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My PASS Summit 2010 Schedule

The 2010 PASS Summit is a few days away and my schedule has gone from wide open to booked solid! Maybe you want to meet me or maybe you're just voyeuristic and want to know what other people are up to. Either way, here's where I'm planning to be during the week.

I'm making the trek from Orlando with Jack Corbett (Blog | Twitter) - always nice to travel with someone you know - and we arrive in Seattle at 3 PM. After taking the Link Light Rail to downtown and checking in at my hotel I'll probably head over to the conference center to see who else has arrived.

At 6 PM I'm going to the Sunday Night Meetup at Lowell's that my friend Andy Warren (Blog | Twitter) organized. You're welcome to come too - Andy's got the appetizers, you cover your own food\drink after that. Capacity is 150, plenty of open seats still, and a lot of great names on the list so far. The meetup officially goes until 8 and I'll either go somewhere else with whoever wants to keep chatting or head back to the hotel for the night and try to get used to the 3 hour time difference between Orlando and Seattle.

Easy going morning, will probably hit Top Pot for breakfast before heading over to the conference center for the SQLSaturday roundtable from 10 AM - noon. There are still seats available (free registration required, password "wyoming") if you'd like to join and help shape the future of SQLSaturday. See the agenda posted here for details.

I've got a break in the afternoon, need to find lunch, and thinking I might try to do at least some sightseeing and go to the Museum of Flight.

At 5 PM I'm going to the Speaker & Volunteer orientation. I volunteered to be a member of the Orientation Committee and am meeting my group of Summit rookies at 5:30 PM, after which we'll go as a group to the First Timers' Reception at 6 PM. That'll segue into the official Welcome Reception and Quiz Bowl from 6:30 - 8 PM.

The fun kicks into high gear with the Day 1 keynote at 8:15 AM. I'm an "official" blogger this year and will be sitting at the bloggers' table live-blogging and tweeting each day's keynotes.

At 10:15 AM I'm presenting my spotlight session, Transactional Replication: Beyond The Basics.

At 11:30 AM I'll be at the Birds of a Feather Luncheon. I don't have a specific agenda so I'll probably just pick a table that has space and learn about something new.

During some portion between 2 - 4 PM I'll be at the "Meet the Bloggers" area in the Community Learning Center (in the expo hall, right behind the Ask the Experts area). This is something new PASS is trying this year to give attendees the chance to meet with the official bloggers and talk shop. Stop on by, I'd love to meet you!

The rest of the afternoon is clear so I may hit the expo hall or drop in on a session.

At 6:30 PM I'll be at the Inappropriate PASS Meetup. The event's full, if you were able to get in I'll see you there…if not, and you don't mind some NSFW humor follow the #inapproPASS hashtag on Twitter.

I'll be at the bloggers table again for the Day 2 keynote from 8:15 - 10 AM.

At 10:15 AM I'm presenting Getting Started Blogging And Technical Speaking. I have no idea how many people will come to this but I hope to get a good turnout. Who knows, maybe this will influence a new generation of SQL bloggers\speakers to take that next step - at least that's what I'm hoping!

At 11:30 AM I'm going to the Women In Technology luncheon.

Rainbows, Unicorns, and Bacon!At 1:30 PM I'm giving a Lightning Talk - these are 5 minute presentations, very specific focus, and likely to be loaded with lots of humor. It's hard to convey anything technical in such a short period of time so I'm going off the beaten path and talking about volunteering with PASS. I'm following the Ignite style - slides auto advance every 15 seconds. My slides include pictures of rainbows, unicorns, bacon, a juggler on a unicycle, Lego minis, and a nuclear explosion. What's that got to do with volunteering? Come watch and find out!

I'll be back at the Meet The Bloggers area until 4 PM.

At 7 PM I'm going to the Microsoft Appreciation Night at Gameworks. I'll have business cards with me this time in case I run into Ted Kummert like last year.

I'm really looking forward to the Day 3 keynote for two reasons…first, we're going to make some really big announcements about SQLRally. Second, Dr. David DeWitt is speaking. Last year he knocked everyone's socks off with a super geeky presentation. This year he's talking about the fundamentals of query optimization. The guy's good. If you pick one keynote to go to, make it this one!

At 12 PM I'll be at the Chapters Lunch sitting at the OPASS table.

At 5:30 PM I will be at the Board of Directors Q&A session in room 307-308. If you care about the direction of PASS I encourage you to come and talk with the BoD. You will be able to ask questions and voice your opinion about how PASS is being run directly to the board members.

I fly back to Orlando at noon so no time for sightseeing or many other activities Friday.


I hope to see you next week!


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