By any measure the event was a success. We had a solid 275 attendees this year, up about 50 from last year. We actually registered 465, and then in the last week we worked on reminding people to cancel if plans had changed, resulting in 94 cancelations. It's the nature of free events that not all that register will attend, but we were pleased to see that our working estimate of 70% worked out well. Some highlights today, tomorrow I'll post my notes about things we could have done better:
Now we've just a few post event things to do; thank you notes to everyone that contributed, work on getting sessions uploaded, and get our notes consolidated from the lessons learned this year. It was a fun event, I'd say more fun than last year for me because I was a lot more comfortable with the process. As fun as it was, I'm glad it's done; it takes a lot of time to make it happen in the months prior to the event, and it will be nice to be back to just having one job for a while. I'll be attending SQLSaturday #10 in Tampa in January as a speaker and sponsor (and as a volunteer as needed), and then in April/May the same for the 2nd annual Jacksonville event.
Birmingham is starting work on one, and I just saw a note from Greg Larsen in Olympia that he's already into early planning for an event in Tacoma next year. Not quite critical mass, but I think as more people get the chance to attend one and see the process, the idea will catch on and more cities will try.