The PASS Summit 2010 Call for Speakers is closed. When the call went out I offered to review abstracts for anyone interested, which gave me a view into the content of the next PASS, albeit a filtered view, but what I did see was encouraging. In all I reviewed about 50 abstracts (several of these I found on my junk folder, so I apologize to any that I didn’t see.) The abstracts I reviewed had a mix of new topics and core technologies from new speakers, regulars, and a few MVPs.
The observation that stood out to me was the enthusiasm of the new speakers. Several abstracts came from speakers who have spoken at SQL Saturdays and user groups, but have never presented at the PASS Summit. As a group they were excited about the prospect of presenting at PASS, open to suggestions, and eager to polish their presentation. This means that SQL Saturday and the user groups are accomplishing one of their goals: grooming new speakers. It also means fresh voices at the 2010 PASS Summit. I for one welcome the enthusiasm and applaud those new speakers willing to step up to the stage, and I’m looking forward to this year’s Summit.
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About Paul Nielsen
Paul Nielsen believes SQL is the romance language of data. As such he’s a hands-on database developer, Microsoft SQL Server MVP, trainer, and author of SQL Server Bible series (Wiley). As a data architect, he developed the concepts of Smart Database Design and Nordic – an open source O/R dbms for SQL Server. He lives in Colorado Springs.