CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Celebrating the community volunteers who make it successful, PASS opened its annual PASS Summit today in Charlotte, NC, with over 5,000 registrations and live streaming of the kick-off keynote by Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Data Platform Group, Quentin Clark to SQL Server professionals around the world.
Visiting Charlotte after a 5-year run in Seattle, PASS Summit 2013 has 3,533 delegates as of this morning and 1,726 pre-conference registrations across 52 countries for a total of 5,259 registrations. The event’s sold-out Exhibit Hall features 50 partners, including Platinum sponsors Cisco and Dell Software.
“Everywhere you look at PASS Summit – packed session rooms, the lively Expo Hall, a great First-Timers orientation and the Welcome Reception last night – people are connecting, sharing, and learning from each other,” said PASS President Bill Graziano. “It’s an exciting testament to countless hours of work by our dedicated volunteers and a passionate global community.”
PASS Summit, organized by and for the SQL Server community, is the largest SQL Server event in the world, delivering 190+ technical sessions, 14 full-day pre-conference sessions, and nonstop networking opportunities with the industry’s top SQL Server and business intelligence experts.
Microsoft is committing top resources to the week-long event, including keynotes from Quentin Clark today and Technical Fellow David DeWitt tomorrow. Both will be streamed live – along with technical sessions, community interviews, the Women In Technology panel, and more – to community members around the globe as part of PASStv’s free daily programming, with overnight replay.
Microsoft SQL Server engineers will be on hand in technical sessions, the CSS and SQLCAT SQL Server Clinic, Chalk Talks, Instructor-Led Workshops, and the Expo Hall to share best practices, explain the latest solutions, and answer questions to help attendees get the most out of their SQL Server and BI investments—and their time at PASS Summit. Microsoft Learning is also hosting Microsoft Certification exams onsite at a 50% discount.
PASS Summit 2013 runs through Friday, Oct. 18. For the latest updates and access to the PASStv live stream and programming schedule, see http://www.sqlpass.org/summit/2013/Live.aspx.
PASS is an independent, not-for-profit community organization dedicated to empowering data professionals who leverage Microsoft technologies to connect, share, and learn. With a growing membership of more than 100K, PASS enables networking, knowledge sharing, and peer-based learning through local and virtual chapters, online events, local and regional events, and international conferences such as PASS Summit. For more information, visit the PASS Web site at http://www.sqlpass.org.
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