You probably have heard this already: PASS has decided that PASS Summit will go virtual this year. Instead of assembling in Dallas, we’ll all stay home. Presenters will present from behind their computers, at home. Attendees will watch on their devices, from their homes. It will sort of be the same, but not the same at all!
I know a lot of you are debating whether to attend or not. I understand that. The live, face to face experience is one of the cornerstones of PASS Summit, of any community event. A virtual event will never capture that the same way. If that is your main reason for attending, should you still attend?
On the other hand, the virtual PASS Summit has benefits too. Not everyone can afford to fly to America and stay there for a week, to attend a conference. The registration fee for the Summit is a hefty chunk of money. Add airfare, hotel, meals, taxis, and you rack up quite a bill. Plus, you miss billables, or you need to take time from work. A lot of people I have met at conferences in Europe have never been to the PASS Summit. They would love to go but it was not realistic. Now, it suddenly is an option for them. No airfare. No hotel. And due to the time zone difference, they might be able to combine it with work.
So who knows? Perhaps this PASS Summit will for many people be a unique opportunity to meet people you otherwise never would have met. Sure, you won’t meet them face to face. But I have heard that PASS is working hard to enable new forms of networking during the PASS Virtual Summit 2020.
I will attend the PASS Virtual Summit. I will present a precon: Execution Plans in Depth. I will also present two regular sessions: Execution Plans … where do I start? and Normalization beyond Third Normal Form. But I will also attend as many of the other sessions as I can. And I will leverage the networking opportunities that PASS will make available.
I hope you will too.
PASS has asked me to record two videos. I do not know what they plan to do with them; I assume they will at one time publish them. But I wanted to give all who read my blog a sneak preview. So here are two videos: one explaining why you should attend the Virtual PASS Summit, and one where I give some more information on what to expect during my precon, to help you assess whether you like it.