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DataWeekender CU5 schedule is now live

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In this post I want to announce the DataWeekender CU5 schedule is now live. Plus, I highlight some of the sessions by newer speakers at DataWeekender CU5.

All the session times shown on the schedule are in the time zone set on your computer. Which is usually your local time zone. You can register to attend the conference by clicking on this DataWeekender CU5 Meetup link.

Just to confirm DataWeekender CU5 is on May 14 and starts at 9am Central European Summer time (CEST). Which is 7am UTC. You can convert the time using the World Time Buddy website here for certainty.

A big thanks to everybody who submitted to speak at DataWeekender CU5. In addition to contributing to our event you also helped us plat a lot of trees in our tree-nation forest. Which I covered in my Valentines Day post.

DataWeekender CU5 recap

Just a quick recap for you all. DataWeekender is a free online conference for the Microsoft Data Platform community. Organized by a team of six volunteers in their own time.

It was the first online Microsoft Data Platform event to appear back in 2020 to make up for cancelled or postponed events around Europe. Because we are so proud of what we have achieved in the past we are going do it for a fifth time.

Just like the before we have put a special stamp on it by naming it CU5. As a homage to Cumulative Updates.

It will take place on Saturday May 14. You can register to attend DataWeekender either through this DataWeekender CU5 Meetup link or by clicking on the below logo.

DataWeekender CU5 logo
DataWeekender CU5 logo

DataWeekender CU5 schedule

As you can see on the DataWeekender CU5 schedule we also have plenty of variety again. With sessions covering whole spectrum of application and services. Including Azure Data Engineering services, Power BI and SQL Server.

We have great speakers from all around the world speaking. Starting with a fantastic combination of sixty-minute sessions and lightning talks at 9am CEST. Including fairly new MVP Heidi Hasting (l/t).

9am line-up as part of the DataWeekender CU5 schedule
9am CEST line-up

We have a variety of speakers for our lightning talks.

One thing in particular that I want to highlight is that new speaker Saikat Dutta has written a very moving post about his lightning talk on LinkedIn.

You can read it by clicking on the previous link or on the image for the 9am lightning talks below.

9am lightning talks at which are part DataWeekender CU5 schedule
9am CEST lightning talks
15:10 CEST lightning talks

Just like before, we have speakers who are either new or have little experience presenting sixty-minute sessions at the same time. So, if you want to support an up-and-coming speaker you can attend one of their sessions at 11:20am Central European Summer Time (9:20am UTC).

11:20 time slot
11:20 CEST time slot

Co-presented sessions at DataWeekender CU5

As some of you know, I’m a big fan of co-presented sessions. Which is why I am pleased to see that we have a few of them at DataWeekender CU5 schedule now that it is live.

Starting with a session called ‘The most dangerous demo ever (or how to perform real-time analysis on the speaker’s heart rate)’. Presented by Tomas Neubauer (l/t) and Javier Blanco.

Later in the day at 2pm CEST, community superstar Deepthi Goguri (l/t) and Kay Sauter (l/t) are presenting about Azure fundamentals and automation. For those wondering, I call Deepthi a community superstar due to the large number of presentations she has done over the last couple of years.

Finally, Andy Cutler (l/t) and Nikola Ilic (l/t) are co-presenting about the new Enterprise Data Analyst Associate certification. Which will cover the new DP-500 exam that is proving to be very popular. Which I talked about in a previous post.

Of course, we have a large number of other sessions relating to Power BI during the day as well.

Including both a ten-minute lightning talk and a sixty-minute session about Charticulator. We did this on purpose. So that you can get an overview of it at 9:10am CEST and than see more about it at 10:10am CEST.

Final sessions at DataWeekender CU5

As you can see in the DataWeekender CU5 schedule, we have lots of great sessions throughout the entire DataWeekender CU5 conference. With some fantastic sessions to end the conference with.

16:20 time slot at DataWeekender CU5
16:20 CEST time slot

Including a session by Mala Mahadevan (l/t). Mala will be covering how she came to terms with her chronic worry and how she turned it around. I think a lot of people will be able to relate to this in the current climate.

Final words about the DataWeekender CU5 schedule (for now)

I hope people are excited that the DataWeekender CU5 schedule is now live. I know I am.

In fact, if I had the time, I would write down why I am excited about all of the sessions on the schedule. Because I think they all have great things to offer the Microsoft Data Platform community. Spoiler alert, there is a good reason why I put the words for now in parenthesis.

You can find out more information about DataWeekender in detail on the DataWeekender website. Of course, if you have any comments or queries about this post feel free to reach out to me.

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