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SLC SQL Saturday & Big Mountain Data Attendee Reminder Part 2 of 3

SQL Saturday SLC (#349) & Big Mountain Data

Thank you for registering for SLC SQL Saturday & Big Mountain Data. We will send out 3 emails to all registered attendees over the next 3 days to give you all the important information you need about the conference. If you miss an email or you registered after the email went out you can find all the email/information here.

  1. Part 1 of 3
  2. Part 2 of 3(this newsletter)

Summary of key information

  1. Cost: FREE
  2. Attendance: 500+ planned
  3. Schedule: Link to Schedule
  4. Location: Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building 1768 Campus Center Drive Salt Lake City, UT 84112
  5. Calendar file: Ics file
  6. Map Link: Map
  7. Register@: Uge Site
  8. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m.
  9. Lunch: 12:20-1:20
  10. Guidebook: Digital Schedule and info about the conference available on most phones. GuideBookSchedule


We have record attendance at this event and we need help! We are seeking volunteers to help direct traffic between the first couple sessions and at lunch time. If you are willing to help please email


You will be given a bag when you register in the morning with a ticket inside the bag for lunch. The red ticket will be for the 1st floor and the blue ticket will be for the 3rd floor. We don’t mind where you end up but please pick up your lunch on the floor based on the ticket you received. We will be separating lunch across the 1st and 3rd floors so that everyone can move through the lunch lines quickly. Our location has asked that we not eat in the classrooms but instead use the hall/open space areas. We will be providing box lunches so that this is easy for you to sit down in an open area and eat. A cafe is located on the 5th floor with lots of room to sit. Lots of other open areas exist throughout the building as well.


The session schedule has been updated on the site and should not be changing before the weekend. Now is a good time to head over to the schedule and make sure of what sessions you want to see Link to Schedule.

Session Feedback

We will have a new way for you to provide feedback for each session.

  1. You will be able to scan a QR code with each room you go into and that will bring up a survey in a browser window on your phone
  2. The Schedule located here. Will have a link to a survey form for each session.

Good feedback is critical to speakers so they can improve their speaking abilities. We hope that you will take the time to provide feedback. Please be detailed in your feedback and tell the speakers what they can do to improve. Things like “Speaker needs to talk louder”,”Speaker needs to engage audience”,”Speaker should be better prepared and have tested demo to make sure it worked properly”. All of these things help the speakers to improve specific parts of the session.

We will have another email sent out tomorrow with the final items that you need to know.

Thank you

SLC SQL Saturday & Big Mountain Data organizing committee

Some changes for SLC SQL Saturday #246

Keynote presentation from Previous PASS Summit

Striving to put on an event this large and epic some day. 🙂

We have put on several SQL Saturday’s in Utah (3 to be exact) but I felt something needed to be different with the one we are planning now.  Last year I pushed for more nosql/mysql sessions in the SQL Saturday because I saw a need in our community for more knowledge on those subjects.  This year it’s time to step it up even more.  

I started working with Hadoop heavily in January and learned of the Utah Hadoop users group in February (  I wanted to find way’s I could help the group and build the community so I started discussing with the leaders about putting on a data conference.  I wanted a combined conference that worked with all technologies and disciplines and really was just about data.  I have always said Corporations and executives don’t care what technology you use as long as your solution meets the expectations of the business.  We as engineers/developers/DBA’s/DW developers need to learn it’s not about a specific technology it’s just about finding the right tool for the job.

To this end the Big Mountain Data Conference is born.  We will have a traditional SQL Saturday taking place with 3 separate tracks of all sorts of SQL goodness.  We will have a “mixer” track showing you how SQL and other technologies can work together to make data solutions and then we will have 3 more tracks that talk all about open source data solutions (Hive,Hadoop,Mysql,Nosql and much more!).  We want to bring the data experts together in one place and showcase all the many things you can do with data and how to move forward in a world that has ever increasing data demands.  We are hoping that the attendees will stretch themselves to learn something new and visit other tools that can be used to expand their skill set.

We have assembled a great team of organizers and volunteers to help put this event together and we will be looking for presenters eager to pass on their skills to others.  We hope that you will all join us on Sept 7th 2013 for this epic data event.

The SQL Saturday #246 you can access at Utah Geek Events will be hosting the Schedule/registration for the Big Mountain Data Side of things you can go to which has open registration and a place to submit sessions.

I hope everyone will join us in learning about data and what you can do with it.

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.


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.


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 ( 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