FAQs

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Check below to see answers to frequently asked questions. If you didn’t find the answer to your question, send us a message at contactus@sqlbits.com.

Payment/Pricing

Pricing is detailed on our Pricing page. Virtual participants get a 30% discount off the price of in-person attendance.

As ever, on SQLBits Saturday (March 23rd, 2024) you can attend both in-person and virtually absolutely free of charge.

At SQLBits, inclusivity is at the heart of what we do. We understand that various circumstances, whether that’s being a student, a parent, a caregiver, or anything else, might make attending financially challenging.

If you’re eager to attend SQLBits but are going to struggle to afford it, please reach out to our team at contactus@sqlbits.com. We have an annual attendance assistance fund to help subsidise a limited number of delegates. Your presence matters, and we’re here to make it possible for you!

Our primary method of payment is via credit card. We’ve made this choice to reduce admin and ultimately keep ticket costs down. If you would like to use invoices for your payment, we can accommodate this for large groups, although please note that there will be a processing fee associated with this option.

If you have problems paying then please contact us.

To complete your payment, please use the online credit card option available on our registration platform through our website.

We accept Visa, Mastercard, and Amex. Your account and confirmation email will offer the option to download an invoice if needed. Regrettably, we do not facilitate in-person payments at the event venue or accept payments via cheque.

For a seamless experience, it’s essential to settle your registration payment in full at least 24 hours before the event’s commencement. This ensures your registration’s validity and grants you access to the event.

A quick and very important tip: Any time-sensitive discounts are tied to your payment date, not your registration date. So make sure to finalize your payment promptly.

Yes, we are a VAT-registered company providing services within the UK so we have to charge VAT at UK rates.

All fees are subject to UK VAT at 20%, even if you are registered for VAT within the EU, but outside of the UK.

Attending a SQLBits conference is classed as a supply of services, and the supply takes place within the UK, therefore UK VAT is chargeable for all attendees, regardless of their location.

All discounts are detailed on our Pricing page. Please be aware that only one discount can be used per person.

Absolutely, we’re thrilled to offer you a 5% discount!

To make it happen, simply share your user group or meetup name along with the leader’s email address with us at contactus@sqlbits.com. Once we receive this info, we’ll wing over a discount code to your leader who can share this code with group members.

You can save your registration and return to it at a later date using the ‘Save and pay later’ option. Any time-sensitive discounts are tied to your payment date, not your registration date. So, to enjoy these perks, make sure to finalize your payment promptly. 

You can now pay for your SQLBits booking over two payments. Please send us a message at contactus@sqlbits.com for more details and how to action this.

Registration

You only need to pre-book session selections for Tuesday, a day of full training days, where you spend the whole day learning about a single topic in detail. These must be pre-booked at the time you register.

The remainder of the week you can choose which session you want to go to as and when you choose. Check our Agenda page for more information. Be sure to watch out for the popular sessions as room capacity is fixed and seats are taken on a first come, first served basis, however we will be live streaming footage of these busy sessions onto the wall in the main expo hall and providing headsets for you to listen in (just one of our Inclusivity initiatives.)

To swap/change training day sessions, please head to your confirmation email and click the link to modify your booking.

Session spots are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, so securing your spot early is a smart move. Remember, spaces might open up later (keep an eye out daily!), or you can opt to join us virtually for the experience if your training day speaker has made this an option.

When you’re registering, feel free to mix and match to create your ideal SQLBits experience but don’t forget, the more days you attend, the more you save.

Saturday is a gift from us to you! No cost is involved.

You’re absolutely welcome to book through a training provider of your choice. However, it’s important to keep in mind that this doesn’t affect the associated costs in any way. Rest assured, the pricing remains consistent regardless of the booking route you take.

Registered Address:

SQLBits Limited, Vaughan Chambers, Vaughan Road, Harpenden AL5 4EE

VAT GB 944056228

SQLBits Limited is a private limited company, registered in England. Company Number 0636436

Please see the Contact page for more details!

Just visit our registration portal using the email (also known as your username) and password you set up during registration. Here you’ll have the power to adjust your booking as needed. contact us to do this for you if needed.

