It’s now running until Friday April 24th. That’s good news if you couldn’t get yourself together by this Friday. However, I wonder if they’re also extending the time for the committee to make it’s decisions? That means extended worry and sweat for those of us who have already submitted abstracts. But, on the other hand, if they haven’t extended the committee’s deadlines, then that means those guys are going to be working their behinds off to meet the original date (end of May).
I also wonder if it means that they’re not getting enough abstracts or if the quality of the abstracts has slipped? New this year you can check out the abstracts to see what others have submitted. That makes for some interesting reading, but now I’m wondering if it’s scared people off. I mean, if you saw that Itzik Ben Gan had submitted a tips & tricks session for TSQL, are you going to put one in as well? Well you should! Last year I think there were two or three different sessions talking about “worst” practices for TSQL (Gail Shaw’s “The Dirty Dozen” was the best though). So you can submit abstracts that, on the surface, appear to be duplicates of others. You’re going to provide a unique point of view on the information and people may connect with you better than with some of the big name stars (yeah, I know it’s unlikely, but that’s what I keep telling myself).
Get out there and submit your abstract.