Saturday December 9th found me in Washington DC for SQL Saturday 173. As we are planning an event in Richmond, I opted to volunteer more than I have in the past so I could be closer to the logistics and see what the organizers had done. #SQLSat173 was organized by Chris Bell, a first time organizer, with a little assistance from his wife.
I knew putting on a SQL Saturday took a lot of work and the DC team put it all together nicely. While the content of the sessions would make most attendees happy, the DC team provided a few extras to give the attendees lots of reasons to enjoy themselves–there was food all day long, a Microsoft Kinect in the lobby, a hot lunch from Maggiano’s, and they had a Kindle Fire raffle for those that printed their speedpass. The DC team had wonderful sponsors that helped most of that possible and I hope to the RVA team can replicate some of that–with our own twist of course.
The DC team provided vests as a thank you to the speakers and volunteers. Here I am sporting mine. Oh course, I did make it to several sessions and I had a great time. My dad actually tagged along and enjoyed himself.
The one other treat was meeting with Karla Kay and chatting with her about some of the ideas we had for our event. As always, the SQL community is wonderful and I hope to see you out on the trail!