The wait is finally over! This year’s PASS Data Community Summit sessions are now live and available to view in the Catalog Preview!
We were absolutely blown away, and humbled, by the almost 900 submissions by over 350 speakers that we received in the call for speakers earlier this year. The breadth and quality of sessions were outstanding and made the selection process one of the most difficult to date.
This year’s program consists of 170 technical sessions over three days (Nov 15-17). We’ll see a comprehensive collection of sessions by both community experts and industry engineers. This release of sessions comes from our community call for speakers, so you can expect more sessions to appear over the coming months from our top-tier partners.
Alongside our release of community Summit sessions, we are pleased to announce two additional Pre-Cons from Microsoft:
Join us in congratulating this year’s speakers on Twitter using the hashtag #PASSDataSummit, and thank them for sharing their knowledge and expertise. Check out this sampling of sessions that will be presented across five tracks, before heading over to the Catalog Preview to discover what else we have in store:
Again, this is just a sample of what has been released, in addition to sessions that support our efforts in expanding the program to satisfy a growing appetite for other platforms and technologies.
Progress and Growth
It’s no secret that businesses and organizations are now using multiple databases to manage the changing volume, nature, and location of data. We’re learning that more data professionals are increasingly using multiple databases from project to project and, while traditionally focused on the Microsoft stack, our long-term goal with PASS Data Community Summit is to broaden and diversify the sessions so our community and attendees are supported to navigate this shift.
With this in mind, we’re taking small steps and focusing on slowly adding other technologies and platforms, beginning with an emphasis on PostgreSQL sessions, such as:
Not unlike our own community, PostgreSQL has a large and active global population of engineers and users who contribute to its development and also provide support to others. The inclusion of other technologies and platforms only widens our network allowing us to further connect, share, and learn.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB)
In a continued effort to make Summit a diverse, accessible, and inclusive conference, we are actively working with a community-driven DEIB steering group, to help us steadfastly improve on our review and selection process year over year.
Diversity represents more than the inclusion of women, people of varying ethnicities, those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, neurodivergent individuals, citizens of non-western countries, those with invisible differences, and more. It’s about creating an event where everyone can show up as their authentic self and where people with different identities feel welcomed, valued, and safe.
To make sure we deliver on our commitment, we aim to realize a 40% goal of diversity amongst our final speakers, based on our voluntary diversity questions across geographical location, gender, pronouns, marginalized groups, and disability. We’re still gathering this voluntary data but the team are feeling confident about meeting this goal, and we’ll share an update in due course. In the meantime, we’re interested to know what makes an inclusive event for you, so please feel free to reach out to us with your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We can’t wait for you to experience Summit live, and in-person, at the Seattle Convention Center this November 13-17. Register now before prices increase on July 27th!
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