We did it. SQL Server 2008 Community launch in Kandy, Sri Lanka was successful beyond our expectation. Success was due to two reasons. One, number of participants and two, their enthusiasm.
Around 80 developers, software engineers, tech leads, IT lectures, students participated in the event even though it was a Poyaday. Most encouraging thing is that their participation in the sessions.
We started on time but couldn't finish on time mainly due to the several reasons but most of the participants were there till the end.
We were invited to do regular presentations in Kandy and we are looking into the possibilities of conducting frequent sessions in future by joining hands with other two communities, dotnetforum and ITPro.
On personal note. this is he first session I did outside the city of Colombo.
We need to thank few people and organizations who supported us immensely. First of all, Microsoft who developed fantastic database SQL Server 2008 and Microsoft Sri Lanka and Wela for giving us the financial help to held the event. Red-gate and Rachel Hawley, Marketing Communities who sponsored valuable gift items to distribute. Red-Gate does not need a second invitation to support and they kept that trend again. ESoft donated 30% Microsoft Exam Class vouchers and they ensured that every one was rewarded for their precious participation. Dr. Sandagirigama, Mr. Akanka Maillawa and other support stuff at Peradeniya university who helped us by providing EOF Perera hall and made sure that everything was in right order. Last but not least, the participants. Without these people event was not a reality. They came to Peradeniya university despite the poyaday and hope they got your time worth.
Event highlights in images will be published in shortly.
Next we need to plan for the Colombo event. Few things will change and will update when the things are get finalized.