Press Release

Record-Breaking PASS Summit 2014 Opens in Seattle with 5,900 Registrations


Day 1 kicks off with live-stream sessions and keynotes by Microsoft’s T.K. "Ranga" Rengarajan, James Phillips, and Joseph Sirosh

SEATTLE, WA – Nov. 5, 2014 – Celebrating community growth around the world, PASS Summit opened today in Seattle, with 5,900 registrations, its largest program ever, and live streaming of the kick-off keynotes by Microsoft’s T.K. "Ranga" Rengarajan, James Phillips, and Joseph Sirosh.

PASS Summit 2014 has 3,941 delegates as of last night and 1,959 pre-conference registrations across 56 countries for a total of 5,900 registrations. The event’s sold-out Exhibit Hall features 57 partners, including Platinum sponsors Dell Software and HP.

“It’s inspiring to be part of this incredible community event that continues to bring together even more SQL Server professionals from around the world,” said PASS President Thomas LaRock. “You can feel the energy and excitement, from technical sessions and our great First-Timers Orientation to the packed Community Zone and the Exhibit Hall. And it’s all thanks to our dedicated volunteers and a passionate global community.”

PASS Summit, organized by and for the SQL Server community, is the largest SQL Server event in the world, delivering a record 200+ sessions this year, along with 17 full-day pre-conference seminars and nonstop networking opportunities with the industry’s top SQL Server and business intelligence experts.

Microsoft is committing top resources to the week-long event, including today’s kick-off keynotes and tomorrow’s keynote with Microsoft Jim Gray Systems Lab Senior Research Engineer Rimma Nehme. All the keynotes will be streamed live – along with the Women in Technology Luncheon keynote with Black Girls CODE founder Kimberly Bryant, technical sessions, community interviews, and more – to community members around the globe as part of PASStv’s free daily programming, with overnight replay.

Microsoft SQL Server engineers and support teams will be on hand in technical sessions, the SQL Server Clinic with CSS and the SQLCAT and SQL Tiger teams, Instructor-Led Workshops, and the Expo Hall to share best practices, explain the latest solutions, and answer questions to help attendees get the most out of their SQL Server and BI investments—and their time at PASS Summit. Microsoft Learning is also hosting Microsoft Certification exams onsite at a 50% discount.

PASS Summit 2014 runs through Friday, Nov. 7. For the latest updates and access to the PASStv live stream and programming schedule, see http://www.sqlpass.org/summit/2014/Live.aspx.

About PASS
PASS is an independent, not-for-profit community organization dedicated to empowering data professionals who leverage Microsoft technologies to connect, share, and learn. With a growing membership of more than 100K, PASS enables networking, knowledge sharing, and peer-based learning through local and virtual chapters, online events, local and regional events, and international conferences such as PASS Summit. For more information, visit the PASS Web site at http://www.sqlpass.org.

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Contact:
Kathy Blomstrom
kathy.blomstrom@sqlpass.org
970-630-3404