The Customer may cancel a registration and receive a full refund if cancelled up to 90 days before the Event start date, or for cancellations up to 30 days before the Event start date with an administration fee of 40% of the cost.

For registrations cancelled 30 days or less before the Event SQLBits offers no refund. Group discounts will be re-calculated following cancellations, and any refund due will be less the group discount monies if no longer applicable.

The agenda will come out in due course, typically just before the new year. The reason we open ticket sales before the agenda is released is to allow those to buy discounted tickets during an early bird sale. We are confident there will be something for everybody at SQLBits.  If you’d like an idea of the content we show at SQLBits, you can watch past sessions here.

Speakers

The sky’s the limit when it comes to submitting sessions! Feel free to keep sending in your ideas without any constraints.

At SQLBits we seek to provide fresh content at the very highest standard for our delegates. We expect all our speakers to have some experience, and don’t feel SQLBits is the right place for someone to make their first solo presentation at a large event with the exception of lightning talks where we welcome and encourage first-time speakers.

If you are looking to get into speaking, we’d love to support you via our Connect activity. Visit the page here to find out more.

If you’ve spoken elsewhere but are new to the SQLBits stage, welcome! Great to have you here. If you’re looking for a bit of extra support, you’ll notice in the submissions process we offer you the opportunity to team up with a wingman (aka a seasoned speaker) to boost your confidence. Or, on the flip side, you could be a mentor looking to guide someone on their speaking journey.

Swing by our speaker guidance for more information.

We use Sessionize for our Call for Speakers. You can find out more on our speaker page, where the Speaker Guidance is a valuable resource to guide you through the full submission process. Call for Speakers is now closed for SQLBits 2024.

Gathering feedback from our attendees takes a little time, usually a few weeks. But rest assured, once we have everything compiled, our top priority is to share this valuable feedback with our speakers.

If you are looking to get into speaking, we’d love to support you via our Connect activity. Visit the page?here?to find out more. 

If you’ve spoken elsewhere but are new to the SQLBits stage, welcome! Great to have you here. If you’re looking for a bit of extra support, you’ll notice in the submissions process we offer you the opportunity to team up with a wingman (aka a seasoned speaker) to boost your confidence. Or, on the flip side, you could be a mentor looking to guide someone on their speaking journey. 

Swing by our?speaker guidance?for more information. 

General bits and bobs!

SQLBits 2024 runs from Tuesday March 19th to Saturday March 23rd 2024, in Farnborough, UK.

  • Tuesday 19th March is a full day training day, where you pre-select a session that will last the whole day.
  • Wednesday 20th March is a day of 100 minute sessions, which you can select on the day.
  • Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd March are days full of 20 and 50 minute sessions, which you can select on the day.
  • Saturday 23rd is a free day, full of 20 and 50 minute sessions, which you can select on the day. Even though this is free, you do still need to register.

Fear not, brave traveller, we have compiled a Travel & Accommodation page for this very purpose!

Yes, once again we will be presenting SQLBits as a hybrid event. Further details on our streaming platform will be available closer to the event. Hybrid event attendees receive a 30% discount on in-person attendance.

If you decide to switch from in-person attendance to virtual participation (or vice versa), let us know at contactus@sqlbits.com, and we’ll make the transition smooth.

If you make the switch more than 30 days before the event, you’ll be in for a refund of the difference. Our refund policy has all the nitty-gritty details if you’re curious.

When you register for in-person attendance, you automatically score virtual access too. So, you have the power to mix and match – attend some days in-person and others virtually, all based on what suits your schedule best.

Our world-renowned party is back in action on Friday night, promising an unforgettable experience, and that’s not all – our classic tradition of a curry feast and a pub quiz is locked in for Thursday night plus the return of Board Game Night on Wednesday.

Now, here’s the exciting twist: our event in 2024 is sporting a spectacular Aviation theme. We’d love for you to join in on the magic by dressing up accordingly. It’s a chance to let your imagination take flight!

Plus, don’t forget, you’re welcome to bring along your family and friends. The more, the merrier!

Absolutely! Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, need gluten-free options, or have similar requests, you can make those specifications during the registration process.

