Upcoming SQL Saturday Conference in Albany is a Hidden Gem

The fifth annual SQL Saturday Conference is returning to the Capital Region at the University at Albany on July 28. The free, daylong event is ideal for SQL server professionals who want to level up their skills or anyone interested in learning about SQL server, business intelligence, and analytics.

This year’s agenda will include 30 sessions covering topics such as big data, security and performance, in addition to a women-in-technology luncheon and lightning talks. The session speakers come from businesses including Blue Metal, Preventure Inc. Wellness, Nuance Communications, and WayFair. 

The schedule for this year’s event includes multiple sessions for beginner, intermediate and advanced SQL users. If you’re interested in attending specific sessions, it’s easy to build your schedule.

Prior to the SQL Saturday Conference, there will be two paid, in-depth training, Precon sessions offered at the Hilton Garden Inn at SUNY Albany. In one session, veteran data architect John Miner will give an Introduction to Data Science with PythonMicrosoft employee TR Barari will host the other session about Azure Data and AI Services, including Azure SQL Data Warehouse, Azure Machine Learning and Azure Cognitive Services.  

SQL Saturday events bring together some of the brightest minds in the community to share insights, network and learn from industry experts. There will also be raffle prizes handed out, including a drone giveaway, at the Albany SQL Saturday event later this month.

Ed Pollack works for Datto (formerly Autotask Corporation), which has sponsored the local SQL Saturday conference for all five years of its existence in the Capital Region. There might be no bigger fan of the event than Pollack himself. “Conferences often cost thousands of dollars to attend and require additional travel. Our conference is free - this is unheard of in the tech world,” he explains.

For attendees, it can be a career game changer, and one that comes at little cost beyond the time needed to attend. “Many people have landed great jobs after attending a SQL Saturday event. Some have gone on to speak at events and become experts in their field,” says Pollack.

All SQL Saturday sessions will take place in Lecture Centers 20-25, located in the center of the University at Albany campus, encircling the large fountain (view a campus map). Registrants are encouraged to park in the State Purple lot – parking throughout campus is free on weekends. Registrationis free. Breakfast and lunch at the conference can be purchased for $10.