Frequently Asked Questions
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When and where do I check in or register onsite?
The Registration counter, located at 4C, is open daily from Sunday, Nov. 2, through Friday, Nov. 7. For registration hours, please see the Schedule at a Glance in the PASS Summit Program Guide or online.
When does the conference start?
PASS Summit 2014’s main conference program officially kicks off Tuesday, Nov. 4, with the Welcome Reception at 6:30pm. However, we also have Pre-Conference Sessions on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 3-4, for attendees who registered for those, as well as activities for first-time attendees earlier in the day Tuesday.
What about breakfast, lunch, and breaks?
Breakfast and lunch are served in the Dell Dining Hall, 4EF – just keep walking past the Registration counter and across the Skybridge. Breaks include sodas and other beverages, but no snacks. Note that sodas are not served during lunch.
Where are the keynote sessions?
PASS Summit starts off Day 1 and Day 2 – Wednesday, Nov. 5, and Thursday, Nov. 6 – with a keynote session from 8:15am-9:45am. The keynote sessions are in the HP Keynote Hall, located up the escalators to Level 4 and then take a right to enter from the South Lobby.
Where can I find the speakers’ PPT presentations?
You can access speaker-provided PPT presentations beginning Tuesday, Nov. 4, from the PASS Summit Sessions page by clicking on the sessions you are interested in. Note that speakers may be providing presentations throughout the week, so check back if you don’t see them at first. To access the presentations, you will need to enter your PASS member login.
How do I find my PASS username/password?
From www.sqlpass.org, click "Login" in the top right corner, and then click “Forgot your password or username?”
How do I access the PASS Summit 2014 mobile program guide?
The mobile program guide to PASS Summit 2014 is coming soon, letting you access the latest PASS Summit program information, schedules, special events, and more from your mobile device. To get the mobile program guide, simply go to http://guidebook.com/app/passevents, download the app, and then look up “PASS Summit 2014” to download the Summit Guidebook to your smart phone. The mobile guide is available for iOS, Android, Blackberry, and web-enabled devices.
What if I can't download the mobile program guide app
You can still access the mobile guide through your browser at https://guidebook.com/guide/26050/, and a printed program guide and session schedule is available in your attendee bag.
Where do I find session evaluation forms?
You can access PASS Summit’s online session evaluation forms via the mobile guide or at www.PASSsummit.com. Every day, we'll draw from all the submitted forms for a Microsoft Surface tablet. We'll contact the winners by email and post their names on the Summit website. Your feedback is important to our speakers and everyone involved in organizing the PASS Summit program, so please take the time to fill out evaluations for all the sessions you attend.
Where is the Microsoft Certification area at PASS Summit?
PASS Summit 2014 attendees can get a 50% discount on all Microsoft certification exams onsite. You can find the Microsoft Certification Center on Level 2: Exam Prep is in Room 212, Study Hall is in Room 213, and the Testing Center is in Room 214.
What is the SQL Server Clinic?
The SQL Server Clinic – open Wednesday, Nov. 5, through Friday, Nov. 7 – is a free, walk-in area where you can work through your technical issues with top Microsoft Customer Service and Support (CSS) engineers and get architectural guidance from the SQL Server Customer Advisory Team (SQLCAT) and SQL Tiger Team. You can find the Clinic in Room 4C.
What is included on the PASS Summit 2014 session recordings and how can I purchase them?
The PASS Summit 2014 session recordings include all the conference sessions, including Day 1 and Day 2 keynotes, half-day sessions, and Lightning Talks. (Note: Pre-Conference Sessions are not recorded.) Attendees can purchase either the session recordings download option for $195 or the recordings on USB flash drive for $240. Note: Shipping charges for the USB flash drive are $20 within the continental US and $30 international. Streaming of the sessions will be made available for free to attendees after Summit.
Non-attendees can order the session recordings on USB flash drive from the PASS Store after the conference for $495.
When will the session recordings be available?
The session recordings will be available for attendees to download approximately 4-5 weeks after Summit. The recordings on USB flash drive will be mailed soon after that.
Is any content being live-streamed from PASS Summit 2014?
Yes, PASStv is back again, providing daily live-streaming of keynotes, selected technical sessions, community interviews, and other content Wednesday, Nov. 5, through Friday, Nov. 7. PASStv will replay the day’s programming overnight. PASStv will be broadcast from the Summit website beginning before the keynotes each day – watch the website for the programming lineup. NOTE: Attendees at Summit cannot live-stream PASStv in the Convention Center due to bandwidth restrictions.
What is the Community Zone?
