After a short hop from Indianapolis I arrived at Charlotte and took a cab ride to the Westin. After a quick checkin I headed down to the second floor where Microsoft has the certification area setup. I happened to luck into wondering down there right when a 70-461 quick test prep was starting so I went ahead and sat in. There was a lot of great info in there about what might be covered in the exam.
Afterwards I headed over to the convention center and ran into the IndyPASS chapter leader (Ray Lucas) and chatted with him for a while. Just before 6 I went to the first timer’s welcome and met a lot of interesting people. I was surprised that someone standing behind me kept making derogatory remarks about whatever the speaker was saying. In my experience with PASS events, usually everyone is there because they want to be and as such they’re in a good mood. I managed to strain my back on the plane ride so I had to bail early and go find somewhere to sit down, once again meeting some awesome people from all over the U.S.
After the first timers welcome came the official conference welcome with drinks and food. Good food, good people. What an amazing conference! Everyone is happy to talk to just about anybody. Unfortunately I’m typing this in the Westin lobby after I went back to the room to lay down for a bit (back) but I can’t think of a better experience I’ve had with people in the IT industry than the people here at the Summit.
I can’t wait to get to Day 1!
Don’t forget, if you weren’t able to make it this year you can tune into a live stream of some of the event here: http://www.sqlpass.org/summit/2013/Live.aspx