I am on the PASS SQL Saturday Advisory Council automatically simply because I was involved in the organization & delivery of a SQL Saturday in the Omaha, Nebraska area within the past 14 months. I’ve also helped organize and deliver two SQL Saturday’s for the Omaha area.
If you weren’t aware of them, SQL Saturday’s is a great way to accomplish a number of things:
- Training. Not only training, but FREE training from outstanding instructors.
- Networking. SQL Saturday’s offer a great way to meet new people and to network not only yourself but your company as well.
- Speaking. If you have a desire to become a speaker (careful, it’s addicting) these events offer that you to. One of the main grass roots reasons that SQL Saturday was born was to help groom and cultivate new and upcoming speakers.
You can find out when & where upcoming SQL Saturday events are happening by looking here.
I highly recommend going to one if you can find the time. It’s only a Saturday out of your schedule and it’ll be worth it. I promise.
Omaha SQL Saturday’s
SQL Saturday #197 – April 2013
This was our second SQL Saturday held in the Omaha, Nebraska area. We used the same facility as our first one, Mammel Hall at the University of Nebraska – Omaha campus. It’s a fantastic venue and we are very lucky in that the college lets us use the facility at a next to nothing cost to help further the technology community.
We had about 175 (+/- 10) folks show up with a great list of speakers and content. We are proud to say that everybody who submitted got a chance to speak, which of course is one of the main reasons that we hold these events.
We also held 3 different pre-cons on the Friday prior to the event which turned out to be a great event. We had over 40 people spend all day Friday in training learning things ranging from Powershell (Jeff Hicks) to SQL Server Hardware (with Glen Barry) to Business Intelligence (with Bill Pearson).
SQL Saturday #91 – August 2011
This was our first attempt at putting this event on in the Omaha area. Omaha is actually a wealth of technology, in part because we are in the mid-west therefore a number of large companies have various types of data centers located here.
We had approximately 168 people walk through the door with over 225 registrations.