The Community Zone at PASS Summit is the place to bring your questions and talk with PASS Community Evangelists, user group and Virtual Chapter leaders, SQLSaturday organizers, and other SQL Server community leaders about how to participate in the SQL Server community year-round. New this year are Country/Language Spotlights, scheduled times when you can meet with a chapter leader from your region or who speaks your native language. The Community Zone, open Wednesday-Friday, Nov. 5-7, is located on the 4D Skybridge, right around the corner from Registration.
What are the new “Get to Know Your Community” sessions about?
The new “Get to Know Your Community” sessions – located in Room 400 Wednesday, Nov. 5, through Friday, Nov. 7 – focus on how you can make the most of your experience with PASS Summit, PASS, and the #SQLCommunity throughout the week and beyond. You can add the sessions to your schedule using the “Get to Know Your Community” learning path filter on the Sessions page.
Where is this year’s Community Appreciation Party?
The PASS Summit 2014 Community Appreciation Party, sponsored by Microsoft and PASS, will be at Seattle’s contemporary, leading-edge Experience Music Project Museum Thursday, Nov. 6, from 7:00pm-11:00pm.
Is there a chapel/prayer room available at Summit?
Is there a place at the Convention Center to hold my luggage before I check into my hotel or after I check out?
Yes, you can find the prayer room on Level 6 in Suite A.
Yes, coat check will be on Level 6, Room 657, Monday-Thursday and in the South Lobby Waterfall Room on Friday with luggage storage.
How do I get to the airport – is there a shuttle?
- Monday, Nov. 3: 6:30am-5:00pm
Tuesday, Nov. 4: 6:30am-5:00pm
Wednesday, Nov. 5: 6:00am-8:30pm
Thursday, Nov. 6: 6:30am-6:30pm
Friday, Nov. 7: 6:30am-5:45pm
PASS doesn’t provide shuttle service to the airport, but please see our Travel
page for a variety of transportation options.
When and where will the conference be next year?
PASS Summit returns to Seattle the last week of October 2015. Watch for a special alumni rate, and we look forward to seeing you there!
Where does PASS have user group chapters?
PASS has over 275 local chapters around the world. See the PASS Local Chapters page for a list of chapters by region. And be sure to visit the Community Zone at PASS Summit 2014 to see how you can find and get involved with your local chapter.
Who is my Chapter Leader?
You can find PASS Chapter Leaders on the PASS Local Chapters page by selecting your region, then clicking on the link to your Chapter’s site.
How can I start a PASS Chapter?
Starting a PASS Chapter has never been easier. If you are interested in getting a new chapter started in your area, stop by the Community Zone at PASS Summit to talk with PASS Community Evangelists Karla Landrum or Carmen Buchmann (or email them at email@example.com). Also make sure you read Starting a PASS Chapter for tips and the official PASS Chapter requirements.
How can I start a Virtual Chapter?
If you are interested in starting a PASS Virtual Chapter, begin by checking the PASS Virtual Chapters page to see which Virtual Chapters currently exist. You can then contact Lana Montgomery about starting a new one.
Who do I talk to about volunteering with PASS?
The answer depends on the type of volunteering you'd like to do. A good place to start is checking with your local PASS Chapter for volunteer opportunities; you can contact leaders through the Chapter websites – just go to the PASS Local Chapters page to locate your region, then select your city and corresponding Chapter link. If there isn’t a local chapter in your area, check out the PASS Virtual Chapters for how you can contribute. To explore other ways to volunteer, please click myVolunteering from your myPASS page to sign up to receive communications about upcoming volunteer opportunities.
What is a SQLSaturday?
PASS SQLSaturday events are free 1-day training events for SQL Server professionals that focus on local speakers, providing a variety of high-quality technical sessions, and making it all happen through the efforts of volunteers. To learn more about SQLSaturday, make sure to visit the PASS Summit 2014 Community Zone.
Is there a SQLSaturday scheduled near me?
With 80+ PASS SQLSaturday events held around the world in FY2014, there’s likely an event in the works near you. See the schedule of upcoming events on SQLSaturday.com.
How do I go about organizing a SQLSaturday event?
The best candidate for hosting a SQLSaturday event is any city that has a reasonably active SQL Server user group. PASS provides the following support for organizers:
- The SQLSaturday.com website, which lets you register attendees, accept session submissions from speakers, and sign up sponsors
A set of administrative tools that let you manage and tweak your site
The event logo
A SQLSaturday.com email address
Auto call for speakers
Introductions to possible sponsors
Lots of documentation on how to run your event
We’ll also do mentoring calls with you as requested and, in general, support you in any way we can to help you make your event a success. Check out the Getting Started information on SQLSaturday.com or contact Karla Landrum for more information.