I attended and presented at the Rocky Mountain Tech Trifecta yesterday, where I had a very nice time. Julie Yack did a great job of organizing the free event, which had nearly 700 registrations. There were a lot of sponsors, so there was plenty of food (including breakfast, lunch and snacks) and lots of loot to give away during the sessions. After lunch, there were two stacks of empty pizza boxes that were each over six feet high. That was a lot of pizza! It is very nice to see so many people working together to put on high quality, free events like this.
It was great to see Steve Jones, Eric Johnson, Paul Nielsen, and Louis Davidson (who had flown in from Tennessee for the event). Kevin Cox from SQLCAT was also there, where he stepped in at the last minute to do a presentation. Louis Davidson used an add-in for PowerPoint that let it send tweets to the Twitter API while he was giving his SQL Server keynote presentation.
My session was not until 4PM, but despite that, it was still well attended. I was concerned that a lot of people might have decided to leave earlier in the afternoon since it was a nice day in Denver. The North Classroom building on the Auraria campus in Denver has a very strong, free Wireless-N connection, which was very welcome. I actually used it to show SQL Azure for a couple of minutes before I started my presentation. After the event was over, I went to Cilantro Fusion for a nice meal and conversation with Carlos Bossy, Jason Horner , Marc Beacom, and Paul Paiva. Cilantro Fusion is owned by Carlos’ wife, Gabriela Bossy, and the food is excellent.