PASS SQLSaturdays empower data professionals who leverage Microsoft technologies to connect, share, and learn through networking, education, and peer-based learning. These are just some of the ways that PASS helps data professionals future-proof their careers with interactive learning built by community and guided by trusted data experts. PASS provides community leaders with the tools and knowledge needed to organize and host a free day of training for Microsoft data professionals. At the local event level, SQLSaturday events:
- Provide local data professionals with excellent training and networking opportunities
- Develop, grow, and encourage new speakers
- Encourage increased membership for the PASS Local Group
How It Started
The SQLSaturday concept took shape in May 2007, with the first SQL Server focused event, taking place in October 2007. From the start, the hope was to leverage the SQLSaturday model, investments, and lessons learned to help other cities and groups host their own events. Tampa, Florida held an event in February 2008, and SQLSaturday events have grown steadily ever since, with close to 120 events taking place each year. PASS continues to collect feedback to continually improve the event model and encourage more events to take place all over the world. PASS also maintains and supports the SQLSaturday website resources, which reduce the time and effort required to plan and execute the event.
Funding and Ownership of SQLSaturday
The SQLSaturday brand name and website are owned by PASS. PASS licenses the use of both to groups or individuals that want to host a training event at no charge. SQLSaturday Organizers take full ownership of their events by planning, organizing, and operating the entire venture from start to finish. PASS provides the tools and coaching to make each SQLSaturday event a resounding success. PASS is determined to stay true to the grassroots nature of SQLSaturday — all sponsorship funds collected by events go to the event. No fee or percentage is paid back to PASS or SQLSaturday.com. Just like the founders of SQLSaturday — Andy Warren, Brian Knight, and Steve Jones — PASS believes SQLSaturday has a tremendous, positive impact on the future of the Microsoft data platform and its user communities.