Imagine All the People

PASS Summit has been the largest and most appreciated Microsoft Data Platform conference in the world for many years. It brings together data professionals from around the world and creates a unique opportunity to meet and network with friends and colleagues, to learn from experts and from the best speakers in the world, and to enjoy and have fun, whether it's in the welcome reception or the SQL Karaoke party.

But this year it’s going to be so much different. It's going to be the first-ever virtual summit. You might be wondering how it is going to look like or feel like. How is PASS planning to deliver the same experience this year without actually bringing people together physically?

Well, I have news for you. PASS is working hard to bring all of us the best experience ever in PASS Virtual Summit 2020. Online networking activities, learning pathways, health & wellness breaks, regional spotlights and chat rooms are just a few examples. Still not sure how it's going to look like? Then let me take you through a guided tour.


It's Sunday, November 8. You have already registered to PASS Virtual Summit 2020, and purchased the All-in-One Bundle, which includes the 3-day conference plus two pre-conference sessions, and a lot more. You are so excited because you have two full-day pre-conference sessions ahead of you. It begins tomorrow. It was a tough choice because there are so many great pre-conference sessions to choose from in each day. If you need some advice, then you can read about my top 3 favorites here.

It's Monday morning. You are about to start a full-day seminar with one of the top speakers in the world, and yet you are still at home. What a strange feeling. You sit in your office with a cup of coffee, ready to take it in. The session begins, and after only 30 minutes, you already know it's going to be a great day full of learning. You can easily communicate with the instructor as well as with the rest of the class. And the nice thing about learning while you're in your office is that you are, well, in your office. You have your gear, you have access to your company network, and you can try things in your test environment during the session. You get a very good learning experience. Who would have imagined?

It's Tuesday. Another training day, another topic, another instructor, new and exciting things to learn. Read the previous paragraph again. Do you feel the excitement already?

After the session, you take a short break and prepare for the welcome reception. When you join the party, you see that some of your friends and colleagues are already there. You can chat with them, listen to some cool music together, and even learn how to make a delicious cocktail.

Remember that feeling when you want to start a conversation with someone you don't know, but you're too shy? Well, it turns out that it's a lot easier to meet new people when it's virtual. The virtual platform allows you to see who is there with you, their names and profiles, and you can easily start a conversation with people with whom you have something in common. What a party!