I thought I would focus this post on the People that were at the PASS Summit. Really not much to say except the people are a huge part about why my PASS Summit experience was so great. I mean you obviously have access to many smart people like MS employees and some great MVP’s. That alone is great and makes the Summit worth it. Access to these people is not something that you can get everyday. I mean you can access some MVP’s on Twitter and that is nice but not near as good as the face time you can get and PASS. But the surprising part to me was the “regular” people that attend. I put “regular” in quotes because no one I met was a regular person. Everyone was passionate about technology, especially SQL Server, and all were very smart.
Not only are all the people passionate and smart, but for a group that is usually very introverted, it was easy to meet people and to talk to them. We all have something in common and that really makes it so easy to sit down and get involved in a good conversation and make a new friend. And you will probably either learn something or teach something while talking and most the time both will happen. That makes every second at the Summit so worth the money. You learn all the time not just during the sessions.
Another thing that you must do if you go to a Summit is SQL Karaoke. I usually hate Karaoke and I did not really want to go, but I am very glad that I did. I did not sing but a lot of people did. But it was a fun night of watching people sing and networking. I met some really cool people that night. So even if you do not usually go to Karaoke, you need to go to SQL Karaoke. You will have fun, and meet some great people. Do not be shy, and I know that is hard for some of us but it is so worth it.