There’s a change in how pre-conference seminars are being picked for the SQL Rally event next year in Orlando, FL. You, as the people that may attend, are getting the chance to vote on which sessions you’d like to see.
You get to pick from seminars in various categories, voting once for each session. The descriptions of the sessions are here:
BI Sessions: http://www.sqlpass.org/sqlrally/2011/PreConsforVotingBI.aspx
DBA Sessions: http://www.sqlpass.org/sqlrally/2011/PreConsforVotingDba.aspx
Developer Sessions: http://www.sqlpass.org/sqlrally/2011/PreConsforVotingDev.aspx
Misc Sessions: http://www.sqlpass.org/sqlrally/2011/PreConsforVotingMisc.aspx
I have a session submitted for the Misc area, which is Finding Your Dream Job, a combination of my Modern Resume work and Chris Shaw’s various presentations on getting a new job. We decided that a half day would be a good way for us to give you practical advice on ways to get a better job, or just a job.
Whether you vote for us or not, I think this is a great way to get community feedback. I’ve been suspect that PASS has any idea what people want to see, relying on previous year’s limited data. This at least allows the community to have a say in what gets picked.
I would prefer that voting results were tabulated immediately so we could see what the response is. Based on my experiences, I'm slightly concerned that the community will be over-ridden if PASS thinks something will sell better.
Also, consider attending the SQL Rally in Orlando next May, especially if you find that the price of the Summit is too high. At an estimated $300 to attend, even with a hotel and some travel, you could get a tremendous amount of SQL training and networking for around $1000. And to me, this is way more valuable than sitting in a classroom for 5 days. Think about it, this could be a great investment in your career.
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