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Saturday, August 11, 2018

SQLSaturday Baton Rouge thank yous

Hello everyone who was at #SQLSatBR this year!

We had a huge early morning wave of attendees this morning that inundated our sponsors just like a cooling rain inundated us in the afternoon. We had 25 kids in a STEM track that featured robots, magnets, stop-motion animation, and Legos. We showed off the awesome and much-needed work of the Futures Fund in Baton Rouge, we bragged about our Tiger, and we raised $1420.05 to donate to the Foundation for the East Baton Rouge Parish School System.

Oh, and we delivered 70 hours of free training to 487 new and old friends, enjoyed delicious jambalaya, then gave away an XBox One and more cool stuff at the end-of-day raffle. We were aided by an army of volunteers, sponsors from far and wide, and representatives of the Empire.

If you're a volunteer, I thank you, you made this thing happen, you cleaned up afterwards, you carried and sweated and smiled.

If you're a speaker, I thank you, you traveled thousands of miles, you prepared for hours (including the hours immediately prior to your session), you shared your enthusiasm and experience.

If you're a sponsor, I thank you, you helped us provide a free lunch, snacks, drinks, 55 technical books, speaker supplies, printed materials and much more to our attendees.

If you're an attendee, I thank you, you asked great questions and laughed at jokes and cheered and clapped and took notes and networked.

If you're a kid, know that our industry of Information Technology needs you, regardless of your color, gender, sexuality, schooling, economic status, or creed, and that there's a whole bunch of us working to make our workplaces inclusive, efficient, and successful places for you to build your careers.

See you next year, friends.

Monday, July 16, 2018

SQLSaturday Baton Rouge at LSU on August 11

We're a little under a month away from #SQLSatBR!

Registration is required!
We still have tables of all sizes available for sponsors!

Our 10th annual SQLSaturday features an 14-track lineup of speakers from around the country, assembled by our scheduling extraordinaire Kenny Neal. Here's the categories:
  • SQL Server Administration
  • SQL Server Beginner
  • SQL Server Development
  • .NET Dev
  • Business Intelligence
  • PowerBI
  • PowerShell
  • Windows Server/Virtualization
  • Career
  • CIO/Executive
  • Professional Development
  • and for the first time, StemUP Kid's Track (REGISTRATION and SMALL FEE REQUIRED)

Who attends SQLSaturdays?
What can SQLSaturday do for my career?

This event is entirely free for attendees (please pre-register), including a jambalaya lunch, and tons of raffle prizes to giveaway at the end of the day. Everything is paid for by our amazing sponsors.

Please pre-register if you plan on attending! Please also consider signing up to be a volunteer as well, and our expert volunteer coordinator Adrian Aucoin Jr. will put you to work, probably just by being a proctor and attending the same sessions you were going be in anyway. And we still have of sponsor tables available in the atrium to be a part of this local community-driven event.

Have questions about sponsoring? Check out our informational sponsorship PDF explaining all the benefits, costs, the day-of experience, and the process of getting involved in one of the largest and broadest SQLSaturday events in the world. Have questions? Please reach out to us via email at sqlpassbr@gmail.com.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Baton Rouge User Groups Networking Night

What a great evening of interesting presentations, professional networking, and Jambalaya!

We had 5 speakers last night on topics covering: Availability Groups (me), software documentation, leveraging the SQL Server community, front-end design principals, and augmented reality!

Folks in attendance included people brand new to the User Groups, students, job seekers, hiring managers, junior-level to senior-level DBA's and Developers, bosses and their employees! Plus we had jambalaya from Pot & Paddle, our same vendor for SQLSaturday Baton Rouge.

I have uploaded my opening presentation, Availability Groups in 10 Minutes, to my Github.

Folks stayed over an hour afterwards networking!