We’re committed to making your dining experience as enjoyable as possible. While we’ll collaborate with the venue to try and fulfil your requirements, please understand that there might be limitations.

We’ll ask about any dietary requirements you have when you onboard to our event app.

Regrettably, we’re unable to generate certificates of attendance since we don’t maintain a record of your specific session attendance throughout the event. Our focus is on delivering an exceptional experience for all attendees.

Rest assured, your well-being is at the core of our concerns. We’re continually monitoring and evaluating government guidance and regulations. Additionally, we’re diligently adhering to the protocols set by our venue to ensure a safe environment for everyone.

Your health, comfort, and safety have been and will remain our topmost priority. If you have any questions or if there’s anything specific you’d like to know, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re committed to making sure your SQLBits experience is both enriching and secure.

The rules around traveling into England are subject to change, so please review the information?provided by UK Government.?If you are traveling to an airport outside England you will need to locate the regulations for that particular location (England/Northern Ireland/Scotland/Wales details). 

By visiting our Accessibility page here. If we’ve missed anything, we’re sorry, let us know by emailing us and we’ll add it to the pre-information available.

Yes! If you’re an accredited member of the press looking to attend and report on SQLBits 2024, take a look here.

If you run a blog, YouTube channel or other platform for data professionals, we want to hear from you here.

The theme this year is Aviation, if you’d like more details as to why we have a theme at SQLBits, please take a read of this handy blog. 

All included in the price of your SQLBits ticket – we have the following extra events! 

The Friday night party is, you guessed it, on Friday 22nd March at 7:30PM. Fancy dress, networking, street food, games, singing and dancing!

Games night is hosted on Wednesday 20th March 7.30PM and gives you the chance to put your cognitive processes to the test?and?bond with teammates over a board game or two in a fun yet relaxed environment.

Pub quiz/trivia night on Thursday 21st March, 7.30PM – join new and old friends to make up teams of 10 or less to answer themed trivia questions, win prizes, and enjoy a curry.

The SQLBits run is hosted around the Farnborough IECC as a easy to navigate 5k route. 

Meet the Trainer on Monday 18th March at 7:30PM allows you to get talking to the hosts of your given training day BEFORE SQLBits even begins!

If you are a speaker and need a VISA letter, you should’ve already been contacted about how to access this, please contact your given speaker contact. If you are an attendee, you can get this letter by sharing your SQLBits confirmation email.  

We are more than happy to accommodate everyone at SQLBits, we currently have steps in place to look out for everyone, such as quiet zones, headphone usage, avoidance of strong smells, safe foods and so much more. If you would like to make a specific request to improve your time at SQLBits, please let us know at dei@sqlbits.com 

Confirmed speakers can book accommodation through SQLBits – more information will be made available after selection. 

Why not check out what?Airbnb?or?Booking.com?has in the area, or use your?favorite hotel booking website?

SQLBits will be providing a daily free bus service from Farnborough Main Train Station and The Village Hotel to Farnborough IECC. You are more than welcome to get a taxi/walk to the places just mentioned and also make sure of the free shuttle bus.

The buses will run Tuesday to Saturday on a rolling service. Visit our Travel & Accommodation page for more information.

There are lots of food choices included in your ticket price throughout SQLBits, including breakfast and lunch. Dinner is also provided at our evening events as well as snacks throughout the day, which include tea/coffee/juice/water. Here’s the menu for SQLBits 2024.

If you have any allergies/intolerances, you can share this with us during booking your ticket! 

Farnborough’s waste management supplier collects all the waste and takes it to their centre where it is handpicked and sorted. Following SQLBits, an Advanced Waste Report will be produced showing a summary breakdown of the waste types removed, and a chart demonstrating their recycling overview, which we will share after the event.

SQLBits has a multifaith prayer room which welcomes those from all cultures and religions who would like a quiet place to worship. This will be accessible during opening hours and is indicated on the floor plan.

SQLBits has a quiet room where you can get away from the hustle and bustle of the conference floor and sessions. This will be accessible during opening hours and is indicated on the floor plan. We also have a counsellor who will be available throughout SQLBits. Further information on how to arrange an appointment will be available soon.