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PASS Summit FAQ

When and where do I check in or register onsite?
The Registration counter, located on Concourse A, is open daily from Sunday, Oct.13, through Friday, Oct. 18. Please see the PASS Summit agenda at a glance for registration hours.

When does the conference start?
PASS Summit 2013’s main conference program officially kicks off Tuesday, Oct. 15, with the Welcome Reception at 6:30pm. However, we also have Pre-Conference Sessions on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 14-15, for attendees who registered for those, as well as activities for first-time attendees earlier in the day Tuesday.

Where can I find the speakers’ PPT presentations?
You can access speaker-provided PPT presentations beginning Tuesday, Oct. 15, from the Schedule Builder or from the PASS Summit Conference Sessions page by clicking on the sessions you are interested in. Note that speakers may be providing presentations throughout the week, so check back if you don’t see them at first. To access the presentations, you will need to enter your PASS member login.

How do I find my PASS username/password?
From www.sqlpass.org, click on "Login" in the top right corner, and then select “Forgot Password” or “Username Reminder.”

How do I access the PASS Summit 2013 mobile program guide?
Simply download the mobile program guide app to your smartphone and follow the instructions to access the latest PASS Summit program information, schedules, special events, and more from your mobile device. The mobile guide is available for iOS, Android, Blackberry, and web-enabled devices.

What if I can't download the mobile program guide app?
You can still access the mobile guide through your browser at http://m.guidebook.com/guide/9911/, and a printed program guide and session schedule is available in your attendee bag.

Where do I find session evaluation forms?
You can access PASS Summit’s online session evaluation forms via the mobile guide or at www.PASSsummit.com. Every day, we'll draw from all the submitted forms for a Microsoft Surface tablet. We'll contact the winners by email and post their names on the Summit website. Your feedback is important to our speakers and everyone involved in organizing the PASS Summit program, so please take the time to fill out evaluations for all the sessions you attend.

Where is the Microsoft Certification area at PASS Summit?
PASS Summit 2013 attendees can get a 50% discount on all MCP exams onsite. The Microsoft Certification Center is at the Westin Charlotte Hotel, right next door to the Charlotte Convention Center. You’ll find Exam Prep in the Tryon Room, Study Hall in the Trade Room, and the Testing Center in the Harris Room.

What will be included on the PASS Summit 2013 session recordings and how can I purchase them?
The PASS Summit 2013 session recordings include all the Conference Sessions, including half-day sessions and spotlights. (Note: Pre-Conference Sessions are not recorded.) Attendees can purchase either the session recordings download option for $195 or the recordings on USB flash drive for $240 (one session recordings purchase at the attendee price per attendee). Note: Shipping charges for the USB flash drive are $20 within the continental US and $30 international. Streaming of the sessions will be made available for free to attendees after Summit.

Non-attendees can order the session recordings on USB flash drive from the PASS Store for $495 after the event.

When will the session recordings be available?
The session recordings will be available for attendees to download approximately 3 weeks after Summit. The recordings on USB flash drive will be mailed about 1 month after the conference.

Is any content being live-streamed from PASS Summit 2013?
Yes, PASStv is back by popular demand, providing daily live-streaming of technical sessions, keynotes, and other content Wednesday, Oct. 16, through Friday, Oct. 18. PASStv will then replay the day’s programming overnight. PASStv will be broadcast from the Summit website beginning at 8:00am ET/12:00pm GMT each day; see the PASStv schedule for the programming lineup. NOTE: Attendees at Summit cannot live-stream PASStv in the Convention Center due to bandwidth restrictions.

What is the Community Zone?
The Community Zone at PASS Summit is a place where you can bring your questions and talk with PASS Community Evangelists, user group leaders, SQLSaturday organizers, and other SQL Server community groups about how to participate in the SQL Server community year-round. The Community Zone, open Wednesday-Friday, Oct. 16-18, is located on Concourse C, right around the corner from Registration.

Where is this year’s Community Appreciation Party?
The PASS Summit 2013 Community Appreciation Party, sponsored by Microsoft and PASS, will be at Charlotte’s iconic NASCAR Hall of Fame Thursday, Oct. 17, from 7:00pm - 10:00pm.

How do I catch the SQL Sentry shuttle to explore Charlotte after hours?
Hop aboard the SQL Sentry Shuttle to get around to all the downtown Charlotte hot spots. The free shuttle will run from 7:30pm to 12:30am Tuesday-Wednesday, Oct. 15-17. Read here or access the mobile guide for a complete schedule of stops. NOTE: You will need to show your PASS Summit attendee badge to ride; spouses and other immediate family can ride along with you.

Is there a place at the Convention Center to hold my luggage before I check into my hotel or after I check out?
Yes, PASS Summit provides coat and bag check next to the Registration desk during the following hours:

  • Monday, Oct. 14: 6:30am – 5:30pm
  • Tuesday, Oct. 15: 6:30am – 8:30pm
  • Wednesday, Oct. 16: 6:15am – 8:30pm
  • Thursday, Oct. 17: 6:15am – 7:00pm
  • Friday, Oct. 18: 6:15am – 6:30pm

Chapters/Volunteers FAQ

Where does PASS have chapters?
PASS has over 270 local chapters around the world. See the PASS Local Chapters page for a list of chapters by region. And be sure to visit the Community Zone at PASS Summit 2013 to see how you can find and get involved with your local chapter.

Who is my Chapter Leader?
You can find PASS Chapter Leaders on the PASS Local Chapters page by selecting your region, then clicking on the link to your Chapter’s site.

How can I start a PASS Chapter?
Starting a PASS Chapter has never been easier. If you are interested in getting a new chapter started in your area, stop by the Community Zone at PASS Summit to talk with PASS Community Evangelists Karla Landrum or Niko Neugebauer (or email them at ce@sqlpass.org). Also make sure you read Starting a PASS Chapter for tips and the official PASS Chapter requirements.

How can I start a Virtual Chapter?
If you are interested in starting a PASS Virtual Chapter, begin by checking the PASS Virtual Chapters page to see which Virtual Chapters currently exist. You can then email ce@sqlpass.org to discuss with Karla Landrum or Niko Neugebauer about starting a new one.

Who do I talk to about volunteering with PASS?
The answer depends on the type of volunteering you'd like to do. A good place to start is checking with your local PASS Chapter for volunteer opportunities; you can contact leaders through the Chapter websites – just go to the PASS Local Chapters page to locate your region, then select your city and corresponding Chapter link. If there isn’t a local chapter in your area, check out the PASS Virtual Chapters for how you can contribute. To explore other possible volunteer opportunities, please contact volunteer@sqlpass.org

SQLSaturday FAQ

What is a SQLSaturday?
PASS SQLSaturday events are free 1-day training events for SQL Server professionals that focus on local speakers, providing a variety of high-quality technical sessions, and making it all happen through the efforts of volunteers. To learn more about SQLSaturday, make sure to visit the PASS Summit 2013 Community Zone.

Is there a SQLSaturday scheduled near me?
With 80+ PASS SQLSaturday events held around the world in FY2013, there’s likely an event in the works near you. See the schedule of upcoming events on SQLSaturday.com.

How do I go about organizing a SQLSaturday event?
The best candidate for hosting a SQLSaturday event is any city that has a reasonably active SQL Server user group. PASS provides the following support for organizers:

  • SQLSaturday.com website and email address
  • Administrative tools
  • Event logo

Check out the Getting Started information on SQLSaturday.com or contact Karla Landrum at karla.landrum@sqlpass.org for more information.