I'm just finishing up sending out thank you emails to the volunteers, speakers, and sponsors that helped make our first SQLSaturday a great success. We ended up with 217 attendees. The event really went well, we had no major problems and surprisingly few minor problems. We did overestimate on soda and water, we ended up with about 40 cases extra - that will support our regular group meetings for a while! I'm probably biased, but it seemed like the attendees were nicer and more good natured than is usually the case at these events. Everyone I talked to - and that was a lot of people - seemed to be really enjoying themselves. Even the sponsors had a good time!
I'm headed to Tampa sometime next week to share some lessons learned with the SQL group down there as they start prepping for a Jan event, and my business partner Brian is working on venue for a SQLSaturday in Jacksonville sometime in March. If you're thinking to try doing a similar event drop me an email, we'll help where we can.
I posted some notes about the event at http://opass.org/content/showcontent.aspx?contentid=384, and in the next week or two I'll write up some operational notes to forward to Steve to post on SSC.