I have spent the last month thinking about why PASS Summit 2016 felt so empty to me. I loved seeing my friends from all over the world. The sessions were hit and miss, just like always, but I left feeling empty and disappointed. Summit is normally my time to recharge and get excited about SQL Server again. This year I had to find other things to get me recharged and it left me thinking, what was different?
I talked to a few other people that had the same experience and after talking it out, I think I found the problem. There wasn’t a community party. There were tons of parties. Every vendor seemed to have a party and I spent a lot of time trekking around Seattle to attend them. I saw a few people at each one but I never really got the opportunity to converse with the people that I only see at the community party. I heard (mostly through the grapevine so it could all be misinformation) that stopping the community party was a way for PASS to save money and to allow people to attend more vendor parties. I think this may have been a misstep and my parents taught me to never bring up a problem without proposing a solution.
I would suggest that the vendors that do their own party change their course and instead sponsor a section of the EMP and bring back the Community Party. But Andrea, isn’t that the point of the vendor reception? If it is, why are they having separate parties? The Vendor reception appears to me to be a time for vendors to sell things and the community party is a time to come together as a community and celebrate. I feel like this year our community was fractured all over Seattle and never really had a chance to connect.
Our Community is what sets SQL Server apart from other database platforms. I want to encourage the growth of this community and offer this humble post as a way to make PASS Summit more united in the future.
Also, in no way is this meant as an attack on any one that serves PASS. I know everyone works really hard to make it a success and I would offer a huge THANK YOU!!! to all those that make PASS possible.
*Hugs* to my awesome #SQLFamily, #DataFamily
Today’s lyrics are from Matt Nathanson’s Playlist and Apologies