SQL Saturday #54 Recap

First and foremost thank you to all you that attended. We all say thank you to the organizers, speakers and sponsors for giving their time. But remember we would all be out of a volunteer job if we didn’t have attendees! The SLC community is great and it gets better with each event and we hope to keep putting on great events for you. Thank you to the wonderful SLC SQL Saturday Team Tjay Belt (Blog |Twitter), Scott Heffron (Blog) and Ben Miller (Blog |Twitter). I know they like to think I did much of the planning but in reality having them all as part of the Staff is a huge help to me.

I’ve listed out my Pro and Con list for the event. Basically I see this as things to improve or what we did well. This may come across as being overly critical; I see it as a list of how to improve things going forward. As an Organizer of an event you have to take responsibility for everything at the event, meaning you get the good and the bad. A manager of mine used to always start with the bad in our review meetings. She always said it’s better to end on a positive note so that’s what I’ll do here.

Con

1. Printing –We need to order the paper earlier so there is less last minute printing. Next time I’ll probably send off for more items earlier.

2. Lunch – This will officially be the last time an event has lunch purchased through a sponsor, from this point forward the event will own this.

3. Speakers – We wish we had more of them. The ones we had were outstanding!

4. Surveys – We are working on a new online survey system that will make this better for next time.

Pro

1. Attendance – While not as many as projected it was a great first start for the SLC area. Next year this will get bigger.

2. Speakers – We had some top notch speakers not only from SLC but from other locations. Really thankful for those that came out to speak.

3. Registration – I really liked how it worked and it went well I plan to adopt some of it for Utah Code Camp

4. Sponsors – We had lots of great sponsors they really made the event excellent. I also loved the raffle ticket idea from SQL Saturday and plan to use it again in the future.

5. Social Networking – I saw lots of people getting to know each other and chatting in the halls. I also heard of at least 3 people that created twitter accounts after attending #sqlSat54 that’s great and I’m glad we can really start to build more networking into our area.

So how did you think we did? Here’s the break down from the surveys we received. Total of 17 surveys received.

Overall Fall 2010 5 is Like
Website Reg 4.53
Technical Content 4.44
Location 4.29
Overall 4.47
Attend Another? Counts Percent
Yes 16 94%
No 1 6%
Best Time Counts Percent
Beginning 9 53%
Middle 6 35%
End 2 12%
Heard about us? Counts
Twitter 2 12%
Email from Code Camp 5 29%
Sponsor 0 0%
Friend 7 41%
None Of the Above 3 18%

We received some great comments as well which we will use to help us plan the next event. In all it was a great event and I look forward to putting on another SQL Saturday. The next big event in my future is the PASS Summit (I’m not organizing that thoughJ). The next organized event is the Utah Code Camp which is now set for March 19th 2011 (www.utahcodecamp.com). We will have some SQL sessions there as well so make sure to come out and see what we have to offer.

If you would like to read more wrap ups on SQL Saturday #54 here is a link to those that I’m aware of.

Nicholas Cain SQL Saturday #54 Recap

Jason Brimhall SQL Saturday #54 Recap

Tjay Belt SQL Saturday #54 Recap

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One response to “SQL Saturday #54 Recap

  1. Pat, I’m sorry I missed it, and terrific that some lessons carry over to the Code Camp (and probably vice versa). Thanks for getting one done, great way to support the local SQL Server community.

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