Can SQLSaturday happen in Wheeling, WV?

I noticed a great event that is occurring down south.  Its called SQLSaturday and one of my short term goals is to see if it’s possible to bring this great event to Wheeling, WV. 

What is SQLSaturday?

SQLSaturday is a platform for free one day training events for SQL Server professionals. This event focuses on speakers, providing a good variety of topics, and making it all happen through the efforts of volunteers. Whether you’re attending one or thinking about hosting your own(this would be me), we think you’ll find it’s a great way to spend a Saturday.

Initial Goals:

  1. Bring technology professionals from Pittsburgh, Columbus and Morgantown to Wheeling.
  2. Have 50 to100 attendees attend this initial event.
  3. Provide great speakers to present topics about SQL Server and .NET
  4. Utilize sponsors to make the event 100% free to all who attend.
  5. Provide the opportunity for IT Professionals to network with their peers.
  6. Provide exposure for AITP and the Greater Wheeling Chapter of AITP 

Conclusion:

Will this event happen?  I sure hope so, but  I am still planning.  I hope to have an answer soon.  If we do go live I am targeting early 2010.

I will post my future action items and the decisions I make soon.  I hope that this series of posts are helpful for people who are contemplating if they should start a similar event in their area.

If you have any comments, thoughts or suggestions please share them.