TechEd 2011 Welcome Video from Atlanta’s Mayor


Microsoft TechEd 2011 will be hosted in Atlanta next year, and Atlanta’s Mayor would like to welcome you in this video.

Aaron Nelson, a SQL architect in Atlanta, posted the following information about the convention center where TechEd will be held:
So how on earth can over 10,000 IT Pros fit into a single convention center in Atlanta and it not be cramped? Pretty easily actually because:
  • The Georgia World Congress Center is accessible to 80 percent of the American population in two hours or less (via car, train or the World’s Busiest Airport).
  • Or maybe that it’s easier to fly direct to Atlanta than any other place on earth.
  • The Congress Center’s Building B exhibit halls are more than twice as long as Atlanta’s highest skyscraper is high (which happens to be the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere outside of New York and Chicago). From one end of these halls to the other, the earth curves 3/4 inch.
  • As many as 125,000 people have attended a single event at the GWCC.
  • For relevance sake: that’s approx. 50x larger than the PASS Summit
  • Or… Larger than every PASS Summit and every SQL Saturday ever held, COMBINED.
  • The lobby of Building C alone is large enough to hold the Titanic.
  • Building C: entrance lobby is over 1,000 feet long, 80 feet wide and over 90 feet high
  • Titanic: 882 feet long, 92 feet 6 inches wide, and 60 feet 6 inches from the waterline to the main deck.
  • Heck there’s over 90 acres or 3.9 million square feet throughout the GWCC
Sounds like it will be quite a spread!  I just wish they gave us Segweys.