If you are interested in an event that combines fun, learning SQL, networking, and friendly competition with your peers, you've come to the right place. Create your team for a game of SQL-off against other teams. If you can write a SQL query, you have the skills required to play.
Here is how the game works:
Participants play in teams of 2-4 people. If you don't have a team, we'll help you form one at the event. This is partly a networking event after all.
Each team must have at least one laptop with SQL Server 2005 or higher (any edition). You can download the Express edition for free from Microsoft.
This is a T-SQL quiz game. Questions in the form of SQL query requirements will be presented to the teams, one question at a time. Teams are expected to work on their laptops to find a solution to the question. You are free to use the Internet for help/reference, but must do the work yourself.
If a team believes it has the solution, one or more team members can come up to the display screen and type in their SQL code answer. If their query produces the desired result, that team is awarded the points for that question. We move on to the next question.
If a team's answer is incorrect, the next team waiting to answer that question will be given the opportunity to type in their solution.
As the game progresses, questions get harder and are worth more points.
At the end of the game, the team with the highest number of points wins. In case of a tie, the team that answered the last question correctly wins.
Expert desk: you can rent an expert to help you solve a query. Experts will help you find the answer, but will not solve the query for you.
How this started: I got the idea for this event as a result of attending various database conferences such as SQL Saturday and PASS Summit. There were what seemed like the business parts of the conferences in the form of technical learning sessions, and the fun parts in the form of after-hours parties and socializing. How about something that combined the two? How about a database-related game? Didn't exist to my knowledge, so I decided to create it myself. If you are interested in running this event for your own user group, or would like to participate, please get in touch (firstname.lastname@example.org).