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The DB2Night Show #132: All About IDUG & DB2's GOT TALENT Winners!

April 11, 2014, 5:31 pm
Posted by Scott in Cross Platform
Michael Krafick Ken Schaffer
Prasad Pande Saurabh Agrawal
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All About IDUG
Phoenix, AZ - May 12-16, 2014

DB2's GOT TALENT Winners Announced!

100% of our audience learned something! IDUG volunteers Bob Vargo and Terry Johnson shared with us important news, updates, and tips for the upcoming IDUG Conference. There's a new process this year to sign up for the Thursday Dine-Arounds with your favorite speakers! Listen to our replay to find out how to get the most value from your IDUG Experience! Also, prepare yourself for emotional tears of joy as our DB2's GOT TALENT 2014 winners are announced! Enjoy...

Show Host Scott Hayes Commentary

Every vote counts! As you'll see in our replay, the difference between 3rd place and 4th place - winning an iPad or not - was just TWO votes! There were 1,814 votes cast! When you have the opportunity to vote, please do so!

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Thank you, thank you, and THANK YOU!

I and the DB2 community all have a lot of people and organizations to thank. DB2's GOT TALENT 2014 involved a tremendous time commitment from many people. Allow me to please thank our contestants, our judges, and our sponsors!

Contestants & Finalists

Thank goodness for talented people in our DB2 community that were brave enough, and generous enough, to share their DB2 knowledge with the DB2 community. Via DB2's GOT TALENT, year after year, we have nurtured rising stars in our DB2 community and, in turn, they have enriched our lives, grown our skills, made us laugh, entertained us, and helped to build a stronger DB2 community. Without contestants, we couldn't have a contest! Each year it seems to get more difficult to find contestants - hopefully this trend can be reversed in 2015! Our top 10 Finalists have all won a $50 gift card thanks to our sponsor Triton Consulting.

Our Judges

Martin Hubel, Klaas Brant, and Susan Visser each devoted over eight hours of their valuable time to act as our judges, not to mention this is their 4th year volunteering their time! Ember Crooks and Cristian Molaro also filled in as substitute judges, and @ember_crooks wrote amazing and helpful blogs about every DB2's GOT TALENT show! Our judges were always kind, loving, and helpful, and, thanks to their advice, you could see presentation skills improve with every contestant presentation. Connect with these industry leaders via LinkedIn and continue to grow our DB2 community and your skills!

Our kind,
Judges -->>
Martin Hubel and his dog Charlie Klaas Brant and his cats Susan Visser and her dog Zoe Ember Crooks,
  Martin Hubel,
Klaas Brant,
Susan Visser,
Ember Crooks,

Our Sponsors

Without prizes, what fun is a contest?!?!?!

  • 1st Place: IDUG provided a free badge to any 2014 conference, and DBI Software offered up to $1,500 Travel & Living money to help get you there!
  • 2nd Place: KBCE provided a free attendance to any DB2 Symposium Training Event, and HLS Technologies offered up to $1,000 Travel & Living money to help get you there!
  • 3rd Place: Responsive Systems sponsored our 3rd place iPad prize!
  • Top 10 Finalists: Triton Consulting sponsored our Top 10 Finalist $50 prizes!
Please visit our sponsor websites to learn about what they offer to help you! PLEASE!

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DBI Software and The DB2Night Show are proud to announce a special discount code that you can use to get 10% off your IDUG NA Phoenix registration: DB2GotTalent14. This code saves you $200 and matches the price for organizations sending three or more people! Any questions? icon_biggrin


Belinda Young at CFG Life voted for our finalists after our 28th March 2014 show! IDUG Volunteer Bob Vargo randomly picked voter #1776 and you've won a $25 gift certificate! We'll get this sent out within the next few weeks! THANK YOU FOR VOTING!!!

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