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dataMinds Connect 2021

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11 Oct 2021

event ends

12 Oct 2021


Lamot Conference and Heritage Center, Van Beethovenstraat 8-10, 2800 Mechelen Mechelen, Flanders, Belgium

dataMinds Connect is a 2 day in-person event in the wonderful city of Mechelen, Belgium. It's an IT related event with a specific focus on the Microsoft Data & AI Platform

This is the new and improved version of the (former SQL Server Days. New and improved, keeping in mind the same core values. 2 days filled with learning, networking and a whole lot of laughs while doing so! 

This year will be the 14th edition of the conference, and running for the fith time as dataMinds Connect. Aiming to bring together all people with a passion for the Microsoft Data & AI Platform, in all flavours possible, we're hoping to reunite with our many community members in person again, and share our common passion.

Go ahead and clearly mark Monday October 11th and Tuesday October 12th 2021 in your schedule, as these will be 2 days you don't want to miss!

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Call for Speakers
CfS opens at 12:00 AM

27 Apr 2021

CfS closes at 11:59 PM

06 Jun 2021

This event is in Romance Daylight Time (UTC+02:00) timezone.
Closing time in your timezone is .


When in doubt, reach out to the organising team for more information! We're all human beings here, so there's nothing we can't have a civil conversation about to figure things out. 
Seriously, talk to us.


Open for all sessions related to the Microsoft Data & AI Platform, in all possible flavours. Going from your more traditional DBA and BI topics, to more advanced AI topics.

Non-tech sessions, contributing to a better and more diverse community, are welcomed with open arms. Think Mental Health for IT Pros, Imposter Syndrome, Amplifying Diversity & Inclusion, ..

All conference sessions will be 60 minutes, and allocated to a track by the organising team.


Proposals for precon sessions (full day workshops) are very welcomed, but bear in mind that we're also searching for these on our own. It may be possible that certain slots will be already booked. 


We wholeheartedly encourage all new speakers to submit a proposal as a Newcomer. To be clear, new speakers are considered to be people who have not yet spoken at a (technical) conference. User Group sessions, webinars and client/team presentations are not taken into account. 

Each new speaker will be paired up with a buddy/mentor, who will provide them with highly valuable tips & tricks. Even more so, we'll provide new speakers with all assistance they need and want whilst preparing for their debut.

EXPERT SESSIONS (400+, blow out some brains):

Following the positive reactions on our Experts Track, we're specifically looking for deep dive sessions on advanced, complex topics. When submitting a session like this, please make sure you clearly outline any prerequisites the attendees should have. We're aiming at enough level 400-500 (or higher) sessions, to offer a wide variety in sessions.


All people involved in our event, are required to adhere to our Code of Conduct. There will be options to confide in different persons in case of reporting incidents and violations. Any person breaching the Code of Conduct, will potentially be removed from the event, regardless of their role of engagement. 


Speakers will be asked to travel to Belgium for the event, and any exceptions should be discussed with the organising team.

We're moving forward with an in-person event, keeping a close eye on safety and health recommendations. If need be, we will be prepared to cancel at any given time to safeguard the well being of every person involved.  


  • Tuesday April 27th 2021: Call for Speakers open
  • Sunday June 6th 2021: Call for Speakers close
  • Thursday June 10th 2021: Session selection process
  • Friday June 11th 2021: Session selection feedback
  • Thursday June 24th 2021: Schedule announcement to public (Precons & Regular Sessions)
  • Monday October 11th 2021: Precon Day
  • Tuesday October 12th 2021: Conference Day

