So it's your first year at PASS Summit and you're not sure what to expect? Don't worry! We've taken the hard work out of conference prep and designed an orientation program to help you get the most out of the training and networking opportunities in store for you. Here's what you need to know about before, during and after PASS Summit:

Before Summit


Community Connection

PASS was built by the SQL Server community over the last 17 years and has become instrumental in the careers of those involved. There are more than 100,000 professionals involved from all over the world. PASS is more than an annual event, it is an inspired and passionate community you can turn to for education, training, networking and friendship.

Before PASS Summit, if you aren't already part of a Local Chapter you'll receive information on how to join one including the contact information for the Regional Mentors and Chapter Leaders in your area. If there isn't a Chapter in your area (yet) our friendly Community Evangelists are there to help as always! Local Chapters are a great way to get involved in the PASS Community year-round with monthly meetings including training and networking opportunities.

Join PASS (and each other) on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn

Once you've got a taste for the learning and networking you're about to experience at PASS Summit join the conversation online by following us on Twitter and joining our Facebook and LinkedIn groups. Help spread the word and let everyone know you're attending PASS Summit as a First-Timer.

Get Info from Community Members

Many members of PASS have been part of the association for many years and some have also attended many PASS Summits in the past. Here are a couple guides to help you navigate your first time joining us at PASS Summit.

Redgate’s top tips for PASS Summit 2016
Preparing for PASS Summit 2016

And remember to stay updated with all the Community Buzz.

Onsite at PASS Summit 2016


First Timers Orientation Meeting & Speed Networking

Tuesday Oct 25, 2016, 5:15pm - 6:30pm, Ballroom 6E

We'll bring you up to speed on what you need to know about the week's events and PASS and then we'll introduce you to the fun of PASS Summit 2016 Speed Networking! Meet other First-Timers and Alumni attendees in a casual, social environment before hitting the Welcome Reception with your new friends. Register now!

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Introduction to PASS Summit 2016

Wednesday Oct 26, 12:30pm - 1:15pm

Feeling overwhelmed by all that PASS Summit 2016 has to offer? Join this introduction to the conference and what to look forward to. The session provides attendees with a general overview of the conference and related events.

Staying Involved with PASS

Friday Oct 28, 1:00pm - 1:45pm

Hear about the greater PASS community and how Summit attendees can stay involved throughout the year with local chapters, regional events, online networks and more.

After PASS Summit 2016


You'll be equipped with more knowledge and new contacts from the SQL Server Community than ever before - so why not keep learning and networking? Join a Local or Virtual Chapter, Volunteer with PASS, attend an online training event, visit a SQLSaturday in your area and remember to Connect, Share and Learn as often as you can.