We are living in some very interesting times and the technical conference community is facing some challenges like it never has before. So many in-person events have been postponed or cancelled. For those who are speakers, like myself, this have been very challenging. I have worked from home for over eight years, so the new “norm” is just the same old same old for me. But I used my speaking engagements as a way to connect with others in the tech community on a fairly regular basis. Now that this has been put on hold for who knows how long, I’m having a tough time staying connected.
I am very fortunate that I work in an area that is still very much in high demand and still employed, unlike many others who have been furloughed or laid off. With so many people unemployed now more than ever in the world, many of those folks are contemplating a career change. Thankfully, I have a fellow Data Platform MVP in the US who has partnered with a colleague in Europe to bring a new kind of tech conference to those who are looking to break into the data platform arena. Oh, and it’s virtual – and it’s free! So you don’t have to leave your home and if you are on a tight budget, you don’t have to spend a thing.
I am so honored to have been selected to speak at this first of it’s kind, beginner-virtual-free conference, Data Platform Discovery Day. I will be presenting my What is Power BI session, so if you’ve ever wondered about Power BI and have some free time on your hands, then come join me on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. There are lots of great introductory sessions out there, here’s the US sessions list and the European sessions list. There’s still time to register for the US Sessions or register for the UK sessions.
I hope you are all doing well and staying home and staying safe.