At PASS Summit, the fun never ends! Below are just a few of the formal and informal activities taking place before, during, and after the conference sessions. Please check back frequently as we update this page.


PASS Summit 2017
 Buddy Program

The PASS Summit 2017 Buddy Program aims to help First-Timers like you get the most out of your first PASS
Summit experience. 
You will be teamed up with a Buddy - an experienced PASS Summit attendee who will
provide information and answer questions beforehand, meet with you on-site, help introduce you to other
attendees, and be a friendly face throughout the week. 

The program will also provide the opportunity for you to meet other first time attendees within a group setting,
as each Buddy will be assigned up to five First-Timers. Don't miss out on this great opportunity to get insider's
tips and tricks on what to expect and what not to miss during your first PASS Summit experience!

Want to sign up for the Buddy Program? Contact:

Tuesday, October 31


4:45 - 6:00 pm PASS Summit 2017 First-Timer Orientation & Speed Networking
Location: Ballroom 6E, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA

Get up to speed on what to expect at PASS Summit 2017 and be introduced to the fun of Speed Networking! Meet
other First-Timers and Alumni attendees in a casual, social environment before hitting the Welcome Reception
with your new friends.

Sponsored by: 


Tuesday, October 31

6:00 - 7:30 pm Welcome Reception
Location: Hall 4A & Atrium Lobby, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA

PASS Summit 2017 officially kicks-off on the first night of the Conference.

Take a trip back in time with our black and white themed Halloween welcome reception. Enjoy the sounds of retro-swing band GoodCo, watch art in action with live pumpkin carving, and capture the moment with friends with our photo opportunities. Come as you are, or dress to impress in your favorite Halloween costume, perhaps inspired by classics like Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula or Night of the Living Dead. If you are planning to dress for the occasion, remember to review our costume guidelines to ensure we all have a ghoulishly good time together.

Wednesday, November 1

6:00 - 8:00 pm Exhibitor Reception
Location: Hall 4B

Network with representatives from our sponsors and exhibitors, and collect stamps for your PASS to Prizes card
for the chance to win a big prize!



Wednesday, November 1 

11:30 am  - 1:30 pm Birds of a Feather Luncheon
Location: Quest Dining Hall 4EF

Discuss, debate and share your experiences with others over lunch at this interactive sit-down, designed to bring people with the same passions together.

Thursday, November 2

11:30 am - 1:30 pm  Birds of a Feather Luncheon
Location: Quest Dining Hall 4EF

11:30 am - 1:30 pm Women in Technology (WIT) Luncheon
Location: Hall 4A

This year's edition of the popular Women in Technology Luncheon will feature Heather Ritchie, Head of Portfolio Marketing and Communications for Nokia’s Applications and Analytics Business, as keynote speaker. Come hear Heather discuss “He Says. She Says. Bridging communication gaps that prevent great ideas from being heard.” If you didn't sign-up for the luncheon during registration, a limited number of luncheon tickets may be available at no additional cost from the Registration Desk on-site.

Friday, November 3 

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Birds of a Feather Luncheon
Location: Quest Dining Hall 4EF

Community Sessions

Wednesday, November 1

12:30 - 1:15 pm Introduction to PASS Summit 2017
Location: Room 612, Washington State Convention Center

Feeling overwhelmed by all that PASS Summit 2017 has to offer? This session will provide attendees with
a general overview of the conference and related events.

Hosted by: Kevin Kline

4:45 - 6:00 pm  Speaker Idol - Round 1
Location: Skagit 4 (TCC Lower Level)

Have you always wanted to speak at PASS Summit? Ready to take your presentation skills to the next level?
Now is your chance! PASS Summit 2017 will host the 4th Annual Speaker Idol! 12 contestants will test their
speaking skills and compete for a guaranteed session at PASS Summit 2018!

Contestants: Brian Carrig, Jim Donahoe, Jonathan Stewart, Robert Volk

Hosted by: Denny Cherry
Thursday, November 2

3:15 - 4:30 pm 
Speaker Idol - Round 2

Location: Skagit 4 (TCC Lower Level)

Contestants: Eric Peterson, Dennes Torres, Ed Watson, Javier Villegas

Friday, November 3

11:15 - 12:30 pm  Speaker Idol - Round 3
Location: Skagit 4 (TCC Lower Level)

Contestants: Daniel de Sousa, Tzahi Hakikat, Simon Whiteley, William Wolf

1:00 - 1:45 pm Staying Involved with PASS
Location: Room 612, Washington State Convention Center

Learn more about the PASS community and how PASS Summit attendees can stay involved throughout the year with Local Groups, Virtual Groups, Regional Events and more.

Hosted by: Kevin Kline

3:30 - 4:45 pm Speaker Idol - Final Round! Location: Skagit 4 (TCC Lower Level)

PASS Community Hosted Events

* These events are organized and operated by the organizations and people noted below, not PASS. * 

Know of other events, or planning something special? Tell us about it, and we'll add it to this page. Note: All events posted on this page will uphold the PASS Anti-Harassment Policy.


Tuesday, October 31

4:00 - 6:00 pm PASS Women in Technology Happy Hour & Networking Event 

Location: Tap House Grill, 1506 6th Avenue, Seattle, WA

Join other Data Professionals attending PASS Summit 2017 for a networking event with women and WIT allies.
Find a Mentor. Be a Mentor. Build a strong network of women you can rely on for advice & support.

Presented by: Rie Irish, Kathi Kellenberger & Melody Zacharias
Sponsored in part by: SentryOne

9:30 pm - SQL Karaoke 2017
2:30 am Location: Cowgirls Inc., 421 1st Avenue South, Seattle, WA

Join the teams from DCAC, SIOS, and SentryOne for the annual SQL Karaoke party!

Wednesday, November 1

8:00 pm -   Pragmatic Works After Party
Midnight Location: Hard Rock Café, 116 Pike Street, Seattle, WA

Don't miss SQLKaraoke 2017! Pick up your wristband at the Pragmatic Works PASS Booth #307. 
Must have wristband for entry.

Presented by: Pragmatic Works 

Thursday, November 2

7:00 - 10:30 pm PASS Summit 2017 Games Night
Location: Washington State Convention Center - Room TBD, Seattle, WA

Come join a low key night of tabletop gaming with fellow attendees. Board games will be provided, but feel free
  to bring your own.

Hosted by: Kevin Hill

7:00 - 11:00 pm IDERA Fest
Location: Highway 99, 1414 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA

Join IDERA for the most rocking party of PASS 2017 at Highway 99! Great White and Kix will keep you 
dancing, drinks will be flowing and the food plenty. We'll see you there!