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I'm Andy Warren, currently a SQL Server trainer with End to End Training. Over the past few years I've been a developer, DBA, and IT Director. I was one of the original founders of and helped grow that community from zero to about 300k members before deciding to move on to other ventures.

SQLSaturday Summit at the PASS Summit

Now that we’ve moved SQLSaturday to PASS and we’re seeing some really nice growth in the number of events, I think it makes sense to gather all the thinkers, doers, and dreamers that got us this far and figure out where to go next. With that in mind, I’ve asked for space to seat 100 on Monday morning the week of the Summit (Nov 8th) from 9am – 11am. I don’t have an agenda yet, just a few ideas, and posting here to get feedback that will lead to a final agenda.

Who can attend? We’ve only got room for a 100, and not sure we can manage more than a 100 for what we have in mind, so I was thinking it would be event leaders, event volunteers, and those thinking about doing an event next year, plus some board members and HQ staff.

Agenda thoughts:

  • How to accomplish the goal of having a SQLSaturday in every US state next year, and figuring out an international goal and how to support it
  • Sharing lessons learned. Maybe some 5 min presentations, maybe just some sub-group discussions
  • Talking about features needed on the web site and tools and prioritizing them
  • Areas where PASS can help more – documentation, tools, coaching, ???
  • Bringing SQLSaturday to smaller cities & venues

I think we need a lot of flip charts and a lot of dreams. Picturing something very informal, just blocks of time for various portions but not 2 hours of presentations.

Unfortunately this only includes those at the Summit, not sure how to do better than that for this first attempt, trying to mix in person and online just hard to do effectively. Just thinking that since many of us will be there, we should make the most of the time (and plan to arrive on Sun afternoon, that’s great networking time).



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Posted by Grant Fritchey on 11 May 2010

You could set up a living meeting... or, you could have several of us set up live meetings. You're going to have a room full of people who have access through work, through PASS or through the MVP program. It might look a little goofy with a bunch of us pointing camera's at each other, but it would allow those who don't attend to take part. BUT, then you have to ask, is it by invitation only?

Otherwise, I think it's a good idea. Adam did 95% of the work for our event in Mass (down from 98% last year), but I did help. Assuming I make the summit, I'll try to make this & provide what input I can from my 5% knowledge.

Posted by Jason Brimhall on 11 May 2010

As somebody that is interested in getting one going in my area, I think this would be a useful mini summit.

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