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!

Applications are now closed.

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 v.20 Celebration with your new friends.

SolarWinds

Receptions

v.20 Celebration

Tuesday, November 6 (6:00 PM - 7:30 PM)
Microsoft Keynote Room, 4A

Join Grant Fritchey kick off PASS Summit v.20 - a celebration that is ALL fun and games! FREE beer, high score gaming activities, and prizes, all courtesy of our celebration sponsors. You do not want to miss it!

Thank you to our v.20 Celebration Celebration sponsors: Microsoft, Quest, Redgate, SentryOne

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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

Azure SQL data Warehouse: your path to turbocharged analytics

Wednesday, November 7 (6:45 AM - 7:55 AM)
Room 612

Modernizing your data warehouse to the cloud helps you improve analytics performance while cutting costs and reducing risk. Azure SQL Data Warehouse is the fastest cloud data warehouse, based on recent TPC-H and TPC-DS benchmarks. If you’re looking to modernize your DW & BI workloads to the cloud, join this special breakfast with Azure SQL DW PM team to learn what’s next for SQL DW customers and how you can build a fast, flexible and secure analytics platform in the cloud.

Expert Panel: Modernize Analytics with Microsoft Azure, SQL DW and Attunity Change Data Capture

Wednesday, November 7 (6:45 AM - 7:45 AM)
Room 618

While enjoying a hot breakfast, learn from knowledgeable experts as they share strategies for overcoming data integration challenges and accelerating Azure data pipelines for better analytics. Audience participation encouraged!

The password for registration is attunitybreakfast18

Empowering SQL Server DBAs with Dell EMC

Wednesday, November 7 (6:45 AM - 7:40 AM)
Room 615

Join Dell EMC to learn how the latest generation of storage arrays empower Microsoft SQL Server DBAs to achieve industry leading agility. Dell EMC Storage combines consistent and predictable performance with inline data services; like thin provisioning, compression, and deduplication for production databases. Then provide automated and ad-hoc protection and repurposing for test/dev, patching, and more with easy to use self-service tools to consolidate all workloads and accelerate all stages of the development cycle.

SQL Server and Big Data Workload Deployment Optimization

Wednesday, November 7 (6:45 AM - 7:45 AM)
Room 604

Lenovo and Microsoft have closely collaborated on optimized configurations for SQL Server OLTP and data warehouse workloads on Lenovo 2- and 4-socket servers utilizing a range of storage options from entry-level to NVMe and persistent memory devices. In this session, you will learn about these configurations, the Microsoft DWFT program and how to integrate SQL Server 2017 with Big Data environments utilizing Cloudera, MapR, Hortonworks, Spark SQL or Spark Streaming.

Presented by: Prasad Venkatachar, Sr. Product Manager, Lenovo Database/Big Data Solutions and Argenis Fernandez, Principal PM, Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft Data Unplugged

Thursday, November 8 (6:45 AM - 7:55 AM)
Room 612

Microsoft Data Unplugged is your opportunity to meet the Microsoft Engineering Team – the individuals who own databases and data warehousing at Microsoft. This session is hosted by Julie Koesmarno and the session is your avenue to ask questions and talk directly to Engineering PMs about anything and everything related to SQL Server, Azure SQL Database, Azure SQL Data Warehouse and other Azure data services, and get “unplugged” scoop and insights into the inner workings of the SQL Server engineering team. No NDA material will be discussed during this session.

Speakers: Lindsey Allen, Asad Khan, John MacIntyre, Andrew Liu, Julie Koesmarno    

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

Thursday, November 8 (6:45 AM - 8:00 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!

SIOS

Introduction to Amazon RDS

Thursday, November 8 (6:45 AM - 7:45 AM)
Room 615

Our experience with running Amazon.com taught us that relational databases can be very challenging to manage and operate, especially with high availability. It’s expensive and complex to manage administrative functions including regular patching cycles, performance optimization, backups and disaster recovery—all for constantly changing applications.  Amazon RDS manages hundreds of thousands of databases - we have been able to mitigate many of those pains points through automation. Come learn about how you can leverage Amazon RDS for your SQL Server and Open Source Databases, including an overview of our newest database offering, Amazon Aurora!

BOOST Your SQL Backup with Data Domain & Ola Hallengren Scripts

Thursday, November 8 (6:45 AM - 7:55 AM)
Room 618

Fuel up for the day and learn how to fuel your Microsoft SQL backups at this breakfast hosted by Dell EMC. Dell EMC and Ola Hallengren have partnered to add support for Data Domain Boost and its industry-leading leading de-duplication to Ola Hallengren’s award-winning SQL Server Maintenance Solution. Our technology and Hallengren’s scripts are designed for mission-critical environments and advanced backup scenarios, leveraging the latest features in SQL server. Come see a presentation and LIVE demo of this fantastic technology.

Luncheons

Birds of a Feather Luncheon

Wednesday, November 7 (11:30 AM - 1:30 PM)
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. Review the seating chart and discussion topics here.

