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Summer of Learning

From ash clouds to a 24-hour marathon of webinars, it has been a busy spring here at PASS as we took advantage of many opportunities to bring you top-notch SQL Server education in a variety of formats and locations. And the summer is showing no signs of slowing down.

Last month, we held our second-ever 24 Hours of PASS virtual event with a record 63,000 registrations. PASS officially assumed responsibility for helping coordinate and guide SQLSaturday events alongside local chapter leaders. And our virtual chapters have been holding monthly—sometimes weekly—meetings full of fantastic content that are broadcast live and often available for on-demand streaming afterward. The SQL Server 2008 R2 Launch tour officially kicked off at PASS European Conference and spread around the globe, with 27 PASS Chapters participating in the events. Although the volcanic ash cloud prevented some speakers (and some attendees) from physically making it to European Conference, we were able to leverage LiveMeeting to deliver content to attendees wherever they were. Read more.

Don Gabor’s Networking Tip
It’s never too early to start the networking process for PASS Summit 2010. It may be about five months away, but here are 5 things you can do now to enhance your networking in Seattle in November. Read more.

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24 Hours of PASS Goodness

It’s a wrap on the record-breaking 24 Hours of PASS: Celebrating SQL Server 2008 R2 virtual event, which saw 63,000 registrations tune into the 24 back-to-back webcasts presented by top SQL Server speakers from around the world. In fact response was so overwhelming that we aren’t even able to access our 24 Hours of PASS event reports within Microsoft LiveMeeting because they are so large! Microsoft is working to help us remedy the situation and we’ll share more facts and figures once we receive the reports.

Couldn’t attend the event or missed some sessions due to work or heavy eyelids? All 24 Hours of PASS session recordings will be available for on-demand streaming soon. And we’ll also announce the elite few who made it through all 24 sessions. Until then, check out Wil Sisney’s (@HanSQL’s) The 11 Must-see Sessions You Missed at 24 Hours of PASS and relive the event through this tweet collection:

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SQL Saturday #22 - Pensacola
June 5, 8am-5pm CT, Pensacola, FL

Live Meeting - PASS AppDev Presents: Database Design for Developers
June 8, 12-1pm ET

SQL Saturday #43 - Redmond
June 12, 8am-6pm PT, Redmond, WA

Live Meeting - PASS AppDev Presents: ETL with PowerShell June 22, 9-10am ET

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Love the PASS Summit 2010 Lineup—or Your Money Back!

PASS Program Committee members will be working hard this month reviewing Pre- and Post-Conference proposals and session abstracts so they can announce the Summit 2010 lineup in July. But we don't want you to miss out on the discounted conference rate of $1,395, ending June 30, because you’re waiting to see what will be on tap.

We're confident you're going to love the lineup, so for those of you who want to nab the lower registration rate, we're offering a one-time 100% Satisfaction Guarantee for registrations between June 2 and June 30. Simply register to get the lower rate. And once we publish the sessions, you'll have a month to review the lineup. If you're not fully satisfied with it, contact us by August 13, and we'll cancel your registration and refund your full fee with no penalty. Register today!

Hurry! Call for Speakers Closes Saturday

Nearly 250 sessions have been submitted as we enter the final week of the PASS Summit 2010 Call for Speakers, but we want more! Review the currently submitted abstracts, check out the Definitions page and Speaker Resources, and then submit your abstracts by June 5.

Vote by Friday for David DeWitt’s keynote topic! Dr. DeWitt is returning to PASS Summit to deliver the most highly anticipated keynote of the conference—and you can help choose his topic: Query Optimization 101 or MapReduce vs SQL.

8th Annual Women in Technology Luncheon at PASS Summit 2010: Increasing the role of women in technology has a direct impact on the women working in high-tech, but the effects can go far beyond that. How do female tech workers influence innovation and product development? How do men benefit from having more women working in technology? Can the presence of women in tech affect a company’s bottom line? What does it mean for women and their families when they have access to high-tech jobs? Plan now to attend the luncheon and panel discussion on “Recruiting, Retaining & Advancing Women in Technology: Why Does It Matter?” Nov. 10.

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Five Reasons You Should Volunteer with Your Local SQL User Group and Host a SQL Saturday, by David “Made2Mentor” Stein

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