Activities

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.

First-Timers

PASS Summit 2018 Buddy Program

The PASS Summit 2018 Buddy Program aims to help First-Timers like you get the most 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 small group setting, as each Buddy will be assigned up to five First-Timers. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to get insider 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: communityteam@pass.org

First-Timer Orientation & Speed Networking

Tuesday, November 6 (4:45 PM - 6:00 PM)
Ballroom 6E

Get up to speed on what to expect at PASS Summit 2018 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 Event with your new friends.

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Receptions

Exhibitor Reception

Wednesday, November 7 (6:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
Exhibit 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!

Breakfasts

SQL Server Experts Share Key Lessons Learned on Avoiding Availability Failures - Hosted by SIOS

Thursday, November 8 (7:55 AM - 8:45 AM)
Room 604

The movement from the datacenter to the cloud is in full swing. And making sure critical SQL Server applications are up and available when hosting SQL Server in public clouds has its own set of challenges.

  • What availability features do clouds provide – can they do the job?
  • What high availability techniques can be borrowed from the data center and used in cloud successfully – what are the pitfalls?
  • And finally, how do you achieve high performance and highly reliable availability – because slow and unreliable availability solutions are not very useful!

The panelists included are:

  • Denny Cherry
  • Joey D'Antoni 
  • David Klee
  • David Bermingham

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Luncheons

Birds of a Feather Luncheon

Wednesday, November 7 (11:30 AM - 1:30 PM)
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.

Women in Technology (WIT) Luncheon

Thursday, November 8 (11:30 AM - 1:30 PM)
Keynote Room, 4A

This year’s edition of the popular Women in Technology (WIT) Luncheon will feature Lauri Bingham, Director of Technology for the Engineering Project Management office at T-Mobile, as the keynote speaker. Hear Lauri discuss “Mobilizing Your Own Grassroots Movement to Empower Gender Diversity in Technology.” Read the full session description on the PASS Summit 2018 Keynotes page.

If you didn’t sign up for the luncheon during registration, a limited number of tickets may be available at no additional cost from the Registration Desk onsite. Contact taylor.vick@pass.org for more information (subject line: PASS Summit 2018: WIT Luncheon).

Birds of a Feather Luncheon

Thursday, November 8 (11:30 AM - 1:30 PM)
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.

Birds of a Feather Luncheon

Friday, November 9 (12:00 PM - 2:00 PM)
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.

Community Sessions

Introduction to PASS Summit 2018

Wednesday, November 7 (12:30 PM - 1:15 PM)
Room 612, Washington State Convention Center

Feeling overwhelmed by all that PASS Summit 2018 has to offer? This session will provide attendees with a general overview of the conference and related events.

Hosted by: Kevin Kline

Speaker Idol - Round One

Wednesday, November 7 (4:45 PM - 6:00 PM)
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!

Join us at the 5th Annual Speaker Idol! 12 contestants will test their speaking skills and compete for a guaranteed session at PASS Summit 2019!

Speaker Idol - Round Two

Thursday, November 8 (4:45 PM - 6:00 PM)
Skagit 4 (TCC Lower Level)

Round Two of Speaker Idol!

Speaker Idol - Round Three

Friday, November 9 (11:15 AM - 12:30 PM)
Skagit 4 (TCC Lower Level)

Round three of Speaker Idol!

Staying Involved with PASS

Friday, November 9 (1:00 PM - 1:45 PM)
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

Speaker Idol - Final Round

Friday, November 9 (3:30 PM - 4:30 PM)
Skagit 4 (TCC Lower Level)

Finale of Speaker Idol!

Community Zone

PASS Community Zone

Wednesday, November 7 (7:00 AM - 6:30 PM)
Skybridge, 4D

The PASS Community Zone is the place to meet fellow PASS members from across the world, learn how to get involved with a Local Group in your area, or access learning online through a Virtual Group. Schedule for Regional Spotlights TBA.

PASS Community Zone

Thursday, November 8 (7:00 AM - 6:30 PM)
Skybridge, 4D

The PASS Community Zone is the place to meet fellow PASS members from across the world, learn how to get involved with a Local Group in your area, or access learning online through a Virtual Group. Schedule for Regional Spotlights TBA.

PASS Community Zone

Friday, November 9 (7:00 AM - 3:30 PM)
Skybridge, 4D

The PASS Community Zone is the place to meet fellow PASS members from across the world, learn how to get involved with a Local Group in your area, or access learning online through a Virtual Group. Schedule for Regional Spotlights TBA.

PASS Community Hosted Events

Know of other events, or planning something special? Send the details to communityteam@pass.org, and we'll add it to this page. Note: All events posted on this page will uphold the PASS Anti-Harassment Policy and are organized and operated by the organizations and individuals mentioned below, not PASS. 

Check back often for additional events!

PASS Summit Photo Walk

Tuesday, November 6 (4:45 PM - 7:00 PM)
Washington State Convention Center (Fountain at the Bottom of the Escalators)

We would like to invite you to join us for a photo walk at the beginning of PASS Summit 2018. Come meet some of your fellow PASS Summit attendees, take some photos, and enjoy a stroll through the local area.

Hosted by: Jamie Wick & Doug Purnell

PASS Summit 2018 Games Night

Wednesday, November 7 (8:00 PM - 10:30 PM)
Ballroom 6A

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

Happy Hour with IDERA at PASS Summit 2018

Thursday, November 8 (6:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
Tap House Grill (1506 6th Avenue, Seattle, WA)

This will be another IDERA event you won't want to miss! Join the IDERA team and SQL Community favorites for an open bar, food, and fun at the Tap House Grill! All are welcome with RSVP.

Hosted by: IDERA

PASS Summit 2018 Games Night

Thursday, November 8 (7:00 PM - 10:30 PM)
Ballroom 6A

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

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