I know that we don’t yet know how the 2020 Summit will turn out, but I’ll make some guesses: A lot of people like it for the lower cost, no travel, and lower stress A lot of people will still want the in-person option if it’s available next year (or whenever) I know, not exactly […]Read more "Thinking About the 2021 PASS Summit"
I’m sure it’s no surprise, but we’ve decided to cancel SQLSaturday Orlando 2020. We decided a couple weeks ago but it’s been tough to summon the energy to write it down – we’ve had a continuous run since 2007 and we hated to break the chain. We considered a virtual event, but for me it […]Read more "Cancelling SQLSaturday Orlando 2020"
Some thoughts on the PASS Virtual Summit this year: Clearly the in-person option wasn’t doable. Just too hard to know infection rate, local rules, employer travel guidelines, attendee and speaker risk tolerance – all factors. Plus, social distancing is really the antithesis of what the in-person event is about. That leaves the option of going […]Read more "Thoughts on the PASS Virtual Summit"
We’ve cancelled our upcoming Meetups in April and May due the loss of our venue (due to corona virus worries) though we would have probably cancelled them anyway. Our lunch meetups – typically 5 to 10 attendees – remain scheduled, but we’ll evaluate those as we get closer to the dates. For the most part […]Read more "SQLOrlando Update"
One the things I’ve been doing over the last year is sending out a monthly reminder email of upcoming events. Not revolutionary, I know. I’m sharing what we do now to make that newsletter happen. It’s definitely a process that continues to evolve as we balance effort and value to those on the various lists. […]Read more "Building the Monthly Newsletter for SQLOrlando"
Code Camp will be March 28th, 2020 at Seminole State College. The fifteenth consecutive year! They are definitely interested in developer/end user SQL content and would like at least one full track of SQL topics. So…submit something! Call for speakers closes Feb 17.Read more "Call for Speakers for Orlando Code Camp 2020 is Open"
Feb 29, 2020 is the date for SQLSaturday Tampa, number 951. The call for speakers is open through January 10th, so you don’t have much time to get something submitted! I’ve submitted a couple of sessions already and may also be on a panel that Dale and team are working on.Read more "SQLSaturday Tampa 2020 (On Leap Day!)"
I want to wrap up the notes on SQLSaturday by writing about my approach to managing events that I’ve evolved at SQLSaturday but definitely applies to most events and perhaps to many things beyond that. I don’t that it’s original, when I searched I found it be somewhat similar to the six thinking hats, but […]Read more "SQLSaturday Orlando Notes – The Five Hats"
One of the things we’ve done most years in Orlando is to print poster sized schedules. This started out as a supplement to giving everyone a printed schedule and soon replaced it. Posting a handful of these is easy and when the schedule changes, you just send someone with a Sharpie to update them. As […]Read more "SQLSaturday Orlando Notes – Large Printed Schedules"
We just had our final event of the year and looking back, not bad at all. No event in June or November, but 18 overall (16 listed below, plus SQLSaturday, plus I forget to add the half day precon SQLGrease did on Sep 27). Looking at the list I realize we need to work on […]Read more "SQLOrlando 2019"