Hopefully by now you’ve heard about the PASS SQLRally event that will be held in Orlando, May 11-13. Andy Warren, Kendal Van Dyke, and I are the local members of the planning team and we are making our best effort to give you a look behind the curtain to see what it takes to make an event like this happen. Session/speaker selection is an area we are concentrating on because we would like to have the selection process be one of the differences between the SQLRally and the PASS Summit. Andy has already shared his thoughts and Arie Jones has a very well-thought out response on his blog here. This post focuses on the regular community sessions while Andy had already blogged about the Pre-Con process.
So what are our goals in the session/speaker selection process?
So what are our plans for meeting the goals?
It really starts with being transparent in the process and getting input from the community along the way. This is why we are making the effort to blog about what we are doing and thinking. Some of our thoughts on session/speaker selection have been:
These ideas lead to some questions where we would love to hear what YOU think:
Having selected sessions for SQLSaturday and been on the Program Committee for the PASS Summit 2010, the hard part is deciding what is more important the content or the speaker. A great speaker can make poor content look good, while a poor speaker can make good content look bad. So should the community vote on the speakers or the sessions? Maybe a combination of both?
A key point in all of this is that we want the process to be repeatable so subsequent events can re-use and build on the process. While I wouldn’t say that the next local group that puts on the SQLRally would have to use the same process we use, I do hope that the framework we have laid will be able to be used to make their job a bit easier.
Please leave comments on the blog as we definitely are interested in YOUR thoughts on the process. There are no guarantees that your ideas will be included, but they WILL be considered.
Cross posted from Jack's Blog