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Data Toboggan - Cool Runnings event

Dr Victoria Holt

On Saturday 9th July 2022 the Data Toboggan - Cool Runnings event took place. This event was the 4th large conference since its inception in December 2020. Cool Runnings is the summer edition conference for Data Toboggan. The name was influenced by the film Cool Runnings about the Jamaican bobsleigh team. The phrase ‘Cool Runnings’ is defined in the film to mean ‘peace be the journey’.

There were so many amazing speakers from 16 countries worldwide with the Piste Maps becoming a speciality depicting the agenda. For the first time, Data Toboggan ran two parallel tracks to enable more content to be delivered. There was a wide variety of Azure Synapse Analytics sessions to watch in these categories:

  • General Synapse and Data
  • Dedicated SQL Pools
  • Serverless SQL Pools and Lake databases
  • Spark
  • Data Explorer pools
  • Integration
  • Security
  • Power BI
  • Machine Learning and AI
  • DevOps.


The keynote and endnote was delivered by Kim Manis, Partner Director of Product Management, Azure Synapse Analytics & Power BI at Microsoft. I felt there was an amazing change in the middle of the day - from in-depth technical sessions - to a Knee-Deep in Tech Special Synapse Podcast.


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