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Notes from SQLSaturday #10 in Tampa

By Andy Warren, 2009/01/25

SQLSaturday #10 was held January 24, 2008 in Tampa at the Kforce Building. Attendance was about 175, down slightly from the year before. Overall the event turned out well; 36 sessions, everyone got fed, no major logistical challenges. I definitely noticed a few repeat participants from last year, and we've definitely built a good crowd of SQL speakers, among them Mike Antonovich, JC Armand, Jon Kehayias, Plamen Ratchev, Mike Wells, Kent Waldrop, Rushabh Mehta, and more! We had Tim Mitchell down from Texas (he also participated in SQLSaturday #3 in Jacksonville last year), John Magnabosco from Indiana (IndyTechFest guy), Jessica Moss from Virginia (used to be from Florida) - good to see people interested in visiting events outside their area.

I always make it a practice to list things I thought could have done better - doesn't mean it wasn't a success for the 175 attendees, and those that struck me as really good:

And unusually, we had a few good stories out of the event:

I also got in a couple games of chess with John Magnabosco over coffee. Good to relax and do something besides SQL.

It was a fun event, had the SQLSaturday feel to it, and all the attendees looked like they were having a nice day. Tampa has quite a few people interested, I'll challenge the Tampa team to grow their event substantially next year to 300+.

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