What is SQLSaturday?
It's a free one day learning event for SQL Server professionals, loosely patterned on the well known Code Camp model, organized by the Jacksonville SQL Server Users Group (JSSUG) and supported by End to End Training of Orlando and the University of North Florida.
When and where will it be held?
SQLSaturday Jacksonville will be held May 2, 2009 at The University of North Florida Campus, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224 (if using Google please use "Building 50, 4567 St. Johns Bluff Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32224" as the address). Event check in will begin at 8 am, sessions begin at 9 am, and we expect to wrap up the event between 4:30 & 5:00 pm. Our thanks to Sherif Elfayoumy, Associate Professor of the School of Computing, for his efforts in making the facility available to us for the event.
When will the schedule of sessions be posted?
Our call for speakers is now open and it will take a few weeks before we finalize the schedule. We're expecting to have 30-40 different sessions by 20-30 different speakers. You can see what has been submitted so far and make your own suggestions on our session page.
Who will be speaking?
We can tell you that we expect to have SQL Server experts Andy Warren, Brian Knight, Chris Rock, Joe Healy, Pam Shaw, Wes Dumey, Michael Wells, and we hope that you will consider joining that list. We're looking for as wide a variety of speakers and topics as possible, ranging from beginner to expert, SSIS to tuning to warehousing, and from novice speaker to seasoned presenter. We definitely like to get as many local speakers on the schedule as we can - all you need is some knowledge, a lot of passion, and a willingness to give it a try. Not sure about a topic? Take a look at our session page. Need some help getting started with speaking?
Can I sponsor this event?
We do need sponsors to help subsidize the incidental costs of running the event and this is a great event to meet SQL Server professionals or to just give back to the community. If you are interested or want more information, please visit our sponsor page. You can view all our great sponsors here and we hope that most of them will be at the event.
What else can you tell me about the event?
- This event is free to anyone that wishes to attend
- Check in for the event opens at 8 am
- We'll have coffee and doughnuts for breakfast
- Sessions begin at 9 am - no keynote!
- We'll be raffling off prizes throughout the day and we'll save a few special ones for the end of the day
- We'll have a post event party - location to be announced - if you want to continue the talk after the sessions finish and maybe spend more time with our great speakers.
Directions & Hotels
Our primary hotel for the event will the Embassy Suites Jacksonville. Call the hotel directly to register and ask for the event rate of $89/night (includes internet access), it will be under Pragmatic Works, or if you register online use group code PGW. If you have problems getting a room please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*We do ask that you consider to OPT-IN for the Sponsors of this event. Without their assistance, we cannot bring this FREE event to you. You can always opt-out if and when they contact! Thank you for your consideration.
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