Justify Your Attendance

As SQL Server and BI users ourselves, we've designed PASS Summit to be the one, must-attend conference of the year. The cost to attend is paid back many times over through the wealth of learning, connections, and immediate solutions we gain in 3+ action-packed, exhausting, and inspiring days.

To help show the value of attending PASS Summit, the chart below illustrates key attendee goals and how PASS Summit meets these needs. 

Your Goals

 How PASS Summit Delivers

Learn new SQL Server skills and strategies

Over 170 expert-led technical sessions–plus deep-dive pre/post-conference seminars–covering all aspects of SQL Server. All for the same cost as a week-long training course on one topic.

Solve high-priority, mission-critical SQL Server issues

Get the answers you need right away at the SQL Server Clinic - staffed by Microsoft CSS and SQLCAT experts - and in the Ask the Experts lounge in the Community Learning Center. Get direct access to Microsoft developers, service and support, and MVPs. And don't underestimate the value of hallway chats and the ability to talk to speakers after their sessions, during lunches, breaks, and at the networking events.

Gain SQL Server best practices

PASS Summit is the only conference that brings together thousands of SQL Server MVPs, Microsoft team members, authors, experts, and peers for 3+ days. Network and share best practices with your peers and grow both knowledge and expert contacts.

Keep skills up-to-date

Sharpen your edge and stay current on SQL Server topics and technologies.

Improve the return and performance of your SQL Server environment

Learn strategies and skills that help improve the ROI of your SQL Server environment such as virtualization technologies, performance tuning and scaling, better hardware utilization, simplified management, effective business intelligence, and more. 

Increase knowledge and skills of the entire team

Take advantage of the group discount – send 5 employees and save. Additionally, purchase the DVD set of all session recordings for year-round learning on all aspects of SQL Server.

Identify and meet potential customers or employees

For consultants, vendors, and those looking for new career opportunities, PASS Summit is the perfect environment to meet and impress potential new customers and employers.

Understand key SQL Server add-ons to increase efficiency and productivity

The PASS Summit Exhibit Hall brings together top SQL Server tools and services under one roof. Get hands-on demos and information that would otherwise take days or weeks of research to gather.

Stay ahead of the curve–gain strategic insights

Be among the first to learn about new advances, roadmaps, and plans for SQL Server. Get current on what’s important now and going forward.

Build your network

Breakfasts, lunches, and evening receptions are included  and are designed to offer dedicated networking opportunities. Go further and become a PASS Summit volunteer, Summit Ambassador, or speaker!

Get new ideas, and be inspired!

PASS Summit is all about meeting and talking with people, sharing issues and solutions, and gaining knowledge that will make you a better SQL Server professional. Get new ideas that will improve your business.


Register now to take advantage of discounted pricing.

If you have any additional ROI ammunition you’d like to share, please let us know!



From the Community

Steve Jones, Editor-in-Chief of SQLServerCentral.com:

Brent Ozar, MCM, SQLskills:

Jeremiah Peschka, SQL Server Developer:

More Ways to Save

  • Meals are included so no need to pay for breakfasts or lunches. Evening receptions include food.
  • Book a Summit hotel for convenient lodging at the best rates. Also consider room sharing.
  • Don't rent a car. The conference hotel is across the street, cabs are cheap and plentiful, and the city is very walkable. Use Twitter #sqlpass to find cab-shares from the airport or take the Light Rail.
  • Our Transportation page includes info on inexpensive transport.
  • Look into discount airlines such as Southwest that service Seattle.
  • Consider arriving early Wednesday and leaving Friday night.
  • MVP and past PASS president Kevin Kline shares his travel tips.



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