As I prepare to speak at my first PASS Summit, I continue to keep tabs on activities, programs, news, and announcements as they come up.
One such program to which I applied is the PASS Summit Buddy Program. The idea is that first-time attendees (like myself) are assigned a “buddy” whom you can contact so that you aren’t isolated and overwhelmed (well, I expect I will be, anyway) during your first PASS Summit experience. Last week, I received an email saying that I have been assigned a buddy. I emailed him last week to introduce myself and to break the ice. As of this article, I have yet to hear back from him. I’m not concerned; for all I know, he’s busy with stuff and hasn’t had a chance to acknowledge my email, if he’s even seen it. For what it’s worth, I have my own fish to fry as well. Nevertheless, I look forward to hearing back from him.
I went poking around the activities page and noticed that some new things were now on it. One new thing that wasn’t there the last time I visited was a breakfasts page — actually, sponsor sessions in which they serve breakfast. I might consider attending; from what I’ve been told, sponsor breakfasts are an opportunity to get an actual hot breakfast at Summit! I also noticed a new luncheon as well, something else that might also be worth checking out.
Of course, what’s a conference without attending sessions? I went through the list of sessions and marked off those that interest me (it includes a function to mark “favorite” sessions). Of course, I made sure that I marked off my own session. I think it’d behoove me to make sure that I attended my own session!
I decided to splurge on a polo shirt from the PASS Stuff page. I can always use more polo shirts.
I also came across another new link: next year’s PASS Summit! It will not be in Seattle next year; it will be in Houston, TX, November 10-13! I’ve only been to Houston once (for my friends’ wedding, many years ago), and as I remember, it was a fun city to visit! I also have several friends who live in and around Houston (to my Houston friends reading this, take note!). I might need to consider applying to speak at PASS Summit next year. We’ll see how it goes!
As I write this, it occurred to me that I leave for PASS Summit in only eight weeks from today! It’s getting closer, and I’m looking forward to the experience!