC next week and I’m excited to say that I will be there.
The SQLPass Summit is an annual SQL Server geek-fest of learning that attracts over 4000 SQL Server professionals. The core of the conference consists of the 190+ sessions where you can can learn about anything from advanced MDX to SQL Azure and of the 2 days of full-day pre-conference sessions. Additionally, there are the networking opportunities, SQL clinics and community get togethers that make the week one of the most exciting weeks of my year. Please go here for more information: SQLPass.org
The week starts in ernest on Monday morning and I will be taking the time to get to know the Charlotte “Uptown” area in true geek style – on a Segway. I took a Segway tour around Chicago last month and it is a great way to see the city and have fun at the same time. I will be enjoying the tour offered by the Charlotte NC Tours company along with some friends. If you’d like to join us, we will be going on the 9 am “2-hour Markets, Museums & Parks Segway Tour” on Monday morning. We’d love to have you along.
Brent & Gareth on Segways – Chicago, September 2013
After a morning’s hard work on a Segway, we will be convening at one of the premier craft breweries in the Charlotte area for a spot of lunch: The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. We will be there from about 12 noon. This will also be the start of the afternoon’s activity – a lovely craft brewery tour. We will be visiting some of the great breweries listed in this excellent, informative guide by Greg Gonzalez: PASS Summiteers Guide to Charlotte, Part 4: The Craft Beer Scene. Go read it. Now.
I’m guessing that this brewery tour will continue long into the evening and I’m looking forward to enjoying some good beer and a lot of great company. Please come and join me.
My Tuesday will be filled with SQLPass community meetings and I’m really looking forward to participating in some great discussions around how to grow the grass roots SQL Server community. I am currently a SQLPass Regional Mentor and really enjoy giving back and helping data professionals get help for any issues they may have.
The Summit Welcome Reception will be held on Tuesday evening from 6:30 – 8 pm. Come and find me and say HI. I’d love to meet you.
The SQLPass Summit sessions are presented by various interesting and engaging speakers on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday and I encourage everybody to attend as many sessions as is humanly possible. I am looking forward to attending as many PDW, Big Data, performance tuning, internals and optimisation sessions as I can. Pick the sessions that you want to attend on the Schedule Builder that can be found on the SQLPass Summit website. Remember to arrive to your session early to make sure you get a seat as they can fill up quickly.
The SQLPass Chapter Luncheon will be held on Wednesday. “Connect with community leaders in your geographical area, and find SQL Server events and learning opportunities happening right in your back yard! Meet and eat with PASS Chapter Leaders and peers who can help you become more involved in your local SQL Server community.”
The Exhibitor Reception will be held on Wednesday evening from 6 – 8 pm. Make sure you go visit the vendors that support SQLPass and help make events like the Summit possible.
The big event of the week will start right after the Exhibitor Reception: The Pragmatic Works #SQLKaraoke event. Make sure to pick up your wristband at the Pragmatic Works booth in the exhibitor hall. Details can be found on this page: #SQLKaraoke. I’ll be there, singing my name away … as usual.
Phew. Anybody tired yet ? We have 2 more days to get through …
Thursday sees another very important event happening – The Women in Technology Luncheon. This occurs to help us in the technology sector understand the discussions around helping women succeed. To support this important issue, various manly men started donning kilts. I will be wearing my very comfortable Anderson tartan next Thursday, too.
Buck Woody & me in kilts – 2012
Now, to MY event …
On Thursday evening, from about 5 – 7 pm, I, along with Mark Stacey & Christina Leo, will be hosting the 2nd Annual #SQLWine. We are inviting a select few people to join us for a intimate little wine tasting. If you’d like to join us, please let me know on Twitter – @GarethSwan. Space is limited.
Microsoft and SQLPass are sponsoring the Community Appreciation Party at the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Thrusday evening from 7 – 10 pm. This promises to be an amazing good time. Be there.
Friday promises to be an excellent day of sessions and our final important luncheon of the week is held. This is the Birds of a Feather Luncheon. If you have an important SQL Server area that you are passionate about, there are other people that feel the same way. Come to the Birds of a Feather Luncheon to discuss your favourite issue with like-minded people. I will be there hosting a table. Look me up.
Now, this is NOT the be all and end all of events that occur during the week of the Summit. There are a LOT of other things to see and do – Community Zone, SQLPass bookstore, Exhibitor Hall, SQL clinics, SQLCat team meetings, certification exam attempts, etc., etc., etc. You will never be bored. Find something that interests you. It’s going to be a wild ride !!
For those that don’t get enough community during the Summit, we’ll be doing it all again on Saturday at SQL Saturday #237 – Charlotte BI Edition 2013.
After that, I will be sleeping for approximately a week.
See you at the SQLPass Summit !!!