In addition to being an amazing opportunity for both technical and professional development, PASS Summit is a #sqlfamily reunion and a huge networking event. Catching up with old friends, meeting new ones, finding out who’s doing what with which technologies, etc.
This is one of the few times each year I’m anything even approaching a social butterfly and I’ve had one or two people ask about my schedule so we can plan meetups. Summit is so huge that you have to plan these things. You can’t count on randomly bumping into people around the convention center or city, and if you happen to spot someone you really want to meet, you have to take advantage of that opportunity the first time it presents itself.
I will have some dbatools badge ribbons with me this year, but I waited too long to re-order so they’ll probably run out early. Get ’em while you can!
So, with less than two weeks until we’re all together in Seattle, where will I be found? Here’s my schedule thus far for “extracurriculars” – non-session, non-keynote time. Keep in mind that this is just what I have booked right now – I’ve purposely kept time open as I know other things will pop up, plus I like to see where the breeze takes me
Note: I’m an early(ish) riser and while I’m not out until 3 AM at #SQLKaraoke, I don’t turn in at 9 PM either. I’m always ready for a late-night snack & beer or if you want to grab breakfast, we can probably make that happen Thursday or Friday.
- 12:00 – My flight is scheduled to arrive in Seattle
- 13:30 – 13:30 – PASS Local User Group Leader meeting. I’ll probably arrive late and I expect to catch some flak from Grant for that.
- 16:00 – 18:30 – SQL Trail Mix
- 18:00 – 19:30 – v.20 Celebration
- 19:30 – 22:30 – I’ll be at an event off-site.
- Breakfast with my Summit Buddies crew
- 11:30 – 12:30 – Hosting the Development & Administration Tools Birds of a Feather table in the Quest Dining Hall
- 15:00 – 18:00 – Community Zone US East Spotlight hours. I won’t be there the full 3 hours but as I’m in the US East region, I’ll be there for a while meeting folks.
- 19:00 – 21:00 – I’ll be at an event off-site.
- 20:30 – 22:30 – I’ll be at a different event off-site.
- Sometime – I need to find a geocache so I can get one day closer to having a find recorded on each day of the calendar year. Fortunately, there are a couple very close to the convention center
- 11:00 – 12:00 – The Apress booth will be hosting a signing for Malathi Mahadevan’s (b|t) book Data Professionals at Work, along with a SentryOne giveaway. Looking forward to picking up a copy of the book and getting it signed by the contributors, high school yearbook style!
- 11:30 – 12:30 – Lunch
- 12:45 – 13:45 – I’ll be posted as a PASS Ambassador in the 6ABC Lobby helping people find their rooms and sessions. I’ll be wearing a red PASS vest for visibility.
- 17:00 – 18:00 – PASS Board Q&A
- 19:00 – 22:30 – Games Night in Ballroom 6A. If you aren’t signed up for one of these (they’re happening both Wednesday and Thursday nights), it’s really a good time to unwind and have a relaxing evening talking with people over a board or card game.
- 12:00 – 13:00 – Hosting the Migrating SQL Server Birds of a Feather table in the Quest Dining Hall
- 13:00 – 14:00 – I’ll be posted as a PASS Ambassador on the Skybridge, once again in the red PASS vest
- 22:15 – Plane leaves Seattle. If you’re flying out on JetBlue, hang out with Matt (b|t) & me in the terminal!
Please ping me on Twitter or the SQL Community Slack (
@alevyinroc there too) if you want to meet up during the week, whether it’s to grab a bite to eat, attend a session together, get a beer, trade badge ribbons, or just say hi!