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SQL South West User Group

SQL South West is a chapter of the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS)

PASS Chapter

If you are working with data in any way and are interested in meeting other data professionals in the South West then please contact us.

We are a group of DBAs and developers from Cornwall, Devon and Somerset who get together in Exeter once a month to talk about anything data-related – SQL Server / Python / PowerShell / CI / Azure / CosmosDB /you name it we’ll include it. If you live or work in the South West of the UK or are in the area on business or holiday then we’d be happy to see you.

The group is for anyone working with data (big or small) or anyone interested in starting to work with it. You may be a full time DBA or developer or someone looking to understand SQL Server things more clearly or maybe you are the person that didn’t run fast enough when the last DBA left.


Data in Devon schedules are online!

Both the Friday 26th April training Day sessions and the free Saturday sessions schedules are now live and available for you to book onto. The Saturday has one track dedicated to the Azure Global Bootcamp and three others with sessions on everything to do with data, take a look at it here.

Our Training Day has a superb selection of whole-day sessions covering topics such as Terraform, AI and ML, PowerShell, database performance tuning and BI in Azure. Booking links are below each session detail.

We have a different pricing structure this year – we only have 10 tickets at the early price of £150, the next 20 tickets are at £175 each and then the ticket price will be set at £200 each. Book soon to get the best price.

If you are interested in booking 5 or more people at a time we can offer a discount by way of a free 6th ticket. Please contact us directly if you want to have more details on this arrangement at enquiries@sqlsouthwest.co.uk.

Session submissions – closing date details

We are still open for the moment but some people have been asking how long they have to submit. So here are the details…

Training Day sessions (the day-long training) need to be submitted by the end of October 2018. We will be making our selections in the first week of November and setting our schedule as soon as we can after that.

Saturday sessions (the hour-long* ones) can be submitted right up to the end of November 2019. We’ll be making the selections from those while we eat our mince pies and will be publishing our session schedule as soon as we possibly can.

Are you interested in delivering your first session and starting out as a technical conference speaker? We specialise in bringing long-time conference attendees into the next stage in community involvement by sharing their skills and experience as a speaker. We have an illustrious list of previous speakers who started out with us and have gone on to amazing levels – both in conference speaking and in their careers. Contact us if you want to know what its like and we will give you guidance on how to get started. Perhaps by submitting a lightning talk – anyone can spend 5 minutes talking about something that will be useful to other attendees.!

Submit your session ideas via our form here and we’ll be in touch.

* – we want to get as much content to our attendees as possible – we want them going home bulging with new ideas, skills and enthusiasm. To help us achieve this we set our session duration to 50 minutes. That lets us add a whole extra session into  the day.