Ready for SQL on the Slopes?
If you haven’t already heard, SQL Saturday #104 is coming to Colorado Springs on January 7th, 2012. Woo hoo! Hold onto your beanies (knit hats for those of you wondering)! It’s the first SQL Saturday of the New Year and it’s going to be fantastic! Personally, I’m in awe of the mind-boggling speaker and session line up we have! Kudos to Jeremy (Web | Twitter) and Chris (Blog | Twitter) for the great selection! It could not have been an easy task given all the great submissions. If you haven’t already, check it out now! Please note that the schedule isn’t written in stone and is subject to change. Last year we had 3 session tracks. With all the impressive submissions we’ve received, we’ve expanded to 5 (Yes, 5!) tracks for Business Intelligence, Database Development and Administration! Are you in awe yet? Yes? No? Read on!
Interested in Professional Development? If you said “YES!”, then you’re in luck! We’re also including time slots for you to review your resume with a professional resume writer! Sweet! How do you sign up? No worries! It’ll be easy. When you arrive and check in at the registration table, there will be a sign up sheet for time slots. Please note that it will be on a first come first served basis.
Room to Grow
For those who remember the rooms we used last year, guess what? For SQL Saturday 104, we have claimed a bigger and even better main room that even comes with *gasp* an actual stage! What’s even better news? It’s in a separate area of the facility from which we shouldn’t hear what’s going on outside of the room. That means we shouldn’t hear any mayhem generated by the bumper cars or go karts. Since I really like you guys, I’ll even give you a sneak peak of what it looks like. I snuck a few pictures while we were touring the facility. Yeah, I’m sneaky like that… Keep in mind the configuration / layout of the room may change by then. This is just to give you an idea.
Food for Thought… and for Your Tummy
For SQL Saturday #66, we had a great spread of food (not pizza!), and I bet it’ll be just as good or even better this time.
What makes lunch even better is that we’ll have a few round table discussions including WIT (Women in Technology), Professional Development, and Sponsors. Curious as to who will be at the WIT round table? Can you hazard a few guesses? Yes? No? Joining the WIT round table will be none other than Karen Lopez (Web | Twitter), Meredith Ryan-Smith (Blog | Twitter), myself (scary, I know), and a special guest to be announced soon. And the crowd goes wild! This will be my first time participating in a round table discussion so please be nice and patient with me.
Update: We are very happy to announce that Thomas LaRock (Blog | Twitter) has agreed to participate in the WIT round table! Yay! Also, chances are fairly good I won’t be able to participate. Instead, I’ll probably be running around helping to make sure everything is running smoothly.
What about stuff like Laser Tag, Mini Golf, Go Karts and so on, you ask? Have no fear! Since it was a huge success last year, we’re including the fun social interactions once again during breaks. So if you’re up to chasing after fellow SQL peeps during Laser Tag or challenging them to a round of go karts, we’ve got you covered. As for what games we’ll actually be including, you’ll just have to show up to find out!
I’ve heard that Colorado boasts some of the best skiing in the country, but don’t take my word for it. Check it out for yourself! Join us on Sunday, January 8th, as we board the “SQL Bus” to Monarch Mountain for a fun-filled day of skiing! Not much for skiing? Then just hang out and relax! What could be better than watching your fellow SQL peeps fall on their… err, SSAS… ? Say no more? You’re ready to sign up? Great! Sign up here! Please note that this ski trip is an optional paid outing.
Don’t wait! We need you to register for SQL Saturday so we can get a good idea of how many people to expect and can plan accordingly. Can’t wait to see you there!
Last but most definitely not least, I want to give a huge thanks to our wonderful sponsors. Without them, this wouldn’t be possible. Please take a few minutes of your time to visit their web sites.
Party! Party! Party!
If you’re in the southern Colorado area, please join us for the Colorado Springs SQL Server User Group’s annual Holiday Party on Wednesday, December 7th! We’ll be meeting in the VIP Bowling area at Mr. Biggs starting at 5:30 pm for a great dinner (can you say ribs? Nom nom nom), Bowling and Laser Tag courtesy of our wonderful friends at redgate! Thank you, redgate! Bring your family! We need you to sign up here (it’s free) so we can get a good idea of how many people to plan for. See you there!
Oh and I probably shouldn’t mention there’s a full bar nearby…