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Draft SQLRally Pre-Conference Seminar Proposal



Andy Waren (Blog | @sqlAndy), Jack Corbett (Blog | @unclebiguns), and Kendall Van Dyke (Blog | @SQLDBA) have been busy. They're working on SQLRally - a regional PASS event scheduled for May 2011 in Orlando. Andy does a good job explaining the thinking behind the event in his 31 Aug 2010 post: Positioning SQLRally in the PASS Event Universe.


Andy's 1 Sep 2010 post on the topic (SQLRally Pre-Con Selection Process – Draft for Comment) includes a draft document outlining a proposal for the pre-conference selection process. I see improvements over the current PASS Summit pre-/post-conference selection process (which I blogged about here). There's even community engagement in the mix.

The Big (Medium) Deal

I think Kendall summed it up well in this tweet:

Andy and the crew also did a good job with this table:

  Summit SQLRally SQLSaturday
Attendance +3000 Max 600 Avg of 250
Price $995 – $1995 $299 Free
Duration 3 Days 2 Days 1 Day
Sessions/Tracks 160+ 40-48 12-50
Keynote Yes No Sometimes
Exhibit Hall Yes No No
Organizers HQ HQ/Local Chapter Local leaders
Meals Seated buffett Boxed lunch Pizza/Box Lunch

SQLRally is positioned as a regional event. I think regional SQL Server events is a market that's currently underserved and look forward to PASS's offering. Given the SQL Server Community talent behind this event, I'm sure it will be awesome!

:{> Andy


Published Thursday, September 2, 2010 8:00 AM by andyleonard

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Andy Warren said:

Andy, thanks for the post and the compliments. Looking forward to your thoughts on the details of the pre-con process.

September 2, 2010 8:53 AM

Steve Jones said:

Well a Lamborghini is fairly impractical on a daily basis, though it looks good and might be fun once in awhile ;). I'm a Porsche guy, and it's a great, fun, practical way to get around.

I think the Rally fits in a good slot. It helps reach out to a lot of people that will never attend a Summit. I'd like to see more events of this magnitude, a 2 day, cheaper event that helps get some of the conference experience to people.

September 2, 2010 11:36 AM

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