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February 1, 2012

and so it begins… SQL Saturday Tampa 110

Filed under: SQL Saturday — sqlpam @ 10:22 pm

I am starting the push for getting things together for our next SQL Saturday in Tampa.  This will be my fifth.  Every year seems to be a little bigger and hopefully, better.  The call for speakers just closed.  This year it has been a bit daunting.  We received 110 sessions by 43 speakers.  Based on the numbers, a lot of these were multiple sessions per speaker.

I want to try something a little different this year – based on some of the recent events put on by PASS, I am asking the community to assist with selecting the sessions.  The first pass thru the mix will be to limit one session per speaker.  To this end, I have done the geeky thing of importing the sessions and writing a report that would give me the information to best make the decisions- in SSRS of course – and exported it to Excel.  It is now located at http://tinyurl.com/6uwy7s4If you are game, please download and fill in your preferences for each speaker.  It will look empty so you will need to navigate to the top.  When you have done what you want – plese email it to me at SQLSaturdayPam@live.com.  Your assistance with would be greatly appreciated.

I’ll keep you informed as to our progress…

Ammendment: I received a response via twitter that had a comma delimited string of session IDs – this worked well if you would prefer to not mess with the spreadsheet.  Thanks again

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3 Comments »

  1. Surprised at the first pass cutting each speaker to just one session. Not sure this will guarantee you get the best presentations for the event. It also opens up the potential for getting unbalanced amounts of sessions for the different tracks.

    Comment by thesqlguru — February 3, 2012 @ 11:31 am | Reply

    • It is tough that we only have a limited number of slots. My attempt to secure more rooms from a venue across the street fell thru. I am expanding the time slots to start earlier and end later so that I can get 42 slots. In the past we have had 2 rooms that were less than desirable – one was a board room – the other a foyer to interview rooms. More speakers and attendees gave negative feed back on the foyer room to a point that it has been eliminated. I could not do the same for the board room. At this point I have 43 speakers – so almost everyone gets one session. Alternates will be selected and used for drop out slots. At least this year I am not turning away more than 10 speakers.

      Please remember that the original mission of SQL Saturday was to provide a vehicle for speakers to get experience on a local level in preparation for bigger events like Rally and Summit. Some of the speakers on the roster have no reputation at this point – but that is the point – this event is supposed to be a means for them to develop that reputation.

      My event has been blessed to have such a great mix of speaker experience – so much so that I need help choosing. Please spread the word.

      Comment by sqlpam — February 3, 2012 @ 11:59 am | Reply

  2. Oh, I absolutely agree that SQL Saturday’s are a great way to groom new speakers! And hopefully the mix you come out with on the first pass will match the tracks well. I have seen a number of SQL Saturday events though where a preponderance of the submitted sessions were focused in a single main area (BI typically).

    Comment by thesqlguru — February 3, 2012 @ 12:28 pm | Reply


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