Friday, June 27, 2014

Tell me more...

I submitted one session for the 2014 PASS Summit.
I knew it was a long shot because...

It was a "Security" topic. 
I am not an MVP.
I am not a Consultant.
I am not an MCM.
I don't travel to SQL Saturdays outside of Florida. 

The only feedback I got was...

Session not accepted - allocated number for track filled based on session rating and topic coverage

Do I need to stay at a Holiday Inn Express to get accepted?

I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express when I spoke at SQL Saturday #298 in Jacksonville, FL.

Seriously, I've spoken at THIRTEEN SQL Saturdays so far and to my local user group a handful of times.

I have a regular job as a Lead DBA at an insurance company. Insurance companies don't get to the latest stuff as fast as other companies. I've talked about my own real world experience regarding automation and security hoping that it can help people in similar situations.

It's a good feeling to say you've submitted for PASS Summit.

The response when you are not accepted needs to provide more information. 

How did I score? 
Where did I rank among the other abstracts? 
Did I just miss?

I've played sports all my life. Sometimes, I've tried out for teams and didn't make the cut. It's a character building experience when you don't make the team but without additional feedback I've got nothing to build on.

I simply want to know how I scored and what the cutoff was.

Congratulations to all of you who did get accepted!