The first SQL Saturday of 2011 is looking like it is going to be an awesome event. One reason that I can say that a month ahead of time is that for the first time (as far as I know) speakers have to be turned away because there have just been so many speakers submitting sessions. I count 94 sessions submitted to the event, which is just an amazing number of sessions to be submitted. Some of the sessions were submitted by well known speakers and some were submitted by more unknown speakers that are just getting their speaking started, which is one of the goals of the SQL Saturdays; to get new speakers into the community.
Personally I’ve got 4 sessions submitted, and I’ve got no idea if mine will be picked or not (hopefully they will be). I’ll be there no matter what as I’ve got a pre-con the day before on Friday. Personally I’m thrilled that I’ll be able to be involved with such a popular community event.
I know that Pam and Jose are limited all the speakers to a single session for the day, which given the massive popularity of the event just makes perfect sense. I also know, from some comments on Andy’s blog that a lot of the slots are going to the newer speakers to give them the chance to get started, which also makes perfect sense as we need to grow our speaker pool. Hopefully I’ll be able to get a speaking slot at the event, but if I don’t get one on Saturday, I’ll understand (if you were planning on giving me a slot, please don’t take it away after reading this). After all I’ve got all day Friday.
Anyway, see you next month in Tampa.