The last week of October, we’ll be at the PASS Summit in Seattle, WA. As some of you already know – and as I said last year and the year before – “this is the highlight of most SQL Server speakers’ years…a sort of educational, Christmassy nerdfest, with a feel of a class reunion mixed in.” It’s gonna be a blast, again-again, and so here’s some of the stuff you should know about.
Edit for PSA: If you’re the type to get a flu shot, NOW would be a good time. #NerdFlu is a thing. Got to give the vaccination time to take effect!
24 Hours of PASS – 24 hours of live, free webcasts – is September 7.
Taking part, if you can’t attend
The keynotes and luncheons are usually live broadcast, and you can order session recordings to cuddle up with at home. I suppose you can put on a kilt, go hit a karaoke bar with friends, drink too much, and contract the nerd flu, if it’ll make you feel more like you were at Summit. That’s what I’d do.
Some of the best stuff, if you’re there
I’ll update this section as new stuff is announced.
Right before the Summit starts:
- There is no official #SQLLongRun this year that I know of, but I’m thinking of doing my own personal long run the Monday of the Summit. So, you know, that’s a thing.
- Monday, October 24 (5-7pm), have a meetup with the MidnightDBAs at Top Pot Doughnuts on 5th Ave. Yes, it’s donuts for dinner, and we’re fine with that. Or consider it a sweet, sweet appetizer. Register now!
- Consider going on a 5k walk or run on Wednesday morning! See #SQLRun.
During the Summit:
- There’s usually a first timer orientation on Tuesday night, right before the welcome reception. I haven’t seen news about this…anyone else?
- Come see us in the vendor area! MinionWare.net is an official PASS Summit 2016 sponsor, and we’re really excited about it. While you’re at it, follow us on Twitter: @HeyMinionWare.
- Hit a luncheon or two: Women in Technology, and/or the Birds of a Feather (if they’re having it this year…I haven’t heard yet).
- Drop by the evening events. The Welcome Reception is usually worthwhile, and the Community Appreciation Party was at the quite awesome EMP Museum in 2014! (No idea yet where it is this year…)
- There are always more events, so keep an eye on Twitter and on the Summit website for photowalks, karaoke, Kilt Day, and more.
P.S. For those who missed something in particular from this announcement, email or DM or email me with your questions. Apologies to the rest of you for the cryptic postscript.