In addition to being known for having all your taxes, (I’m kidding: we don’t know where that money is either…) the Washington, DC region will soon be known within the ranks of cities that have hosted a SQL Saturday event. We hope that you were able to sign up in time and that you’ll still be able to make it out to the event. Here’s the skinny on the upcoming SQL Saturday #61.
The event will be held at the Microsoft Technology Center at 12012 Sunset Hills Rd. Reston, VA 20190.
- If you’re coming from out of town, you’ll want to fly into Dulles Airport, which is about a 15 minute drive away. (This is the only circumstance in which you’ll want to fly into Dulles…)
- If you’re in the area and you have a car, the drive is simple. If you live in DC proper, you’ll take 66 West to 267 West. If you’re Virginia or Maryland, make your way to 495 and then to 267 West. Warning: there are tolls.
- If you are Metro dependent, you’ll make your way out to Vienna on the Orange Line, and grab a bus from there. Be sure to check Metro’s ride guide for a complete trip itinerary.
What to Expect
We’ve got a full day of free SQL Server training lined up for attendees. Twenty-nine sessions spread over five tracks of study: BI, DBA, Advanced DBA, Development and Professional Development. And we’ve pulled local, national and international speakers of the highest caliber. Either check out our schedule on the SQL Saturday #61 website, or if you like to play in Apple’s sandbox, we’ve uploaded the schedule to the ConFab app, which is totally free and you can download here.
Any event held in the DC area wouldn’t be complete without a free lunch and networking opportunities (ba-dum-chinck), and you can expect plenty of that as well. Check out our networking page to get a jump start with your peers.
Other Stuff to Do
If you’re coming in from out of town, or maybe you’d just like to take in some extra activities with new friends, here are some activities that you’d might enjoy that weekend:
- If you’re a hockey fan, the Washington Capitals will be facing off against the Thrashers later that night at 7pm.
- If you’re a fan of the ice, but not the sport, you might try for something a little lighter at the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden Ice Rink, which opened for the season just a few weeks ago.
- Given that SQL Saturday #61 will fall in the middle of Hanukkah, you might take a trip to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. It’s an indescribable experience.
- You can always take in the sights with the monuments and memorials along the National Mall. The World War II memorial has become my recent favorite.
- If food is your forte, then you might want to try to take in some of Washington’s historical venues, like Ben’s Chili Bowl.
But whatever you decide, we hope you’ll be able to join us for some SQL Server learnin’, and we look forward to seeing you soon! (Yes, I can write learnin’. DC is below the Mason-Dixon Line, therefore technically in the South, ya’ll.)