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Microsoft at PASS Virtual Summit

We are pleased to announce that Microsoft have been confirmed as the Premier Sponsor of PASS Virtual Summit 2020.

Microsoft and PASS have enjoyed a close partnership dating back to the early beginnings of PASS, with Microsoft playing a key role at PASS Summit every year. This year will be no different, with Microsoft joining as the Premier Sponsor of the event.

That means you can expect lots of amazing Microsoft content, sessions, speakers, keynotes, and opportunities to connect directly with the data platform engineers.

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PASS Summit Call for Speakers has Reopened

Back by popular demand and in light of PASS Summit 2020 becoming a virtual conference, we have reopened our Call for Speakers!

This is a fantastic opportunity to have your voice heard on a global stage. The PASS Virtual Summit offering will reach attendees around the world and give speakers who couldn’t attend the in-person event the chance to participate and share their knowledge.

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PASS Summit is Going Virtual!

The announcement you've all been waiting for is finally here⁠—PASS Summit 2020 is going virtual! We are please to share that our first ever PASS Virtual Summit will be taking place this November 10 - 13.

This virtual conference will feature networking, training, and interactive connections with other attendees and sponsors that go above and beyond any other webinar experiences. Attendees can expect many of the same benefits you would receive at the in-person event, as well as the added bonus of flexibility in tailoring the schedule for a global audience.

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Introducing PASS Community Connects

During these unprecedented circumstances, we have been working on ways to help our community to continue learning and connecting with one another. As such, we are pleased to roll out a new initiative called PASS Community Connects.

PASS Community Connects offer the opportunity for up to a maximum of 20 participants to join a 30-minute GoToMeeting session, share webcams, and connect with one another from around the world. Each session will be structured around a topic and co-hosted by two moderators to help facilitate interaction. The intent of PASS Community Connects sessions are to be casual, social online discussions. We are limiting the number of attendees to help ensure a quality conversation, where everyone has the chance to speak.

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COVID-19 Update – What Are We Doing?

As an update to our previous post regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we would like to reassure our community that PASS will take every precaution necessary to ensure the health and well-being of our members, attendees, partners, and sponsors.

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PASS Summit 2020 Program Committee: Call for Volunteers

Now's your chance to help shape the content at this year's PASS Summit by joining the Program Committee! As a member of the Program Committee, you will be involved in content research and suggestions; abstract and speaker reviews and selections; presentation review and editing; speaker tools/resource development; and more.

To apply for a position on the team, click "submit application" below. The submission deadline is Wednesday, March 4 (23:00 UTC).

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Removing Old SQLSaturday Event Websites

Earlier today (December 17), an email was sent to SQLSaturday organizers informing them that in an effort to follow best practices and reduce the number of legacy portals we are currently hosting, we are looking to remove old SQLSaturday event websites.

In the interest of transparency with our entire PASS membership and to provide more details, included below is the full communication shared with SQLSaturday organizers:

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Modern Migration Tour – That’s a Wrap!

We’d like to thank our sponsors Microsoft and Intel®, all of our organizers, volunteers, presenters, attendees, and of course, our mascot Sandy, for making the Modern Migration Tour a success!

Over four months this spring, PASS partnered up with Microsoft and Intel® to offer a series of events, designed to prepare the community for SQL Server 2008 End of Support. These events provided expert-led training that helped the PASS community migrate to a modern data platform.

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Modern Migration Tour 2019 is Coming to a City Near You!

Get a head start on your migration to an updated on-premise, cloud, or hybrid solution before SQL Server 2008 End of Support takes effect on July 09, by joining one of our upcoming Local Events in a city near you!

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