For quite a few years, Nashville, and then Chattanooga had a conference called Devlink. It was low on cost, and high on education, and run by the awesome John Kellar (@johnkellar), who wrote the forward of my 2012 book. It was an amazing conference and was the place where I learned (well, in many cases learned about) a lot of stuff that existed in the non-Transact SQL world that I keep my head firmly planted in; along with a great database track that lots of my SQL Community friends presented. Kellar ended the Devlink conference a few year ago, and I, along with a lot of others was pretty bummed.
To fill this void, another great person (and fellow Microsoft MVP), Gaines Kergosien (@gainesk) and his team of people, started putting on Music City Code (@musiccitycode, musiccitycode.com) as a way to help replace the void left for a larger, general purpose programming conference in Nashville. One of the tough parts about putting on a conference is getting the word out. It isn't like one can advertise on TV and Radio, so I want to do my part to help you as a SQL Server professional to decide to either submit to speak and/or attend Music City Code. I actually didn't hear about Music City Code until I met Gaines at a session at the Nashville SQL Server BI user group where I was doing a lightning talk on picking speakers.
With 3 days of sessions (including longer day long sessions and typical hour long ones too), there will be plenty to get excited about. The dates are 1-3 Jun 2017, and will be located at Vanderbilt University in Nashville (Music City, y'all). I spoke last year, and plan to submit several sessions again this year (once I figure out what I want to speak about!) The deadline is March 1st, but it started on Feb 1, so you will want to submit as soon as you can. (https://www.musiccitycode.com/p/call-for-speakers-4). Last year, the only thing that the conference lacked for me were more sessions on data oriented topics. There were some really great sessions of general appeal, along with a major highlight was that they had Melinda Walker from OneSquigglyLine.com live draw several of the sessions, including one on IT Community:
With plenty of learning, fun (did I mention they did a jam session every day at lunch?), and opportunities to meet interesting people and hang out and talk about computer topics (all for a tremendously amazing price!) like here where we were discussing "Moving Past Scrum?":
Why not give it a try? Just check musiccitycode.com for details.