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Dejan Sarka

PASS SQL Saturday #356 Slovenia Recapitulation

So the event is over. I think I can say for all three organizers, Mladen Prajdić, Matija Lah, and me, that we are tired now. However, we are extremely satisfied. It was a great event. First few numbers and comparison with SQL Saturday #274, the first SQL Saturday Slovenia event that took place last year.

SQL Saturday #274

SQL Saturday #356

People

135

220

Show rate

~87%

~95%

Proposed sessions

40

82

Selected sessions

15

24

Selected speakers

14

23

Countries

12

16

The numbers nearly doubled. We are especially proud of the show rate; with 95%, this is much better than average for a free event, and probably the highest so far for a SQL Saturday. We asked registered attendees to be fair and to unregister if they know they can’t attend the event in order to make room for those from the waiting list. An old Slovenian proverb says “A nice word finds a nice place”, and it works. 36 registered attendees unregistered. Therefore, we have to thank to both, the attendees of the event and those who unregistered.

Of course, as always, we also need to thank to all of the speakers, sponsors and volunteers. All volunteers were very helpful; however, I would like to especially point out Saša Mašič. Her work goes well beyond simple volunteering. I must mention also the FRI, the Faculty of Computer and Information Science, where the event was hosted for free. It is also worth mentioning that we are lucky to live in Ljubljana, such a beautiful city with extremely nice inhabitants who like to enjoy good food, hanging around and mingling, and long parties. Because of that we could be sure in advance that both speakers and attendees from other countries would enjoy spending time here also outside the event, that they would feel safe, and get help whenever they would need it.

From the organizational perspective, we tried to do our best, and we hope that everything was OK for speakers, sponsors, volunteers, and attendees. Thank you all!

Published Monday, December 15, 2014 1:28 PM by Dejan Sarka

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TheSQLGuru said:

There are SOO many great things to say about the event Dejan!  The three that really stand out for me as exceptional compared to the nearly 100 other SQL Saturday's I have spoken at are a) 5% the drop out rate you mentioned, b) the incredible hospitality shown to speakers (even ones like me that came in 3+ days in advance) and c) the amount of attendees that came from significant distances just to ATTEND the event!!

December 15, 2014 9:46 AM
 

Dejan Sarka said:

Kevin,

Thank you very much. It was a pleasure to have you here!

December 15, 2014 10:29 AM
 

Adam Machanic said:

Congrats, Dejan! A 5% drop rate is just ridiculously good; even paid events often get more than that.

December 16, 2014 9:25 AM
 

Dejan Sarka said:

Thank you, Adam!

December 16, 2014 11:23 AM

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About Dejan Sarka

Dejan Sarka, MCT and SQL Server MVP, is an independent consultant, trainer, and developer focusing on database & business intelligence applications. His specialties are advanced topics like data modeling, data mining, and data quality. He is the founder of the Slovenian SQL Server and .NET Users Group. Dejan Sarka is the main author or coauthor of fourteen books about databases and SQL Server. Dejan Sarka also developed and is developing many courses and seminars for SolidQ, Microsoft and Pluralsight. He is a regular speaker at many conferences worldwide for more than 15 years, including conferences like Microsoft TechEd, PASS Summit and others.

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