Lunch and Learn - Data Quality: What’s in it for me?

Wednesday, November 7 (12:00 PM - 1:15 PM)
TCC Skagit 2

From monetizing data cleansing to saving time on mundane data prep to more meaningful analytics – we’ll discuss real-world benefits of satisfying all aspects of data quality. Join industry experts and fellow data quality consultants and enthusiasts for discussions on:

Effects of bad data & essential aspects of data quality
Techniques for overcoming data quality challenges
Leveraging data quality for IT consulting success

Space is limited and works on a first come, first served basis. Please RSVP to reserve your spot!

Women in Technology (WIT) Luncheon

Thursday, November 8 (11:30 AM - 1:15 PM)
Microsoft 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).

Lunch and Learn - SQL Data Catalog beta launch (SOLD OUT)

Thursday, November 8 (12:15 PM - 1:15 PM)
TCC Skagit 2

Redgate is proud to announce the launch of SQL Data Catalog beta at PASS Summit 2018!

Join Richard Macaskill, Product Manager at Redgate, and Kendra Little, Microsoft Data Platform MVP and Evangelist at Redgate, for an exclusive view, guided tour and discussion of this new product, and for your chance to provide feedback and influence the roadmap.

Birds of a Feather Luncheon

Thursday, November 8 (11:30 AM - 1:30 PM)
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. Review the seating chart and discussion topics here.

Birds of a Feather Luncheon

Friday, November 9 (12:00 PM - 2:00 PM)
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. Review the seating chart and discussion topics here.

Community Sessions

Introduction to PASS Summit

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!

Contestants: Heidi Hasting, Ameena Lalani, Christopher Wolff, Dennes Torres de Oliveira

Hosted by: Denny Cherry

Speaker Idol - Round Two

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

Round Two of Speaker Idol!

Contestants: Leslie Andrews, Janusz Rokicki, Michael Johnson, Paresh Motiwala

Hosted by: Denny Cherry

Speaker Idol - Round Three

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

Round three of Speaker Idol!

Contestants: Randolph West, Peter Shore, James Donahoe, Rob Volk

Hosted by: Denny Cherry

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 - 4:45 PM)
Skagit 4 (TCC Lower Level)

Finale of Speaker Idol!

PASS 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. 

  • 7:30 am – 12:30 pm – Latin America
    • 9:45 am – 10:15 am – Latin America: Spotlight
  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm – Abstract Writing Advice with the PASS Program Committee
  • 1:00 – 3:00 pm – United States (West)
    • 2:45 – 3:15 pm – United States: Spotlight
  • 3:00 – 6:00 pm – United States (East)

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. 

  • 7:30 am – 12:30 pm – Europe, Middle East & Africa
    • 9:45 am – 10:15 am – Europe, Middle East & Africa: Spotlight
  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm – Abstract Writing Advice with the PASS Program Committee
  • 1:00 – 3:00 pm – PASS Virtual Groups
  • 5:00 – 6:00 pm – PASS Board Q&A

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. 

  • 7:30 am – 12:30 pm – Asia Pacific
    • 10:45 am – 11:15 am – Asia Pacific: Spotlight
  • 1:00 – 3:00 pm – Canada

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!

MidnightDBA Meetup 2018

Monday, November 5 (5:00 PM - 7:00 PM)
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.

Hosted by: MinionWare

PASS Summit 2018 Networking Dinner

Monday, November 5 (5:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
Yard House (1501 4th Avenue, Suite 118, Seattle, WA)

Join other PASS Summit attendees at the Yard House for a chance to meet and network.

Hosted by: Lisa Bohm

PASS Women in Tech Happy Hour

Tuesday, November 6 (4:00 PM - 6:00 PM)
Tap House Grill (1506 6th Avenue, Seattle, WA)

Join other Data Professionals attending PASS Summit 2018 for a networking event with women and WIT allies. Find a Mentor. Be a Mentor. Build a strong network of women you can reply on for advice and support.

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

SQL Karaoke 2018

Tuesday, November 6 (9:30 PM - 1:30 AM)
Amber (2214 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA)

A time to meet attendees, vendors, and sponsors from PASS Summit in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Have a great time with friends, singing karaoke all night long.

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

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

Datavail is teaming up with Games Night - join them for the first ever Datavailopoly Tournament! Datavailopoly is the only board game designed by DBAs, for DBAs. Join the tournament and get snacks, a tournament t-shirt and a chance for bragging rights as the 2018 Datavailopoly champion!

LGBTQ Meetup 2018

Thursday, November 8 (8:00 PM - 11:00 PM)
Butterfly Lounge at Grim's Provisions & Spirits (1512 11th Ave, Seattle, WA)

LGBTQ community members and allies are welcome to attend this meetup for a relaxing, accepting night in Capitol Hill (Seattle's "gayborhood"). Capacity is limited, so please register ahead of time.

Hosted by: Andy Mallon

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