I recently found out that I am, unfortunately, not Charlie Bucket. The people over at SQLskills were offering a free ticket to one of their Microsoft Certified Master training camps dubbed SQLskills Master Immersion Events.
I entered into the competition on the off chance that I was picked and got to go to one of their week long training events. The gods were not smiling on me that day and I wasn’t chosen 🙁
However, this has not deterred me from continuing my quest for awesome training. I mentioned in my entry to the SQLskills competition that I would be going to SQLBits VIII. I have now completed all the preparations to be able to go there in April.
I will be attending the Friday training day and the Saturday community day and am looking forward to it. I know a couple of the people on the speakers list (the Saturday sessions are still open to voting, so the list may change yet) and hope to either catch up with them (Andre Kamman / Blog – we met at the PASS Summit in Seattle) or finally meet them in person (Matt Whitfield / Blog – we met online at ASK).
I am also hoping to meet up with a couple of other people from the ASK) site (in no particular order):
They have all helped me a great deal in the last 6 months and I think a pint is in order! On top of which I would love to finally meet some SQL people from the UK, they are very thin on the ground where I live.
I also plan on making this a sort of reconnaissance mission for my employer. They recently made it clear that the PASS Summit is too pricey and I have been inofficially tasked with finding top-rated training a little closer to home. The videos of previous SQLBits conferences are very promising, so I expect things to work out well on that front.
I’ll be staying at the Best Western in Brighton, just down the road from the conference. As this is on my tab, The Grand was a little too much for my wallet to handle (maybe work will foot the bill the next time and SQLBits will be at the Ritz).
I look forward to meeting people and learning a few new things whilst I’m beside the seaside, beside the sea.
Hope to see you there.