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SQL Saturday Boston 2015 #sqlsat364


April 20, 2015 by Mike Hillwig

SQL Saturday Boston 2015 #364 has come and gone. We had an AWESOME day.

Our speakers are all amazing people and great presenters. The feedback from the participants was consistently full of praise. We had about 240 people attending the event, which is pretty impressive when you consider that we had really nice weather that day. It was sunny and bright, which meant our attrition rate was high. That’s the risk we took when scheduling a spring event. It was the first nice weekend day of the year.

This year, we went back to Cosi for lunches instead of Subway. The feedback on that was good, too.  In fact, the only complaint we got was about the air conditioning in our facility, which is a common issue.

Our speakers loved the speaker event we held Friday night at Legal Seafoods in Cambridge.

We also donated our extra food to Boston’s Pine Street Inn, which was 68 boxed lunches. Additionally, we raised $1,605 for Rosie’s Place. I will be depositing cash on Tuesday and picking up a certified check for them.

Opening SQL Saturday. Photo snagged from Brent Ozar’s Instagram feed

Events like this just don’t happen without a small army of volunteers. My team of Robert Padilla, Paresh Motiwala, and Melissa Riley made this happen. And our volunteers, under the leadership of Paresh, ran the event. The hardest thing I had to do on Saturday was get in front of the crowd and speak a few times. Our volunteers were incredible, and I’m thankful for each and every one of them.