Last week I did something that many people have already done. However this was my first experience, and I really enjoyed it. We’ll see if I get to do it again.
I went to SQL Saturday #441 – Denver as an attendee. I hadn’t submitted to speak, but I spent half my day over at the event, watching some sessions, networking, and enjoying some time with my fellow data professionals.
I’ve never done that before. I’ve attended many SQL Saturdays, 49 by my count, but always as a speaker. I’ll sit in sessions, but I always have a responsibility and my laptop.
Saturday was a bit more relaxing for me. I could attend sessions on topics and focus more, being unworried about keeping my talk in my head, worried about setup or practicing anything during the day. I could focus all my time on someone else’s presentation, which was nice.
I don’t know how many more SQL Saturdays I’ll get to attend like this. Certainly the ones in the Denver area are events I like to support by volunteering to present on a topic. Denver has grown quite a bit and we have many speakers from out of town that submit, so I may avoid submitting here in the future and continuing to attend, or volunteer in some other fashion.
It was a fun experience, and I’m glad I got to go. It was worth my time, as I learned a few things that I am looking forward to trying out over the next few weeks.