|Ted Malone presenting on Application Lifecycle|
This event in Colorado was held at an indoor family fun center, fully equipped with an indoor Go Kart race track, mini-golf, laser tag, video games and more. Attendees were provided with game cards at which we used at breaks to, well, compete with each other in these realms. It was a great method to be social with otherwise complete strangers sharing an interest in SQL Server that Saturday. Oh, did I mention the sessions on SQL Server.
The morning began with networking, an interesting meet and greet session to break the ice. Then the sessions began. There were 15 sessions put into three tracks, enough to overwhelm anyone, beginner or experienced alike. I was fortunate to attend sessions by Chris Randall, Meredith Ryan-Smith, Randy Knight and Ted Malone. I was also very happy to meet in person and make some new friends:
PASS Regional Mentor, TJay Belt
Chris Randall | @cfrandall
Meredith Ryan-Smith | @coffegrl
Randy Knight | @randy_knight
TJ Belt | @tjaybelt
Bill Pearson | @Bill_Pearson
Steve Jones | @way0utwest
Doug Lane | @douglane4
Kelly Martinez | @greeleygeek
Aside from this being my first SQL Saturday as an attendee, this was my first as a speaker as well. I took the liberty to present on the subject of SQL Server Security. I await to receive constructive criticism so I can improve as a speaker, and be able to present more on the subject. I also posted my slide deck on a previous post if interested. I can not compare to other SQL Saturdays as an attendee or speaker, but I will not forget the atmosphere, hockey theme, laser tag battles, mini-golf, new acquaintances and overall, fun.
Thank you to all the hard working organizers, volunteers and sponsors for putting on a great event.