Community Session Room

Speaker Idol | Program Office Sessions | Get To Know Your Community Sessions

Speaker Idol

PASS Summit will also host its first ever Speaker Idol - 12 contestants will have the opportunity to test their speaking skills and compete for a guaranteed session at PASS Summit 2015. Judged by an expert panel, speakers will have the chance to not only get great real time feedback and exposure to an audience from around the world, but also the opportunity to improve as speakers.

For rules & more information, see here.

Program Office Sessions

PASS Program Abstract Workshop

Amy Lewis, Lance Harra, and Melissa Coates
Wed Nov 5, 3:00pm - 4:15pm

Learn how to write effective abstracts and a solid speaker profile. Bring your abstracts for this interactive workshop. Work in small groups and get one-on-one time with current and past Summit speakers.

PASS Program Office Hours

Amy Lewis, Lance Harra, and Melissa Coates
Thurs Nov 6, 3:00pm - 4:15pm

Connect with Amy Lewis and other Program Committee members in a casual setting. Learn how the program committee and session selection process works, and share your ideas.

Get To Know Your Community Sessions

Intro to PASS Summit

Kevin Kline
Wed Nov 5, 10:45 am – 12:00pm

New to the PASS Community? Long-term PASS member and past Board Member Kevin Kline will tell you all you need to know about getting the most out of PASS Summit and the worldwide #sqlfamily in this introductory session for first-time attendees.

Checklist for making the most of PASS and Summit (Level 100)

Wendy Pastrick
Wed Nov 5, 1:30pm – 2:45pm

Whether this is your first Summit or your fifth, there are so many things going on it can be difficult to choose what to see and when. Follow along with my checklist of “Must See” items to make the most of your Summit experience. We will also cover how you can stay in touch and involved with PASS and the #sqlfamily community throughout the week and beyond!

Being Buck Woody (Level 100)


Mark Broadbent and Buck Woody
Thurs Nov 6, 10:45am – 12:00pm

The PASS Summit is the largest SQL Server conference in the world and has a cross section of some of the world’s leading authorities on SQL Server technologies. It is one of the most vibrant and connected communities in the technical world. Now is your chance to learn, make new contacts and drive your career forward (the way you always keep telling yourself you will). In this session Mark Broadbent will describe how his professional career at ACME Corp has hit a brick wall, but after discovering a small door behind a filing cabinet, he has managed to climb into the mind of Buck Woody and discover a world of possibilities and opportunity at his disposal. And better still, Buck and Mark are both ready to share many of their secrets and experiences with you!

Session Takeaways:
  1. Learn top techniques, tips and tricks to maximize your PASS Summit learning experience.
  2. Understand how (and what) you can do within the SQL Community to further your professional career.
  3. Plot your future career moves.

Speaker Bios:
Mark Broadbent is a SQL Server MCM working at SQLCloud, and a specialist in High Availability, Performance Tuning and Concurrency. He is the founder of SQLSaturday Cambridge and current UK Regional Mentor. Buck Woody is a Senior Technical Specialist working at Microsoft, with a 30+ year history in positions from computing security, development, management, and the SQL Server team developing software on global teams. Both have invaluable insights into how you can develop and direct your career, and how to interact with the SQL Server community, from speaking at events to working behind the scenes. This will be an interactive session where you'll learn how to take your career to the next level.

Running a User Group: Go From "Where do I start?" to "I've got this!" (Level 100)


Kendal Van Dyke and Jes Borland
Thurs Nov 6, 1:30pm – 2:45pm

You love the community spirit you've seen at PASS Summit this week, and you'd love to see the community more often. Good news: you can! User groups are a wonderful way to connect with local like-minded professionals. Join user group leaders from all over the world to learn what to expect before your first meeting, in the first three months, and in the first year. We'll share our stories, tools to help you, and show how PASS will support you!

Navigating PASS (Level 100)


Ryan Adams

Fri Nov 7, 8:15am – 9:30am

PASS is a huge organization with a lot of facets and opportunities and you’re looking for some direction on how to find and navigate them. This session will talk about different ways to get involved in Local Chapters, Virtual Chapters, and SQLSaturday. You’ll learn how to navigate the PASS website to find these free learning opportunities and signup for communications from them. You’ll also learn how to find volunteer activities and become active in the SQL Server Community.

Conociendo y creciendo con la comunidad PASS (Level 100)


Jose L. Rivera
Fri Nov 7, 1:00pm – 2:15pm

¿Deseas saber cómo puedes involucrarte más con PASS? En esta sesión discutiremos que es PASS y como puedes tomar ventaja de las oportunidades de liderato y voluntariado que PASS ofrece, al mismo tiempo que contribuyes al crecimiento de la comunidad más grande para profesionales de la Plataforma de Datos, Inteligencia de Negocios.