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Rob Farley

- Owner/Principal with LobsterPot Solutions (a MS Gold Partner consulting firm), Microsoft Certified Master, Microsoft MVP (SQL Server), APS/PDW trainer and leader of the SQL User Group in Adelaide, Australia. Rob is a former director of PASS, and runs training courses around the world in SQL Server and BI topics.

How many people will be with you during 24HOP?

In less than a week, SQLPASS hosts another 24 Hours of PASS event, this time with an array of 24 female speakers (in honour of this month being Women’s History Month).

Interestingly, the committee has had a few people ask if there are rules about how the event can be viewed, such as “How many people from any one organisation can watch it?” or “Does it matter if a few people are crowded around the same screen?”

From a licensing and marketing perspective, there is value in knowing how many people are watching the event, but there are no restrictions about how the thing is viewed.

In fact – if you’re planning to watch any of these events, I want to suggest an idea:

Book a meeting room in your office with a projector, and watch 24HOP in there.

If you’re planning to have it streaming in the background while you work, obviously this makes life a bit trickier. But if you’re planning to treat it as a training event (a 2-day conference if you like) and block out a bit of time for it (as well you should – there’s going to be some great stuff in there), then why not do it in a way that makes it so that other people can see that you’re watching it, and potentially join you.

Lecture Hall Seats

When an event like this runs, we can see how many different ‘people’ are attending each LiveMeeting session. What we can’t tell is how many actual people there are represented. Jessica Moss spoke to the Adelaide SQL Server User Group a few weeks ago via LiveMeeting, and LiveMeeting told us there were less than a dozen people attending. Really there were at least three times that number, because all the people in the room with me weren’t included.

I’d love to imagine that every LiveMeeting attendee represented a crowd in a room, watching a shared screen.

So there’s my challenge – don’t let your LiveMeeting session represent just you. Find a way of involving other people. At the very least, you’ll be able to discuss it with them afterwards. Now stick a comment on this post to let me know how many people are going to be joining you. :)

If you’re not registered for the event yet, get yourself over to the SQLPASS site and make it happen.

Published Wednesday, March 09, 2011 6:58 PM by Rob Farley

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Dave Dustin said:

I wish I could share 24hop with others, but our timezones are only slighly worse than ours.  The first sessions kick of 0100 and we finish each day at 1300.

But we're used to that however and plan accordingly; waiting for the videos to become available (baring recording screw-ups) and then run them for user groups / businesses at reasonable hours.

March 9, 2011 3:35 AM
 

Rob Farley said:

You have the morning of your workday overlapping with 24hop. For me, it's 10:30pm to 10:30am, so hardly any of it does.

But regardless of whether Aussies are asleep or not, I'm picturing people in the US and Europe watching the event in crowds...

March 10, 2011 10:01 PM

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