The PASS SQLSaturday program provides the tools and knowledge needed for groups and event leaders to organize and host a free day of training for SQL Server professionals. At the local event level, SQLSaturday events:
- Encourage increased membership for the local user group
- Provide local SQL Server professionals with excellent training and networking opportunities
- Help develop, grow, and encourage new speakers
How It Started
The SQLSaturday concept took shape in May 2007. That's when planning for the first SQL Server-focused event, held in October 2007, began. 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 held one in February 2008, and SQLSaturday events have grown steadily ever since. PASS continues to collect lessons learned in an effort 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 that 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 the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS). PASS licenses the use of both to groups or individuals that want to host a SQL Server training event at no charge. Event hosts take full ownership of their events. They plan, organize, and operate 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 SQL Server and its user communities.