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 through 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

6:55 am - 7:55 am

Expert Panel: Real-time Analytics and Migrations for Hybrid SQL Environments - Hosted by Attunity

Location: Room 618-620
Speakers Featuring:

  • Deborah O'Dell, VP, Business Intelligence, Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI)
  • Matt Goswell, Sr., Product Marketing Manager at Microsoft
  • Jean-Yves Devant, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft
  • Jen Stirrup, Founder of Data Relish Ltd, MVP
  • Kevin Petrie, Senior Director at Attunity

While enjoying a hot breakfast, learn from knowledgeable experts as they share BI/Analytics trends, data migration best practices on-prem and in Azure, and real-world successes. Audience participation encouraged!


6:55 am - 7:55 am

Breakfast and Backup: Dell EMC Transforms Data Protection for SQL Server - Hosted by Dell EMC

Location: Room 615-617
Speaker: Deborah van Petegem

Learn how Dell EMC provides transformational data protection for large, fast changing mission critical SQL databases through DBA self-service backup, recovery and snapshot integration, global oversight, and automatic protection of discovered SQL databases and copies.

7:00 am - 7:55 am

Using Microsoft SQL Server on Amazon Web Services - Hosted by Amazon Web Services

Location: Room 602-604
Speaker: Venu Aravamudan

Learn how to deploy SQL Server in Amazon Web Services, either self-managed on the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) or use the Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) for a managed solution. We will cover key aspects of AWS, deployment options for SQL Server, managed High Availability with RDS, and data migration.

Thursday, November 2

6:45 am - 7:55 am

Tales from the Field: SQL Server Experts Share Key Lessons Learned About Fixing SQL Server Performance Issues - Hosted by SIOS

Location: Room 602-604
Speakers: Featuring SQL Server MVPs David Klee, Denny Cherry, Joey D'Antoni and Geoff Hiten. Moderated by David Bermingham, Microsoft Cloud and Datacenter MVP

Join our panel discussion where noted SQL Server experts share tips and advice on how to find and fix SQL Server performance issues. Drawing on their real world experience in helping hundreds of different companies around the world, our panel will discuss the common and comical - emphasis on comical - causes of performance issues. They’ll give important advice about where to look first, what tools to use, and how to determine the root cause of hard-to-find issues.

This session is interactive so come with questions! * Bacon optional.

6:45 am - 7:55 am

Deep Dive into SSIS 2017 and Beyond - Hosted by Microsoft

Location: Room 618-620
Speaker: Jimmy Wong

See how to use the latest SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) 2017 to modernize traditional on-premises ETL workflows, transforming them into scalable hybrid ETL/ELT workflows in preparation for Big Data Analytics workloads in the cloud. We will showcase the latest additions to SSIS Azure Feature Pack, introducing/improving connectivity components for Azure Data Lake Store (ADLS), Azure SQL Data Warehouse (SQL DW), and Azure HDInsight (HDI).

6:55 am - 7:55 am

Breakfast with Dell EMC Storage Solutions - Hosted by Dell EMC

Location: Room 615-617
Speaker: Doug Bernhardt & Bryan Walsh

Start your morning with a full portion of Dell EMC’s storage solutions for Microsoft SQL Server. See how modern infrastructure accelerates instances through performance, simplicity, agility, and integrations.


Wednesday, November 1

11:30am - 1:30pm

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

11:30am - 1:30pm

Birds of a Feather Luncheon
Location: Quest Dining Hall 4EF

11:30am - 1:30pm

Women in Technology (WIT) Luncheon

Location: Quest Keynote Room, 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. 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

12:00pm - 2:00pm

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: Thomas LaRock

Thursday, November 2

12:30 - 1:15 pm Advance Your Career by Becoming a Volunteer
Location: Room 612, Washington State Convention Center
Are you ready to take your career to the next level? Volunteer to do something you already love or
volunteer to develop soft skills. Either way, you are guaranteed to learn, grow and better position
yourself for the next step in your career.

Hosted by: Cathrine Wilhelmsen

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, Joseph Barth, Simon Whiteley, Jeremy Frye

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)

Community Zone

Wednesday, November 1

7:30 am     —    12:30 pm      Latin America 
9:45 am     —    10:15 am      Latin America: Spotlight
12:00 pm     —    1:00 pm      Abstract Writing Advice with the PASS Program Committee
1:00 pm     —    6:00 pm      United States (West) & Canada
2:45 pm     —    3:15 pm      United States (West) & Canada: Spotlight 
Thursday, November 2

7:30 am     —    12:30 pm      Europe, Middle East & Africa
9:45 am     —    10:15 am      Europe, Middle East & Africa: Spotlight
12:00 pm     —    1:00 pm      Abstract Writing Advice with the PASS Program Committee
1:00 pm     —    6:00 pm      United States (East) & Virtual Groups
2:45 pm     —    3:15 pm      United States (East) & Virtual Groups: Spotlight

Friday, November 3

7:30 am     —    12:30 pm     
Asia Pacific
9:45 am     —    10:45 am      Asia Pacific: Spotlight

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.

Monday, October 30

5:00 - 7:00 pm MidnightDBA Meetup 2017
Location: Top Pot Doughnuts, 2124 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA

Join the MidnightDBAs for a free donut and hangout. No formal presentations, just 
hanging out and talking.

Sponsored by: MinionWare

6:00 - 8:00 pm PASS Summit 2017 Networking Dinner Location: Yard House, 1501 4th Avenue, #118, Seattle, WA Join other PASS Summit attendees at the Yard House for a chance to meet and network.

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: Ballroom 6A, Washington State Convention Center,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

7:30 - 10:30 pm Redgate Rocks Party @ PASS Summit
Location: 1927 Events, 1927 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA

Back by popular demand, pick up your #redgaterocks ribbon at the Redgate booth to get yourself into
the annual Redgate Rocks Party. With free cocktails, beer, wine, food, music, and all your favorite SQL
community members, you won't want to miss the hottest SQL Party in town!