SQL Pass Events Site Relaunched

Are you going to PASS Summit 2011 in October? If so, you might want to check out the updated site I launched called PASS Summit Events. PASS Summit Events will be your one stop shop for all of the events and after parties at PASS Summit 2011.

Anyone can create an event on the site, all you need to do is sign in with your Windows Live credentials. Once signed in a link to create an event will appear. Please note, the event will not be available until it is reviewed and approved for display by an administrator.

I added a few social media features like integration with Facebook and Twitter. A cleaner more consistent UI, bitly url shorten for sharing the event. And better support for Bing maps.

Check out the site.


Staying connected

Don’t feel like checking out the site every day to see what is happening? Here are a few resources to help you.

The site

RSS Feed

GeoRSS Feed

iCal Feed

Map of events


Mobile Users

You will be able to view all of the events that are happening, even filter by day. In addition, you can view the events on a Map, and check out the event info.

Mobile Site

Mobile Map

Windows Phone 7 App
Not available

iPhone and iPad App

Bellevue / Seattle

In case you do not want to check out the events. Here are some other resources, also accessible from the site.

Bing Local – Bellevue


Bing Local – Seattle


Transportation – Bellevue


Transportation – Seattle


INETA and TechEd

Since being elected the President of INETA North America in April, I have heard some good and bad things about INETA from several people.  I want to make INETA better and more relevant for people and user groups. That being said, I will be at Microsoft Tech·Ed in Atlanta next week along with the rest of the INETA board and would like to chat with people about the good, bad and ugly of INETA.  I will be

  • At the INETA Community Leadership Summit on Sunday
  • The INETA Booth in the Connect Zone on the Expo floor at 12:30pm daily for the INETA raffle. 
  • Community Night on Tuesday
  • Walking through out the convention center.

If you have some compliments, complains, suggestions or just want to chat, here’s how you can get a hold of me:

BTW, INETA is doing a lot this year at Microsoft Tech·Ed, check out the full list here.

I look forward to chatting with you.

MVP Summit Events Launched

One thing that I have noticed of the past few years when it comes to conference or “Summits” is that there are a lot of after parties, tweets, etc. that happen.  Most of the time it is difficult to get the word out about these events or even find out about them.  That’s where MVPSummitEvents.com comes in.  The site will hopefully be a one stop shop to find public events that are happening at the Microsoft 2010 MVP Global Summit.

From the site you can add events, create venues, display events, subscribe to the RSS feed or iCal feed, download an event to outlook or calendar client that can consume a .VCS file. Note: the creation of events and venues requires you to sign in using your Windows Live Id account, no information from Live is used within our site.

If the site is successful, I plan to white label it to use with other events like MIX2010, TechEd, PDC, etc.

Let me know what you think at jguadagno@sevdnug.org

A November to Remember

And no it is not because the Yankees won the World Series (although congrats to them) it is because it has been an awesome month for me personally and professionally.

On the personal front…

My son’s baseball team, which I am an assistant coach, finished the season undefeated in regular season games (end of year tournament in next week).  My son hit his first over the fence homerun which was a Grand Slam (technically not November but pretty awesome). My daughter’s softball team, which I am an assistant coach, finished the season undefeated in regular season games (end of year tournament in next week).

I get to go to fly back to NY in a few days to see family and friends and wish my mother a happy 60th birthday.

On the professional front…

I was elected to the North American INETA board of directors.

I was elected to the AZGiveCamp executive committee, VP of Operations.  As the VP I will oversee the activities of the Logistics, Sponsorship, Technology and Publicity teams.

I put together my first Code Camp, Desert Code Camp.

I am presenting a Bird of Feather session at PDC with Chris Woodruff on “How to Build and Enrich Your Technical and Local Community” on Tuesday Nov 17 from 11a – 12p.  Stop by if you want to see how to build your community.


That’s it for now.  Hopefully I can relax a bit in December.

Desert Code Camp is back

The next Desert Code Camp is scheduled for Saturday November 7th, 2009 at DeVry University.  Great sessions, networking, food, and WIFI (yes WIFI) will be provided. So come out learn, teach, network. It will be great.


DeVry University
2149 W. Dunlap Ave (map)
Phoenix, Arizona 85021

Submit your talks, sessions, ideas for talks at the Desert Code Camp site.

On Twitter follow @DesertCodeCamp, @AZGroups, and @SEVDNUG for more information updates. Tweet up the event with the hashtag of #DCC09.