Learning through others

This PASS Summit was a different experience for me – I wasn’t speaking. I’ve presented at three of the five PASS Summits I’ve been to, where the previous one I’d not spoken at was 2012, while I was a PASS Director (and had been told I shouldn’t submit talks – advice that I’d ignored in … Continue reading Learning through others

PASS Summit WIT Lunch

With the pleasant sound of cutlery on crockery, those lucky enough to secure tickets to the WIT Lunch at the PASS Summit get to listen to an interview with Kimberly Bryant, who is the founder of a non-profit organisation called Black Girls Code – helping teenaged girls from low-privilege communities to get into technology. She … Continue reading PASS Summit WIT Lunch

Dr Rimma Nehme at the PASS Summit

This Summit’s presentation from Microsoft Research Labs is from Dr Rimma Nehme, bucking the trend of having presentations from Dr David DeWitt. I’m really pleased to be able to hear from her, because she’s an absolute legend. Among her qualifications is work on the PDW Query Optimizer – a topic closer to me than probably … Continue reading Dr Rimma Nehme at the PASS Summit

PASS Summit – Thursday Keynote

It’s good to point out it’s still only Thursday, as my laptop tells me that it’s already Friday. Today is the second of only two keynotes this Summit, which means that it’s the opportunity to hear from Microsoft Research Labs about what’s going on with data from their perspective. It’s also when we get to … Continue reading PASS Summit – Thursday Keynote

Keynote technologies – new or not?

So I’m sitting in the PASS Summit keynote, and there are some neat things being shown. Something that just appeared on the screen was around having the location of shoppers being shown on a plan of a store. There were some ‘Oohs’ coming from around the room, as they mentioned that Kinect was being used … Continue reading Keynote technologies – new or not?

PASS Summit keynote

The PASS Summit has kicked off again with a tremendous keynote from Ranga. He’s been in the role at Microsoft for a little over a year now, and has really come into his own, as can be seen by the presentation this morning. The changes to the data picture haven’t changed hugely over the past … Continue reading PASS Summit keynote