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What about the ME and A in EMEA?
Last Post 30 Sep 2013 06:55 AM by Hossam Alfraih. 1 Replies.
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Jen Stirrup
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25 Sep 2013 07:57 AM  
I've blogged about this here http://bit.ly/1fmcgVy

One thing that hasn't come up in this election much so far is the 'ME' and 'A' in 'EMEA'. Notice that they take up 3/4 of the acronym! Let's not forget the growing communities here.

I believe that there is a community to be forged and supported in these regions too. I'd like to see more practical help where it is needed and identified. I'd like to take a step back, look at the activity that's taken place. I would like to do some 'business intelligence' to understand more about the existing work in the region. For this, I would listen carefully to the existing technical community leaders (such as Jody Roberts) for their input and ideas. I also believe that it would be important to learn about culture and how it can be preserved, respected and supported.

I have not been to Africa or the Middle East, ever. It is my loss. I've never had the time to do that, although I would love to. Therefore I can't pretend that I know everything about it, but I'd love to act as an 'enabler' to channel the support of PASS to the local superstars who are already doing fantastic work.

What active steps would I take for these regions?
I would *love* to see a SQLRally Africa. They already have user groups and SQLSaturdays in Johannesburg and Cape Town. There are already well-respected community leaders there. I think it just needs given a chance.
My role as Board Director would be to enable; to learn, listen and support.
Hossam Alfraih
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30 Sep 2013 06:55 AM  
Hi Jen,

This year we organized the first SQLSaturday in the Middle East, SQLSaturday#208 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
We had local and international speakers, two concurrent tracks, +220 attendees, and many volunteers.

It was awesome and I can say it was very successful (I have attended 2 SQLSaturday events in USA before this one and I did speak at one of them).

Check out #SQLSatRiyadh .

~ Hossam Alfraih
@SaudiGeekNET
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