First-Timers Program - Sponsored by  and

New to PASS Summit? Make sure you join us in an orientation program targeted at helping new attendees get the most out of Summit’s valuable training and networking opportunities. The program features two main elements:

Plus, watch this page for upcoming events and blog posts for Summit newcomers!

Sign up for a PASS Summit Big Brother/Sister today
Volunteer to be a Big Brother or Sister

What Is the First-Timers Big Brother/Sister Program?
As part of the program, we connect you with a Big Brother/Sister from our seasoned Summit alumni who can:

  • Introduce you around 
  • Give you the inside scoop on Summit 
  • Help answer any questions you might have

Your Big Brother/Sister will be in touch with you via email before the conference to share Summit preparation tips and make sure everything’s going smoothly, then will meet up with you and other first-timers before the Welcome Reception. You can learn more about the Big Brother/Sister program in this blog post by Thomas LaRock.

Even if you aren't able to participate in the Big Brother/Sister aspect of the program, make sure you join us for the PASS Summit First-Timers Orientation and Networking session before the Welcome Reception Tuesday, Oct. 11, from 5:30pm-6:30pm.

We’ve already started connecting new Summit attendees with their alumni volunteers, so email to get matched up with your Big Brother or Sister today!

 * Watch the #sqlpass #firsttimers hashtags on Twitter for updates, and join in the discussion!

 Subject to change

Tuesday, Sept. 6                   
10:00am PT

Webcast recording: Things that PASS First-Timers Really Need to Know - Denny Cherry

Tuesday, Sept. 20  
10:00am PT Webcast recording: What to Expect at PASS Summit 2011 - Rick Heiges
Tuesday, Oct. 4  
9:30am PT Webcast: PASS Summit Conference Tips and Tricks - Brent Ozar PLF
Monday, Oct. 10  
6:00pm - 9:00pm Monday Night Networking Dinner - Lowell's
Tuesday, Oct. 11  
3:00pm - 5:00pm Special Workshop: Networking to Build Business Contacts - Don Gabor
5:30pm - 6:30pm First-Timers Orientation and Speed Networking Session - Room 6E
6:30pm - 8:00pm PASS Summit 2011 Welcome Reception & Quiz Bowl


Blog Roundup

Thank you to our sponsors - Confio Software and Red Gate Software - for supporting the First-Timers Program!





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■ All SQL Server. All the time

■ Over 170 technical sessions

■ Dr. David DeWitt Keynote

■ 2 days of Pre-Con Seminars

■ Networking with MVPs, experts, and peers

■ Face-to-face support with     Microsoft CSS and SQLCAT

■ Ask the Experts Pods



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