I had the pleasure of catching up with John Parkinson, one of my mentors and a great friend of mine. It feels like yesterday John, GWC of AITP, and I brought two SQL Saturday’s to Wheeling, WV (#36 and #$80).
It’s fun to see how we both stayed highly involved in the IT Community over the years. John is highly involved in the Greater Wheeling Chapter of AITP and WordPress while I am highly involved in the SQL Server Community.
John reached out to me to do a podcast with him talking about my SQL Saturday experiences so people in the WordPress community could learn about other all-day training events. The result is the 10-minute video which is provided below.
Hello everyone, I want to share some cool events going down in Wheeling, WV in December.
If you like wine or technology I highly recommend catching the Greater Wheeling Chapter of the Association for Information Technology Professionals meeting on December 9th. This meeting is open to the public. We will meet on the forth floor of Wheeling Central High School at 6pm. All attendees will have the change to share their 2009 accomplishments while we chow down a pizza dinner. Dinner will be followed by a wine tasting at the Good Mansion Wines store. Check out the event page to signup for the 2009 December meeting.
Are you a young superstar go getter? If so, OVConnect is the group for you. The mission is to bring young professionals in the valley together. This months installment includes a holiday toy drive with a happy hour twist. On December 17th at 5:00pm we will socialize and get our drink on at River City. In order to attend all you have to do is signup and bring a toy or make a ten dollar donation. All donations benefit Catholic Charities.
Bonus Pittsburgh Technology Event
Are you a .NET programmer and interested in what’s going on with MVC? If so, this months installment of the PGH.NET User Group is a must attend free event. The PGH.NET meeting is on December 8th. You can find more info here or register here.
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.
- Bring technology professionals from Pittsburgh, Columbus and Morgantown to Wheeling.
- Have 50 to100 attendees attend this initial event.
- Provide great speakers to present topics about SQL Server and .NET
- Utilize sponsors to make the event 100% free to all who attend.
- Provide the opportunity for IT Professionals to network with their peers.
- Provide exposure for AITP and the Greater Wheeling Chapter of AITP
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.