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"
I’ve gathered a bunch of notes from conversations and time reflecting, thought I’d write them down to at least be able to look back at them once the storm has passed. I’m mindful about how much news I consume per day. I want to know how things are going and what has changed, but I […]Read more "Covid Thoughts, So Far"
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"
The notes! Attendance was the speaker dinner was great! Always nice to have a lot of people there. During the day logistics all went well, though it’s still a struggle for first time attendees to find the rooms that in are in the other building Lunchtime sponsor announcements didn’t work very well – if you […]Read more "Notes from SQLSaturday Tampa 2020"
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"