It goes without saying that LobsterPot Solutions is a great supporter of the SQL Server community, and PASS in particular. I thought it would be good to look at how each of the LobsterPot staff is going to be involved at the upcoming PASS Summit.
Rob’s been on the PASS board for over a year now, and is set to continue in this for some time. As a user group leader and current co-ordinator of the PASS’s semi-annual 24HOP event, he has a number of meetings and duties to go alongside the Board Meetings that will be on. If you’re going to be at the event, you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding Rob – he’ll even be involved in prayer meetings in the early mornings.
Roger is speaking this year! His session is on Thursday afternoon, and is on Reporting Services. As well as this, 2012 has seen Roger’s PASS involvement extend into leading the Australian arm of the BI Virtual Chapter. This means he’s been finding speakers for the monthly meetings he hosts, and you might see him wandering around the Summit in a VC leaders’ jacket.
Julie has been a co-presenter at the PASS Summit before, but this year is only giving a Lightning Talk. I shouldn’t say ‘only’, because the pressure in delivering ten minutes of content is at least as high as giving an hour or more. The Lightning Talks are punchy and poignant, energetic and expert-level. Julie’s also leading a First-Timers’ group at the Summit, and speaking at SQL Saturday events in Portland and Olympia either side of the Summit.
Ben and Heidi are both experiencing their second PASS Summit, and like Julie are both involved with the First-Timers. Ben is leading a First-Timers’ group and Heidi has been on the First-Timers’ committee this year, working on a team to find ways to help people at their first summit get the most out of it. The first time anyone experiences a PASS Summit, with 4000 people excited to learn about SQL Server and mix with other SQL Server experts, it can be hard to know what’s important. Being in an Australian time zone can be tricky for organising committees, and Heidi has really gone a long way in helping these people. Ben, Julie and Heidi will have a great time helping people realise the most.
This is Martin’s first PASS Summit. He’s experienced conferences around the world before, including a number of SQL Bits events in the UK. He’s taking part in the First-Timers’ event, but from the other side of the room.