Redgate Streamed

Last week, I had the pleasure of participating in Redgate Streamed, a three-day virtual conference organized by my friends at Redgate. My session was Shortcuts from an impatient DBA–discussing a bunch of Management Studio tips & tricks for data professionals. The virtual conference was free for all, and was recorded and freely available to watch on demand. The recording of my session is available as part of the Day 2 recording, and you can also see some equally great sessions from Day 1 and Day 3.

Beyond the data community

Redgate pulled this event together in just a couple of weeks, following the postponement of SQLBits and other conferences due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Redgate’s event announcement for Streamed included donating their SQLBits budget to help the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 response fund, and also donating an additional $1 on behalf of everyone who registers.

Redgate’s generosity inspired me to follow their lead and donate $1 per attendee to a charity that is working on the front lines of the COVID-19 response. There were about 750 people who attended my session last Thursday, so I’ve made a $750 donation to No Kid Hungry.

Why No Kid Hungry?

Hunger & food insecurity (not knowing where your next meal is coming from) are very real in America. No Kid Hungry works to eliminate food insecurity for kids, to ensure no kid ever goes hungry. Hungry kids can’t focus, can’t learn, and can’t reach their full potential. No Kid Hungry does incredible work to help get meals to kids who need them, and to be advocates for voiceless kids in order to continue improving the programs that serve them.

America’s kids need us. The coronavirus is closing schools nationwide, and millions of vulnerable children are losing the school meals they depend on. For some, it’s the only food they’ll receive in a given day. Schools everywhere are closed or have moved to virtual learning, making access to these meals even more difficult. Over a half billion school meals have been missed because of school closures. No Kid Hungry is helping schools & community groups find new ways to feed those kids.

I’m very proud to support No Kid Hungry, and hope that by sharing this, others will also support important charities like No Kid Hungry through a donation, or in other ways.