Just one week from now, PASS Summit will bring together the #SQLFamily in Seattle for the best week of SQL Server and BI learning and networking on the calendar, Nov. 4-7. With a record 200+ technical sessions across 3 jam-packed days of connecting and sharing with 5,000 fellow SQL Server professionals from around the world, PASS Summit 2014 will be the biggest Summit yet.
In addition to sessions with top community and Microsoft experts, guidance from Microsoft CSS, SQLCAT, and SQL Tiger teams at the popular SQL Server Clinic, and hands-on instructor-led workshops, Summit attendees can get 50% off Microsoft certification exams onsite. What else can you look forward to at this year’s Summit? Here are just some of the networking activities, onsite events, and opportunities to immerse yourself in the #SQLCommunity like never before.
First-time Summit attendee? Don’t know what to expect at the conference? Don’t miss one of our First-Timers’ orientation sessions Tuesday before the Welcome Reception to get an inside look at what’s in store for you at PASS Summit and tips on getting the most from your week. Then, jump into a Speed Networking session with your fellow First-Timers, and start making connections. We’ll also have daily “Get to Know Your Community” sessions on how to navigate Summit and get more involved in PASS and the #SQLCommunity year-round.
For the first time ever, watch as 12 presenter compete for a guaranteed speaking spot at PASS Summit 2015. With three rounds across three days, a panel of judges from the community will give Speaker Idol contestants real-time feedback and select the finalists for Friday’s “speak-off.” Drop by the Community Session Room (Room 400) to watch this competition and cheer on your favorite speakers.
The Community Zone, on the level-4 Skybridge, is the place to mix and mingle with members of the community. Local and Virtual Chapter leaders, Regional Mentors, SQLSaturday organizers, and MVPs will be on hand Wednesday through Friday to answer any questions you have about PASS. The Community Zone will also feature a different country/language spotlight every hour – come by and talk with community leaders from your area and who speak your native language. Plus, meet community leaders from around the world and you could win a $250 VISA gift card in our SQL Around the World scavenger hunt-style game.
This year’s Summit features two great opportunities tolearn more as you dig into lunch. Thursday’s Women in Technology Luncheon welcomes special guest keynoter Kimberly Bryant, founder of Black Girls CODE, to share her thoughts in a question-and-answer session. And join with MVPs, speakers, PASS Board members, and fellow attendees in our closing day Birds of a Feather Luncheon, focused on bringing people with the same passions together.
The fun continues even after sessions are over, with evening events designed to help you engage with the community and relax after an intense day of training. Help us kick off PASS Summit at Tuesday’s Welcome Reception, and rub shoulders with our sponsors and exhibitors at Wednesday’s Exhibitor Reception. Then enjoy Thursday’s Community Appreciation Party at the contemporary, cutting-edge Experience Music Project Museum, sponsored by PASS and Microsoft as a special thank you for being part of the #SQLCommunity.
Read what community bloggers are looking forward to at the SQL Server event of the year. And if you haven’t already, make sure you register by Oct. 31 to save $200 off the onsite rate. We can’t wait to see everyone there!