As many of you know networking is a really useful way to get to know people who can help you do your job better. You may find future employees or great hints and tips, or someone who is well connected and can find you other useful people within your industry.  To help provide this opportunity SQLBits have been working with some of their sponsors to bring you two evenings of networking to compliment their event.

Please note that these events are ONLY open to people already attending SQLBits

Thursday Night is Casino Night - sponsored by Fusion-io
Are you ready to double down on ultra fast Microsoft SQL 2012 performance? On Thursday night your ticket to SQLBits guarantees you access to the SQLBits casino night presented by Platinum Sponsor Fusion-io from 6:30 - 11 pm. Coming in black tie will win you more casino tokens and refreshment tickets at the door.
Whether you’re all in for a round of blackjack or wishing for 7’s in a game of craps, we’ll have your game on hand with cards flying and dice rolling fast and furious - rest assured that the only disk you'll see spinning will be the roulette wheels! To mix in a little business, Thomas Kejser, SQLBits’ favourite anglophile and technology sophistocrat, will host ten minute Flash Fireside Chats held on the hour at the Fusion-io stand to help you discover how to tune SQL Server 2012 to make the most of your flash investment. Food and drink will keep things festive, and high velocity prizes will be awarded to those that play their hands well at this not-to-be-missed gala event.


Friday Night is Pub Night
On Friday night we've got yet another massive party planned: it's a pub-themed event with a quiz, karaoke, retro arcade games, pool and more. The main attraction will be a darts tournament featuring top professional darts players Anastasia Dobromyslova, Wayne Mardle and Justin Pipe - and before you ask, yes, we've even hired a proper professional darts MC to say "One Hundred and Eiiiiiiiiiiiiiggggggggghhhhhhtttttteeeeeeeeee".
We've made every effort to recreate the ambiance of a traditional British boozer on a Friday night so you can relax with your pint, enjoy some pub grub, win some great prizes, show off your skills on the oche and then top it all off by embarrassing yourself with a drunken rendition of "(Everything I do) I do it for you". Just make sure you're in a fit state to make it to the Saturday conference day!


Attendance
Both events will only be open to registered attendees of the conference, and you will need to show your badges to gain entry. Spouses/partners/other halves are welcome to attend so long as you tell us when registering for the conference. If you are planning to come, you can tell your friends about it on Facebook via the SQLBits X Thursday Night Party and SQLBits X Friday Night Party event pages.