I’m going to SQL Rally! Are you going to SQL Rally? Have you heard of SQL Rally?
I’m glad you asked. SQL Rally is a new two day PASS conference. It’s a great cross between the PASS Summit and a SQL Saturday. For a couple days, you can come together with a few hundred (instead of a few thousand) SQL Server professionals.
There are 48 sessions over two days. A bit different from other conferences – all of the sessions were voted on by the SQL Server community. This is a chance for
This is the important thing – SQL Rally is affordable. For starters… if you register by April 12 the cost is $299. That’s a pretty decent value considering the people that will be presenting.
But what about the other costs? Hotel? Flight?
Let’s start with hotel… what is the purpose of the hotel? It’s a place to stay when you aren’t at SQL Rally. Amenities? Do you need a gym? Pool? Or great buffet? Nope, none of that. You need a bed. And preferably a shower. A little bit of searching and you might find a Red Roof Inn or Hojo within a couple miles for $about $33 a night. You also need to know how many nights? Two days of sessions and the day before and after leaves you with three nights. That brings the hotel cost to about $100.
Next you need to cover transportation… flight? Really think about this for a moment. SQL Rally is a great event for regional attendees. If you live within 4 or so hours from Orlando then really consider just driving in. If you do this, you are probably looking at about $100 in fuel fees.
Add this all up and you can be hanging out in Orlando for the SQL Rally for just around $500.
You may be like me and have to fly down to Orlando. Act now and you might be able to find a flight down for around $250. That’s what I’ve found… which brings my event total to around $750 to hang out with some great friends.
So – are you going?