SQLRally 2011 Update

Can it really be less than 30 days to the first SQLRally? As I look back it seems like a very long journey and now that we’re close, the remaining time seems to be going by very quickly. I met with Jack Corbett on Friday to review the volunteer list and discuss plans for the sessions we have planned on Thursday after the regular day ends, the ones Jack has branded as Overdrive. Then I spent the rest of Friday afternoon reviewing options for some after hours events. We’ll publish full details later this week, but it looks like it will be something along the lines of this:

  • Tuesday evening – very informal and inexpensive meet up for those that want to get together
  • Wed evening – drinks and appetizer option for those that want to attend (buy your own), followed by miniature golf. Both designed to get you out of the hotel into the Florida weather and connecting with other SQL professionals
  • Thurs evening – a meet up at nearby Old Town, which is hard to describe, part county fair, part amusement park, part knick knack shops. They have, among other things, a first class go cart track and a mechanical bull. I’m envisioning some great video from that!

These are all voluntary and designed to be similar but scaled down to the kinds of activities we have at the PASS Summit. If you’re attending and want to do other things – absolutely! After hours is your time. But if you want to meet some new people and have some low key fun, we’re trying to provide an easy way to do that.

Want to host your own get together? You can always put together a group for dinner,or you can set up something and announce it on the site (after the regularly scheduled stuff of course). If you’re staying for the weekend you might consider heading to the Kennedy Space Center,taking an airboat ride (real Florida), or for some simple geek fun, head north about 30 minutes to Skycraft to see an amazing collection of surplus, well, everything!

I’ll be on site at hotel around 1:30 pm on the 10th helping to organize and stuff bags and whatever else, and I’ll be at all the after hours events. I hope to see you at one (or all) of them.

Don’t forget that after April 30th the price increases for the last time to the list price of $399. Save the $50 by registering this week!

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