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PASS First Timers Guide and Schedule

By Jen McCown, 2011/09/17

Hi there ho there everybody! I am now a Big Sister Fearless Leader of a group of PASS Summit first timers! This is the page wherein I record all of my sage advice and such for them, and for any other first timer who wishes to come around. I will continue to update this page all the up to (and probably through) the PASS Summit in October, so check back for updates.

And as always, please leave comments and questions below.


Packing, power and connectivity:


Can you share some info on the format of the sessions (is it all powerpoint? / are hard or soft copies provided? / is it common for folks to take laptops into the sessions for note-taking? ).


Do you know if they publish names of attendees anywhere to facilitate networking? Yep, here on the Summit Who’s Coming page.

Also, see “Get on Twitter”, above.

Also-also, see the SQLPASS Connect pages. They’ve got some good resources and events listed. I don’t really like how things are split apart by category, so I’m trying to list everyting in one timeline here (and add in my own):

Monday, October 10
? Annual PASS Photowalk
6:00pm-9:00pm Monday Night Networking Dinner
with Steve Jones and Andy Warren
Tuesday, October 11
3:00pm – 5:00pm Special Networking to Build Business Contacts Workshop with Don Gabor
5:30pm – 6:30pm First Timers Orientation and Networking Session
6:30pm – 8:00pm PASS Summit 2011 Welcome Reception and Quiz Bowl
8:00pm – 11:00pm Red Gate Party – Sponsored by SQL Server Central (tickets required)
Wednesday, October 12
7:00am – 8:00am SQL Run
7:00am – 8:00am Welcome Breakfast
10:00am – 6:00pm Expert Pods
11:30am – 1:30pm Meet the Chapters Lunch
6:00pm – 8:00pm Exhbitor Reception
7:00pm – 10:00pm P.U.S.S. Inappropriate Sessions Party by MidnightDBA
9:30pm-2:00am SQL Karaoke at Busch Gardens (see also
Thursday, October 13
all day SQLKilt Day! Wear your kilt to the Summit (no joke)!
7:00am – 8:00am Continental Breakfast
10:00am – 6:00pm Expert Pods
11:30am- 1:30pm Women in Technology Luncheon
7:00pm- 10:00pm Community Appreciation Party
Friday, October 14
7:00am – 8:00am Continental Breakfast
10:00am – 5:00pm Expert Pods
11:30am – 1:00pm Birds of a Feather Luncheon (I’m hosting the “You-Tell-Em SQL Horror Stories (and solutions)” table)


The PASS Summit website contains lots of good info, including session abstracts, speaker bios, a schedule builder, social events, attendee list, and more.

New this year on the site is the PASS Summit First Timer’s Guide, with lots of good info.

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