PASS Summit 2011 T minus 1 month

Finally! The PASS Summit 2011 begins in one month! I’ve been anxiously waiting for the Summit since I registered way back in May. This will be my fist trip to the conference and I want to make the most of my time there. Starting with this post I’m going to document my journey, beginning with my preparations.

I took advantage of booking my hotel when I registered for the Summit, and I’m glad I did since hotels seemed to fill up fast afterwards. I’ll be at the Sheraton, and I chose that hotel because of it’s proximity to the conference center. It’ll be nice being able to just walk back and forth. I also booked my airline reservations about the same time so all I need to do is to get from the airport to the hotel. And that looks to be a snap too. Kendra Little has a great post on using the light rail from the airport to downtown. Sounds perfect (and cheap!).

There’s some great resources for first timers too. First off, there’s three webcasts for first time attendees. Denny Cherry had a webinar last week and the recording is still available here. Rick Heiges has another on September 20th. And Brent Ozar has a third, a week before the summit on October 4th.

Second, there’s a first timers orientation just prior to the welcome event. I’ll be coming into Seattle early enough so I’ll be able to attend. And third, there’s a Big Brother/Sister program that pairs up first timers with Summit veterans. Joe Fleming (Twitter) is my Big Brother and we’ve got a great bunch of first timers. I’m looking forward to finally meeting everyone in person.

There’s quite a few blog post that describe the Summit and what to expect. Here’s just a few I ran across.

PASS Summit 2011 – What you can expect at the Conference – Part 1

PASS 2011 Countdown – 4 Weeks To Go

Plucking Wallflowers

Journey to SQL PASS 2011 series