SQLSaturday Atlanta 2011–advance notice

Last night a small group of us (Aaron Nelson, Audrey Hammonds, Julie Smith, Tim Radney, and me) met to discuss this year’s upcoming SQL Saturday; our goal is to make it a bigger event than last year, but still try to keep it very community-centric.  Here’s a couple of bullet points that I can tease you with now:

  • We’re still looking for a venue, but our hope is to have at least 7 tracks of content.  We know that we’re going to push for attendee numbers between 300 & 450 (limited seating in the Atlanta area).
  • Our tentative date is September 24; that’s right before PASS Summit.
  • We’re playing around with the idea of a pre-con on the Friday before.  Deep-dive for a low-cost.
  • The event shirts WILL kick a$$.
  • We’re trying to figure out how to work with sponsors to make sure that they get a lot of value out of this; after all, they’re footing the bill, and we want to make sure they leave our event satisfied with the exposure they get.
  • If we can swing it, we’re thinking about one MAC-DADDY prize for attendees.  

A lot depends on finding the right location; good location = more attendee seating = more sponsor funds. Hopefully, we can secure something in the next week or so.

Keep you posted as things develop.

April 22, 2011 · stuart · 2 Comments
Posted in: Conferences, SQLServerPedia Syndication

2 Responses

  1. Todd Robinson - April 22, 2011

    Let me know if I can help.

  2. stuart - April 22, 2011

    Thanks, Todd; I know we’re definitely going to need a large crowd of volunteers on the day of event (as well as the usual assortment of speakers, etc). We’ll be placing a call out for volunteers probably starting in June.

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