Can you host a SQL Saturday?Lightning Talk     John Sterrett     Senior DBA     Remote DBA Experts                        ...
About Me….I am a Remote DBA Expert• Responsible 100+ Instances of SQL Server• Senior DBA on Integration TeamMid-Atlantic R...
My SQL Saturday Story..• Been to code camps but never attended  SQL Saturday• Wanted to put West Virginia on the SQL  Serv...
Tips from previous SQL Saturday’s• Find a very cheap facility for your event.• Form a team of at least two people to  orga...
If you build it they will come..• Target cities within three hour driving  distance.• Focus marketing on SQL User Groups, ...
How do I build my budget?Budget = Money Raised – Money SpentUse Microsoft UGSS to help fund your event.Include local headh...
Where can you go for help?PASS HeadquartersRegional MentorsSponsorsMicrosoft Evangelists and UGSSPeople who organized a SQ...
Finally….A quote from Aaron Nelson @SQLVarient“ If a SQL Saturday can happen inWheeling, WV it can happen anywhere.”      ...
Complete the Evaluation Formto Win!Win a Dell Mini Netbook – every day – just forsubmitting your completed form. Each sess...
Thank youfor attending this session and the2011 PASS Summit in Seattle                                     October 11-14, ...
Microsoft SQL                Microsoft               Ask The Experts             Hands-on Labs  Server Clinic             ...
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Can You Host a SQL Saturday?

  1. 1. Can you host a SQL Saturday?Lightning Talk John Sterrett Senior DBA Remote DBA Experts October 11-14, Seattle, WA
  2. 2. About Me….I am a Remote DBA Expert• Responsible 100+ Instances of SQL Server• Senior DBA on Integration TeamMid-Atlantic Region MentorFounder of WVPASS (SQL UG)Host of SQL Saturday #36 and #80I reside in Wheeling, WV (Pittsburgh, PA) Session Code | Session Title 2
  3. 3. My SQL Saturday Story..• Been to code camps but never attended SQL Saturday• Wanted to put West Virginia on the SQL Server Map.• Wanted to test the waters to see if we could build a user group. Session Code | Session Title 3
  4. 4. Tips from previous SQL Saturday’s• Find a very cheap facility for your event.• Form a team of at least two people to organize the event.• Team up with other organizations• Provide nametags• Don’t be a presenter if you are hosting an event.• Make sure you attend a session. Session Code | Session Title 4
  5. 5. If you build it they will come..• Target cities within three hour driving distance.• Focus marketing on SQL User Groups, .NET User Groups, AITP and other IT groups.• Target local companies IT staffs.• Blog, tweet and hit the message boards• Try to provide a unique experience for people traveling to your event. Session Code | Session Title 5
  6. 6. How do I build my budget?Budget = Money Raised – Money SpentUse Microsoft UGSS to help fund your event.Include local headhunters, training companiesand economic development groups inpotential sponsors list. Session Code | Session Title 6
  7. 7. Where can you go for help?PASS HeadquartersRegional MentorsSponsorsMicrosoft Evangelists and UGSSPeople who organized a SQL Saturday#SQLHELPSQLSaturday wikiSQL Saturday LinkedIn Groups Session Code | Session Title 7
  8. 8. Finally….A quote from Aaron Nelson @SQLVarient“ If a SQL Saturday can happen inWheeling, WV it can happen anywhere.” Session Code | Session Title 8
  9. 9. Complete the Evaluation Formto Win!Win a Dell Mini Netbook – every day – just forsubmitting your completed form. Each sessionevaluation form represents a chance to win.Pick up your evaluation form:• In each presentation room Sponsored by Dell• Online on the PASS Summit websiteDrop off your completed form:• Near the exit of each presentation room• At the Registration desk• Online on the PASS Summit website Session Code | Session Title 12
  10. 10. Thank youfor attending this session and the2011 PASS Summit in Seattle October 11-14, Seattle, WA
  11. 11. Microsoft SQL Microsoft Ask The Experts Hands-on Labs Server Clinic Product Pavilion @ Dev Pods Work through your Talk with Microsoft SQL Meet Microsoft SQL Get experienced throughtechnical issues with SQL Server & BI experts to Server Engineering self-paced & instructor- Server CSS & get learn about the next team members & led labs on our cloud architectural guidance version of SQL Server SQL MVPs based lab platform - from SQLCAT and check out the new bring your laptop or use Database Consolidation HP provided hardware Appliance Room 611 Expo Hall 6th Floor Lobby Room 618-620 Session Code | Session Title 14

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