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Introducing PASS Summit Learning Pathways

Introducing PASS Summit Learning Pathways

As an attendee, deciding which sessions to attend at conferences can be a daunting endeavor. With so many choices available and the impossibility of being able to attend every interesting session, it really can make sense to buy recordings if they are available. One of the ways PASS is trying to help for Summit 2019 is by introducing Learning Pathways, which are curated sets of sessions designed to help attendees achieve a goal. Each pathway will consist of at least three sessions, presented by at least two different speakers. The pathways being offered in 2019 will be: AI for Everyone…
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I’m A PASS Summit Official Blogger!

I’m A PASS Summit Official Blogger!

This year, PASS is introducing the PASS Summit Official Blogger program, and I'm very happy to announce that I'm a part of the inaugural group! For many years there has been a bloggers' table at PASS Summit keynotes, where community members can live blog all the latest happenings and announcements. This year, PASS is kicking it up a notch with the creation of the official blogger program! Official bloggers not only get the opportunity to cover the keynote events live as before, but also get exclusive interview access with the PASS Executive Committee, exhibitors, sponsors, and other industry leaders that…
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Topics I’d love to see at Conferences

Topics I’d love to see at Conferences

The Call for Speakers for PASS Summit 2019 has just closed, and now the Program Committee will begin the task of evaluating speakers and sessions and using those results to build a schedule. It's not easy. Really, it's not. I've served on the Program Committee numerous times and there's a lot of effort that goes into building that schedule. There are also many difficult decisions made, and many great sessions that there just isn't a timeslot for because they were pre-empted by an even better or more timely topic. These unfortunate facts got me thinking about topics that will probably…
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SQL Saturday Chicago 2019 Wrap-Up

SQL Saturday Chicago 2019 Wrap-Up

Another SQL Saturday Chicago has come and gone, and I wanted to take a moment to reflect on what we have spent the last 11 months planning. It truly was our best SQL Saturday yet, with 422 attendees. We also ended with 130 on our waiting list, which is another record. Even with this larger venue it appears our demand still exceeds the amount of room we have. We also had more churn this year than ever before in terms of attendees. This is a great thing, as many people realized they were unable to attend ahead of time and…
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Why I Love SQLBits

Why I Love SQLBits

With SQLBits coming up quickly (it's next week!) I wanted to take a few moments to write about what very quickly has become my favorite conference. It's an awesome experience and I am so grateful that I am able to attend, volunteer, and present there for a second year. It's Not PASS Summit I love PASS Summit - no surprises there. I've written many posts about it, why you should attend, and how to prepare for it over the years. But I think it's really important to point out that SQLBits is not PASS Summit, nor is it organized by…
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