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November 8-12

Free online conference

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What is the PASS Data Community Summit?

PASS Data Community Summit 2021 is the relaunch of PASS Summit, the largest gathering of data professionals focused on the Microsoft platform.

Building on 21 years as the event to attend if you want to stay on top of rapidly changing trends in data, Redgate is hosting this year’s Summit as a free online conference for the data platform community to connect, share, and learn with thousands of their peers.

Attendees will hear from industry-leading experts, make connections that advance their careers, and discover cutting-edge products and services for the Microsoft data platform.

Why is it called PASS Data Community Summit?

We've put a lot of thought into what this year's Summit should be called.

PASS no longer exists and we’re not trying to replace it, but the PASS Summit has huge recognition in the data platform community, and a lot of good memories associated with it. We’ve always had an excellent experience at the conference as sponsors in the past and as attendees.

To reflect that we want to build on that experience and that legacy, and that we’re going to maintain that quality and breadth of content, we’ve decided to keep PASS Summit as part of the name.

While we’re not looking to replicate PASS, we do want to revive this annual gathering, the largest event for data platform professionals, and continue to support the people who have been part of the PASS community.

We felt that keeping the reference to ‘PASS’ welcomes all previous members of the community.

By adding ‘Data community’ we’re aiming to welcome everyone who works with data to join in to connect, share and learn on a global scale.

What happened to PASS?

The PASS organization ceased operations in January 2021 and Redgate acquired the assets. Find out more about Redgate’s plans on the blog.

Why virtual?

While COVID-19 is still prevalent, there are restrictions on travel as well as social distancing around the globe. Under those circumstances, we can’t guarantee that an in-person event in the fall would be possible and be safe for the community. Like most of you, we’re very keen to see an in-person event in the future, but we don’t want to see anyone's health at risk, from our attendees, sponsors, and staff.

While national and international travel isn’t logistically possible for everyone right now —and while the world is still adjusting to new circumstances around work, home, and family responsibilities — we hope that you lean-in to this free online conference in 2021 and have hope for the future.

While this year’s Summit won’t be in-person, we’ll be doing everything we can to rebuild the buzzing spirit of the PASS Community and create a valuable online experience that will support your career, connections, and learning.

Why is it free?

Because we’re streaming this year’s Summit, there are no costs for a convention venue, food, or accommodation, which are the largest outgoings for in-person events. By removing the typical PASS Summit price-tag, we hope to welcome the largest group of data platform professionals together to learn and discover what this community is all about. The 2021 PASS Data Community Summit will be hosted by Redgate, and we'll be collaborating with partners and vendors across the data platform ecosystem. Together, we'll make this year's online conference an engaging and memorable experience for all.

Will there be Pre-conference Sessions this year?

Yes! There will be Pre-conference Sessions kicking off PASS Data Community Summit 2021. These sessions will be paid for, but all proceeds will be given to the speakers. We will be sharing more details on registration pricing for these sessions over the coming weeks. The main sessions are free.

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