This month’s host for T-SQL Tuesday is the Real SQL Guy, Tracy McKibben (blog|twitter). In honor of Ada Lovelace Day Tracy has asked us to write about our heroes. I think Ada Lovelace is a great example of a hero and an inspiration as the first computer programmer, but I’ve decided to make my focus a little more local.
A little over two years ago I was starting to get more involved in PASSMN. The people on the PASSMN Board inspired me with their commitment and willingness to donate their time and knowledge to the Minnesota SQL Server community. At the time I didn’t know the board members as people. I viewed them with a certain amount of awe and nervously volunteered to speak and to help with events like SQL Saturday. It was easy to see them as heroes and they inspired me to push myself.
Maybe it is all of the activity these days around planning the current SQL Saturday, but I realized that I am now working side by side with some of these amazing people. My heroes are my fellow board PASSMN board members. They all do work that no one ever knows about and put in hours of volunteer time to help create the great SQL Server community we have here in Minnesota. I can’t begin to list all of the work these people do, but I want everyone to know how great they are. In no particular order here are the PASSMN Board heroes:
Saturday September 6th: SQL Saturday #320 in Raleigh, NC
Saturday September 13th: SQL Saturday #300 in Kansas City, MO
Tuesday September 16th: PASSMN September Meeting
Wednesday September 24th: Presenting at MADPASS in Madison, WI
As a part of the PASSMN Board I spend a lot of time talking about SQL and a lot of time talking about talking about SQL. (Trust me that is a real sentence.)
Each month at our user group meetings we have someone present on something that relates to our careers as SQL Server professionals and each year we host a SQL Saturday where we usually have at about 35-40 different people present. We are lucky in the Twin Cities because it isn’t usually hard to fill those spots. We have a lot of people involved in our community and many people who enjoy speaking or at least see the value in it.
Recently I have been encouraging some first time speakers to submit a session for SQL Saturday Mineesota #332. The usual first question is, “What should I talk about?” That’s not what this post is about. I may put something together on that later, but this is going to be a step by step instruction manual for how to submit a session. With screen shots and everything.
Saturday March 29th: SQL Saturday #287 in Madison, WI
Tuesday April 1st: PASSMN Tabletop Gaming and Pizza Night (No Foolin’)
Saturday April 26th: SQL Saturday #291 in Chicago, IL
Saturday October 12th: SQL Saturday #238 in my own back yard.
Monday October 14: I will be attending Redgate’s SQL in the City Charlotte, NC.
October 15-8: My first time attending the PASS Summit!
On Saturday October 19th: I will be presenting at SQL Saturday #237 BI Edition in Charlotte, NC.
I have been to three SQL Saturdays in April and each one was great, but because I have been so busy I haven’t had much time to reflect on things. I’m not sure May is going to any less busy, but I wanted to get some thoughts down about SQL Saturday #175, because it is sure to be legendary. It was the first SQL Saturday in North Dakota and hopefully the spark for the a user group in Fargo. To accommodate the need for a quick post and the desire to document this experience I am going to resort to the time tested internet format – the top 10 list.
Top 10 Things That Were Awesome About SQL Saturday Fargo