In this post I want to discuss my nine days that never happened over the last couple of weeks. In addition, I will cover an idea that I was encouraged to think more about instead.
What never happened in those nine days
As some of you are aware, last week I was due to speak at SQL Saturday Iceland. In fact, I was due to present a double session of Azure DevOps Duet with Sander Stad.
I was looking forward to sharing the flight from Schiphol airport in Amsterdam with some good friends. From there I was going to enjoy Reykjavik again because I had not been there for a couple of years.
After the SQL Saturday was finished I was due to fly back to Amsterdam in the early hours of Sunday morning. Once I got back to the Netherlands I was going to pack to get ready to go to SQLBits.
On the Monday I was due to go to London by train. It was the first time ever I was going to travel there by train from the Netherlands. Which I have to admit I was really excited about.
Once there I was going to enjoy the sights with my wife for a while. Afterwards I was going to attend two SQLBits training days there.
If the schedule was the same as it is now I would have presented with Sander Stad on the Thursday. We would have presented one of the sessions I talked about in a previous post here.
Which would have meant for the second time in a week we would have been speaking at the same time as a well-known American speaker.
You can see the current schedule for the Thursday at SQLBits in detail here.
Once I had presented I had every intention of catching up with everybody for some networking. However, I will be honest here and admit I was hoping to find a window of opportunity to attend a premier of a well-known movie franchise.
With all this in mind, it’s a shame this became my nine days that never happened.
However, as some of you may have seen I did have an idea form just before I was due to fly to Iceland.
I wondered if it was worth getting all the organisers from cancelled or postponed SQL Server and Data Platform events in Europe together. In order to organise an online event.
Because I really feel sorry for everybody who put the hard work into these events. Having been involved with an event in the past I know how much work others
In addition, I thought it would be good for multiple organisers and volunteers to work on the same event. For multiple reasons.
In fact, whilst thinking about this I also wondered if people in other continents could do the same. Since the Microsoft Data Platform community is so large worldwide.
It was only a small idea. However, Gethyn Ellis has encouraged me to think about it a lot more. In fact, we discussed the possibility of reaching out to others over the week.
Which is why over the weekend I posted for people to contact myself or Gethyn if interested in putting something together.
I’m aware other online events are being planned for during the weekdays. In fact, I encourage you to attend them if possible.
However, I am also aware that a lot of people like myself still do a lot work during the weekdays. With this in mind, I thought this online event would be better over a weekend.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my nine days that never happened, as well as my idea.
You can contact myself or Gethyn Ellis (@gethyn_ellis) if you are an organiser or volunteer of one of these events and you think this is a good idea.
If there is enough interest in this idea I will carry on with it. Otherwise, it will stay just an idea.
Sad that I didn’t get a chance to say hi to you in person, but stay safe & healthy out there. Or in there, hahaha.
Cheers, if all goes I’m sure we’ll see each other on 1st October, since we’re scheduled to speak at the same time again.
In the meantime, I know you’re busy with GroupBy, but if you do submit to Data Community Weekender Europe on 2nd May there’s a good chance you’ll see me online since I’m part of the team:
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