The (famous!) SQLBits Party

Friday 17th March 19:30 - midnight

With interactive games, street food, fancy dress, and of course the bar (cheers!) this is always a great way to make new friends and spend down time with your colleagues.

The SQLBits Pub Quiz

Thursday 16th March 19:30 - 22:30

Join new and old friends to make up teams of 10 or less to answer questions, win prizes, and, of course, enjoy a curry. Presented in partnership with Pure Storage, the pub quiz will be preceded by a very special tasting of local distillery Penderyn's finest whiskys and liqeuers at their stand.

The SQLBits Games Night

Wednesday 15th March 18:30 - 22:00

Put your cognitive processes to the test and bond with team mates over a board game or two in a fun yet relaxed environment.

The SQLBits Run / Couch2SQLBits

  • Wednesday 15th March 18:00 & 18:15
  • Friday 17th March 06:00

Growing more popular each year, why not come along for a friendly non-competitive run with other attendees and speakers and join the SQLBits Run, presented in partnership with Advancing Analytics.

Community Corner Events

Throughout the week, everyday!

Community Corner is a great place to meet others from the data community; to shine a light onto important causes, locally and within the data community; to spark up debates and conversations and to learn skills outside the technical. 

Tin Thursday (and Friday and Saturday)

Tin Thursday is our take on one of our nominated charities, Feed Newport's, own Tin Tuesday initiative. In Community Corner we will be building a 200-tin high tin wall, and we're asking delegates who feel able to do so to come along, buy a tin for a £1, pop their name on for posterity and start a new wall (feel free to bring your own tins along too!)  At the end of the event we will deliver all the tins and the donations to Feed Newport.

Statistics out today show an ever growing dependency on food banks, and interestingly the section of people whose need has increased most are two parent, both working, middle income families, so we're hoping our wonderful delegates can help us support Feed Newport's very worthwhile appeal. If you don't want to buy a tin but do want to donate, you can do so here.

Bob Ward Microsoft SQL Server Book signing

  • Thursday 16 March 13:00 – 14:00
  • Friday 17 March 13:00 – 14:00
  • Saturday 18 March 11:00 – 12:00

Join Microsoft's Bob Ward at SQLBits 2023 for exclusive signings of his new book, "SQL Server 2022 Revealed!" Microsoft will be giving out free copies of his book, and hosting a daily book signing with Bob at the Microsoft booth.

Don't miss this opportunity to meet Bob and get your signed copy of the book at SQLBits 2023. We hope to see you there!

Yoga & Mindfulness sessions

  • Thursday 16 March 07:00 - 08:00
  • Friday 17 March 07:00 - 08:00
  • Saturday 18 March 07:00 - 08:00

Start your day with peace, reflection and gentle stretching for body and soul before diving into SQLBits with renewed vigor and purpose! This is new to SQLBits 2023 and presented in partnership with Advancing Analytics

Meet The Dungeon Masters (aka Trainers)

  • Monday: Bob Ward, Davide Mauri, Silvano Coriani, Hylke Peek, Andy Leonard, Itzik Ben-Gan, Niko Neugebauer, Dr Dani Ljepava, Zoran Rilak, Sasa Popovic, André Kamman, Rob Sewell, Leonard Lobel
  • Tuesday: Bob Ward, Buck Woody, Heini Ilmarinen, Prathy Kamasani, Falek Miah, Jens Vestergaard, Erin Dempster, Rishi Sapra, Adam Saxton, Patrick Leblanc

Monday 13 March & Tuesday 14 March 18:00 -19:00 The Mulberry Bar, Celtic Manor Resort

What better way to set up for Tuesday and Wednesday's training days than to kick back, pop the lid on a few beers (or your chosen beverage!) and spend some time with your friends and trainers the night beforehand in the welcoming environs of Celtic Manor in this networking event to get the week started.

No need to pre-book or worry if your trainer isn't listed, just come along.

Prize giving

Thursday, Friday and Saturday immediately after sessions end - Community Corner

It's become a SQLBits tradition that every day after sessions end, we gather in Community Corner to do a prize giving; this includes a winner drawn at random from all feedback received that day, and the daily winners of competitions run on our sponsors' stands. If your name comes out and you're not there, we redraw, so make sure to stick around for this!