About a week before the start of PASS Summit 2017, the DH2i team got word that we had a 3-day conference pass to PASS Summit 2017 that we were not going to be able to use ourselves.
It was a bit of a long shot that late in the game, but we decided our most desired outcome would be for the conference pass to find its way into the hands of an IT pro who wasn’t otherwise going to be able to afford the trip to the biggest SQL Server/BI event of the year.
Sure enough—only about 36 hours after initiating a social media campaign—our message had spread through the SQL Family universe. Slava Murygin recommended a perfect individual for the giveaway—his friend and colleague Mamunul Islam, a database administrator based in Baltimore who Slava had worked with to organize a recent SQLSaturday event. Given how late of notice this was, we were so excited that Mamunul was able to scramble to arrange flights, a hotel and the other logistics for the event to make it a reality.
We eventually got the opportunity to meet Mamunul in the exhibitor hall and he was kind enough to answer some questions about his experience once the event had concluded:
What was your favorite part of PASS Summit?
Apart from the keynote sessions, I think it was the moment when I met the DH2i team at the booth (I swear we didn’t make him say that :)).
Have you attended or helped organize any other PASS community events in the past?
Yes, I helped my local chapter to organize a SQL Saturday event last year.
What was the most valuable session you attended?
For me it was Grant Fritchey and Chris Woodruff’s session on “Bridging the DBA and Developer Relationship (Dev).”
Is there a Data Platform MVP or SQL Server celebrity who has been the most useful or inspirational on your journey learning about SQL Server so far?
There are many people that have been inspirational to me, including Itzik Ben Gan, Bob Ward, and Brent Ozar.