Monthly Archives: March 2014

Friday is Training Day but …

… Friday night is party night.

Come to the conference venue and register for the SQL Saturday and then spend the rest of the evening with other delegates, speakers and sponsors. We have some great activities lined up for the night and we are offering some prizes for those who join in with our beach / surf style evening. Have you got a loud Hawaiian shirt or maybe board shorts and flip-flops are in your wardrobe just waiting for Summer? Wear them on the Friday night and help us set the tone for a fun and relaxed evening with some great people.

SaltrockTshirtsI mentioned prizes and the local surf clothing company Saltrock (www.saltrock.com | @saltrocksurf) have come up with some of their excellent quality and supremely comfortable T-shirts for us to give away as prizes. Many thanks to them for this but don’t worry if you are not one our lucky winners, they have a store in Exeter within 5 minutes walk of the conference venue. It’s about 4 doors away from the Apple store but ask us for directions if you want to call in there.

We will be announcing some of the plans for the evening as we get closer to the event, be sure you are subscribed to this site and following our twitter account: @SQLSatExeter.

If your name isn’t on the list, you aren’t coming in.

If you are attending a training day session then you wont need to re-register but please do bring your name badge so we can make sure that we let you in!

If you are bringing a partner to Exeter then you are welcome to bring them along to enjoy the party evening with us. If this is the case please email us us with advice of their name so that we can have a name badge made up ready for them.

We are all looking forward to seeing you there on the 21st!

Community Interviews: What’s it like to visit your first SQL Saturday?

SQL Saturday Exeter Community InterviewsCommunity Interviews are a series of interviews with real world attendees to SQL Saturday Exeter events.

This time, we speak to Rory Cheeld, a first time visitor to SQL Saturday Exeter 2013, about his experiences.

 

Hi Rory, Thanks for agreeing to speak to us. We understand that SQL Saturday Exeter 2013 was your first attendance at a SQL Saturday event. How did you hear about the SQL Saturday and what made you interested enough to attend?

I caught the article on SQLServerCentral advertising the event. The fact there was an event in Exeter got me excited enough to attend. From there, it was a case of choosing the session that would be most valuable to me.

Was it anything like you expected?

This was my first SQL event, so I did not really know what to expect. I enjoyed the fact the sessions where in smaller groups. I guess I expected a big lecture style environment, so I would say it exceeded my expectations.

What would you list as the benefits of attending the SQL Saturday?

The smaller sessions allowed for a more interactive experience with the speakers. We were able to ask many questions and there was time to explore side topics.

How would you advise someone new to SQL Saturdays to go about getting involved?

Get to one of the sessions and experience it yourself. No matter what your experience level, you are bound to take something away, or gain a valuable connection through networking.

Thanks Rory, we look forward to seeing you at another SQL Saturday event soon.

Find out more about the upcoming SQL Saturday Exeter