Last year, I unveiled GroupBy.org, a new free community event where anybody could submit a session on any topic, and the attendees would vote to see what sessions made the cut. I had a lot of questions when we started. Would people submit sessions? What kinds of sessions would readers vote for? Would they prefer attending live, or getting the recordings? When the event first took off and got a lot of abstracts and attendees, I purposely took my hands off the wheel and started letting the audience decide where things went. I stopped doing marketing, stopped pushing for abstracts,…Read
The inaugural GroupBy.org online event finished recently, and I had the sublime pleasure of watching a bunch of presenters at work. Because I was staffing the Q&A, Twitter, and Slack, I also got to watch the community reactions firsthand. People love different sessions for different reasons. Let’s start with Pinal Dave. He runs SQLauthority.com, a site that has surely shown up in your search results countless times. I bet you’ve never seen him present, and I need you to spend just a couple minutes watching him get to work. Start the video, and either watch a few minutes from the beginning, or…Read
GroupBy.org is off to an awesome start: Dozens of speakers submitted abstracts and collaborated on ’em Hundreds of readers voted to pick their favorites The winning speakers put on a heck of a show Almost 700 of you showed up to watch live Our A/V team kicked butt and got the recordings up on YouTube the very next day And I have to say the site looks pretty spiffy these days Preliminary podcast artwork I’m really proud of what you and I built over there. Here’s what’s coming next: Friday, we’ve got another 6 live sessions Our A/V team will launch the podcast…Read
About a month ago when I announced my plans to build GroupBy.org, I wrote: And I bet I can do this whole thing for free, without charging attendees or speakers. Although I’m not betting too much – I’m a huge believer in the Lean Methodology, which means you risk as little as possible when you’re building something up from scratch. Here’s the tools I used to do it. GroupBy’s Infrastructure WordPress – it’s free, powers something like 25% of the web, is crazy extensible, and has an amazing number of plugins available. Pretty much anything I build online involves WordPress in…Read
Last month I announced my next crazy idea, a free online conference, and then I asked for your help picking the logo. Now it’s time to take the wrapping off. The first GroupBy Conference is now open for session submissions! November 20-Dec 15 – Open call for abstracts, and readers can vote on which sessions they like. December 16 – Voting closes, winners are announced, and registration starts. (No big mystery here, since your votes choose the winning sessions.) January 13 – The first online event. We’ll be recording the sessions live, then uploading them to YouTube afterward for permanent archival.…Read
The free online database conference I wrote about two weeks ago now has a name: Group By. Now, we need a logo. I ran a 99designs contest, and I’ve narrowed it down to 5 choices. Don’t worry about the font or the color – we can swap those out pretty easily. Just choose your favorite mark/logo: Design #1 Design #2 Design #3 Design #4 Design #5 Alright, you’re up: tell me which one you like, and in the comments, you can talk about why, or mention tweaks you’d like to see to the logo. (I have a couple of days…Read
I wanna build something awesome where: Speakers submit session abstracts publicly online Vendors can be speakers, too (anybody can submit a talk on anything – your own open source project, paid project, Microsoft can apply, hardware vendors, etc) Readers can leave comments on the abstracts to help the author clarify and improve them Everybody votes for the abstracts they’d like to see most Once a month, voting closes, and the top X speakers/abstracts for next month are picked (maybe 5, maybe 10, let’s play this by ear) Sessions are held online in an easy-to-watch platform, on a predictable day/time (like the first Tuesday of every month,…Read
Hi. I’m Brent.
I live in Iceland with my wife Erika. I'm on an epic life quest to have fun and make a difference.
I co-founded Brent Ozar Unlimited to help make your SQL Server go faster. I also maintain sp_Blitz® and the open source First Responder Kit repo.