SQL Saturday Spokane (Part 2: The Post Morteming)

Wow! The weekend was crazy but amazing as well. In my best dreams we got a little better than 50% buy in to our first SQL Saturday: I wasn’t sure where all our local DBAs were at and I expected that we’d end up rather student heavy. Instead we had 113 registered as of Saturday morning (including some middle of the night registrations) and 93 bodies through the door the day of: That’s an 82% attendance percentage! 72 of those folks (64%) were SQL Saturday first timers (and in an informal poll on Saturday many of them were new to PASS as well). 23 (20%) of those registered were students.

The event itself went rather smoothly: we were at a university in their classrooms so the technology aspect was well tested by daily use (we had an issue in one room and in the end just moved to a different open room). It’s been over a year since I had been able to make it a SQL Saturday or Summit and I’d forgotten how energizing it can be. I know that I’ve been struggling to be enthused about my job this winter but I have a new found energy that I can attribute directly to the chance to interact with such a great professional community. Even better we were able to really promote the local users group and I’ve already seen a better response to our next meeting that we’ve had in the past so I think we managed to find a lot more of our local DBAs here in Spokane. I’m looking forward to seeing them at our monthly meetings as well as SQL Saturday Spokane 2019. We’re definitely going to be doing this again and improving on our success this year.

2 comments

  1. rsterbal · 16 Days Ago

    How did the event do financially? What was the biggest non financial challenge?

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    • josh · 15 Days Ago

      We stayed in the black, primarily because I simply refused to spend uncommitted money: with a couple of late sponsor additions we have some seed money for next year to work to give us a head start on making it even better. The biggest non-financial challenge I think was attracting enough speakers to put together cohesive tracks. I think we did all right but for the next year I’d like to have an Database 101 track for students that is fully fleshed out. This first year we kind of rolled any non-technical or 101 level talk into a single track and I think it was a little bit of a disservice.

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