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135 submissions
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Ásgeir Gunnarsson
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Marc Lelijveld
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  • Data modeling 101: Understanding the basics of a good data model
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Jean Joseph
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  • NoSQL For The SQL DBAs & Developers
  • Deploying SQL Server Docker Container
  • Identify SQL Server databases performance issues
  • Advanced SQL For Data Scientists
Arthur Graus
  • Error handling like a pro in Power Query
  • Introduction to Power Query Language M
Koen Verbeeck
  • Fast Forward your Career by using the Community
  • Building a modern data pipeline in Azure
  • T-SQL Best Practices and Tuning for the BI Developer
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  • Introduction to Azure Data Factory
Erwin Staal
  • Database-per-tenant architecture using .NET Core and Azure SQL Database
Mira Vasic
  • How to attract, promote and retain more women in TECH?
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Pieter Vanhove
  • Azure SQL: The safest place for relational data in the cloud
  • Secure your cloud data
Pieter Vanhove, Vivian Paiva
  • Azure SQL 3.0 - the new stuff continues!
Augustin Dokoza Bukvic
  • Governance or not...
  • Power BI, good, bad and the ugly
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Vivian Paiva, Pieter Vanhove
  • Azure SQL Database - A true story journey from migration, through synchronization and beyond.
Erland Sommarskog
  • Dynamic Search Conditions
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Michaël Hompus
  • Achievement unlocked: use ML to unlock Xbox achievements
Lorenzo Vercellati
  • Power Bi Dynamic Row-Level and Object-Level Security Patterns
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Daniele Fontani
  • DevOps Trends
Miguel Félix
  • PowerBI, What is it & How to leverage it?
  • Think inside the box
  • DAX common questions and how to tackle them
David Postlethwaite
  • Azure Policies
Uwe Ricken
  • Simplify data management with partitioning
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  • Database Scoped Configuration - Server Settings
Alexander Arvidsson
  • Improving Your Presentation Skills - Practical Examples From the Stage
  • Flying Blind - Lessons Learned From Presenting Online
  • The Untruthful Art - Five Ways of Misrepresenting Data
  • Not my Problem(?) - Azure Networking 101 for Azure SQL Server DBAs
Chris Taylor
  • Database CI/CD with Docker Containers and Azure DevOps
  • "Kubernetify" your Containers
Viorel Ciucu
  • How to setup your testing environment, the DevOps way
Mayank Srivastava
  • Building a Unified Data & Analytics Product on Azure
Dr. Joe Perez
  • The Madness Behind the Method (Teaching, Coaching, or Mentoring?)
  • Facilitating Innovation in a Post-COVID19 World: Cultivating a Climate for Paradigm Shift
  • Driving Decisions with Data: Delight or Disaster?
  • The Beauty and Brains of Effective Data Storytelling: From Concept to Reality
Sebastiano Galazzo
  • Creating a photorealistic talking avatar using generative adversarial networks
Tomaž Kaštrun
  • Model Interpretability and explainability with Azure Machine Learning
  • SQL Server In-database machine learning with R and Python
  • Analyzing SQL Server Database with Extended events, Query Store using R and Python
  • Automate your social life with Azure
  • Applied data analytics with Azure Databricks
  • Enterprise analytics with SQL Server and in Azure
Hugo Kornelis
  • Execution Plans in Depth
  • Now Where Did THAT Estimate Come From?
  • From adaptive to intelligent: query processing in SQL 2019
  • Normalization beyond Third Normal Form
  • T-SQL User-Defined Functions, or: How to kill performance in one, easy step
  • Five stages of grief - internals of a hash spill
  • Execution plans ... where do I start?
Greg Moore
  • System Databases
  • Flying the Plane
  • Introducing Powershell for DBAs
Rui Romano
  • Power BI & Office 365 Best Practices & Tips
  • Power BI Monitoring 101
  • Power BI Tips, Tricks & Hacks
Leonard Lobel
  • Building Event-driven Microservices with the Azure Cosmos DB Change Feed
  • Data Modeling and Partitioning in Azure Cosmos DB
  • JSON Integration in SQL Server
  • Introduction to Azure Cosmos DB
  • Confidential Computing with SQL Server Always Encrypted and Secure Enclaves
Grant Fritchey
  • Using AWS DevOps to Automate Database Deployments
  • SQL Server Tools for Query Tuning
  • Learn to Effectively Use Extended Events
Henk Boelman
  • DevOps and Machine Learning
  • The age of applied AI
  • Build and deploy PyTorch models with Azure Machine Learning
Kasper de Jonge
  • Lessons learned from 5 years of Power BI implementations
Dejan Sarka
  • Data Science in Power BI Desktop
  • EmbRace R
  • Associations between Pairs of Variables
  • Association Rules Step by Step
Yhorby Matias
  • Deep dive into azure devops
Prathy Kamasani
  • My Top 10 Power BI Tips, Tricks and Resources
Jan Van Meirvenne
  • Become a sheep in wolf's clothing: using your introvert nature to excel as a consultant
  • From notebook writer to code developer: how to make your pipelines portable by going modular
  • Smooth sailing through your data using the lake house pattern
  • How to prevent a mess when setting up an Azure Data mesh
Steve Jones
  • Continuous Integration with Local Agents and Azure DevOps
  • Testing Database Code 101
  • Helping Myself and Others Cope During the Pandemic
Kevin Chant, Sander Stad
  • GitHub DevOps Duet - dataminds Connect Edition
  • Azure DevOps Duet - Azure Synapse Analytics edition
  • Github and Azure DevOps Duet
Joey D'Antoni
  • Leveling Up Your Azure Skills—Implementing Data Platform like a Pro
  • Choosing the Right Data Store--An Overview of Azure Data Platform Choices
John Martin
  • Building production cloud infrastructure with Terraform
  • Migrating SQL Server Databases to the Cloud
  • Cloud Infrastructure Automation with Terraform and Azure DevOps
  • Migrating Databases to the Cloud
  • Getting Started with SQL Server 2019 and Polybase
  • An Introduction to Terraform, Infrastructure as Code
Damir Matešić
  • What's new in MS SQL for developers?
  • Advanced data types – JSON
Craig Porteous
  • Build a perfectly governed Data Lake with Azure Purview
  • Supercharge your Reporting Services: An essential toolkit
  • Adventures in CICD with Azure Synapse
Randi Vertongen
  • Always Encrypted with secure enclaves on Azure SQL Database and SQL Server 2019
  • SQL Server 2019 Big Data Clusters demystified
Steph Locke
  • Build your first bot – no code required!
  • Coding from scratch a realtime Azure data and AI pipeline
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  • 7 Quick-win AI projects
  • Brilliant basics: Regression techniques
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  • The latest data science workflow in Azure
  • Build Your AI Strategy
Yitzhak David
  • Query Store for SQL Server 2019 from zero to an hero & lessons learned from the fields
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  • T-SQL Window Functions in SQL Server 2019
  • SQL Server 2019 on containers and Kubernetes(k8s) from zero to an hero !
  • Data virtualization with SQL Server 2019 PolyBase and integration with Power BI
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Terry McCann
  • Machine Learning in Azure Synapse
Sam Vanhoutte
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