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SQL Saturday Dallas Update

Just a quick update on the SQL Saturday event we are planning for the Dallas area next year.  Late last week our local event planning committee met to discuss the big stuff (venue, date, and advertising) and came away with a short but critical action list. 

We’ve got a venue that has given soft confirmation to accommodate us, and we’re working to lock that in this week.  For the event date, we had to dodge a number of other events in our January/February timeframe; the remaining Saturdays were January 23 and January 30, and we expect to have a decision between the two in the next week or so.  We’ve got some folks who are contacting potential advertisers, both international and local, to help fund what we expect to be an event with 500 or more professionals in the database, development, and business fields.  [Sidebar: If you are a business principal interested in sponsoring this event, let me know – tdmitch at gmail.]

There are still significant decisions to be made and lots of work to do.  Once the date is set, we’ll publish the event to the SQL Saturday website and open it up to registrations and speaker abstracts. Later, the abstracts will need to be reviewed and the schedule created from the submitted sessions.  I’ll also be contacting several high-profile speakers to see if they can work this event into their schedule.  We need to arrange catering for lunch, along with donuts, snacks, and drinks for the remainder of the day.  We will be seeking a host hotel for out-of-town attendees, and the speaker reception and post-event party will need to be set up.  That’s just the big stuff – there are flyers to print, conference bags to stuff, tables to set up and tear down, and hundreds of other little things that (hopefully) will be planned well in advance.

Fortunately, we’ve got a good group that has expressed a willingness to get involved.  Our combined area user groups (Dallas and Ft. Worth) represent hundreds of technical professionals, and we’ve already had a number of volunteers come forward and offer to help organize the event or present a session.  Several of our group, myself included, have been to SQL Saturday events before and have been witness to what works and what could use improvement.

In the meantime, we’re still gathering a list of volunteers.  If you’re interested in helping plan or execute this event, please let me know and I’ll add you to our volunteer contact list.  We’re also building a list of those interested in presenting, and we’ve already heard from several of you who would like to speak.

I’ll keep the updates coming as things develop.

Tim Mitchell

Tim Mitchell is a business intelligence consultant, author, trainer, and Microsoft Data Platform MVP with over thirteen years of data management experience. He is the founder and principal of Tyleris Data Solutions.

Tim has spoken at international and local events including the SQL PASS Summit, SQLBits, SQL Connections, along with dozens of tech fests, code camps, and SQL Saturday events. He is coauthor of the book SSIS Design Patterns, and is a contributing author on MVP Deep Dives 2.

You can visit his website and blog at TimMitchell.net or follow him on Twitter at @Tim_Mitchell.


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Posted by Patrick LeBlanc on 14 September 2009

Count me in as a speaker.

Posted by karlakay22 on 21 October 2009

Tim, when exactly are you planning to have it?  I don't see it posted up on the SQL Saturday site. Rodney and I are both hoping to come out to Dallas for it, but of course will need to coordinate (both our jobs require us to travel quite a bit, so hopefully this will work out for us to come to Dallas). Btw, will you be at PASS?  


Posted by Tim Mitchell on 21 October 2009


We had some date conflicts and had to back off of our planned dates in February.  We're looking to late spring(late Mar - April - early May) now.  As soon as we get the date and venue set, I'll be in touch with prospective speakers, both you and Rodney included.

And yes, I'll be at PASS.  See you there!


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