The SharePoint Saturday concept took shape in 2008, with the first SharePoint Saturday event held in early 2009.
It grew from speakers who were speaking at Code Camps and SQL Saturdays on SharePoint topics who felt there was enough need in the SharePoint community to warrant their own dedicated events. Furthermore, they felt there were other areas within the SharePoint community that had no avenue for training at the time, such as for End Users, Power Users, Project Managers, Business Analysts, etc. So they adopted some of the core tenants from the Code Camp manifesto (free, open to the public, in local areas, etc.) and adopted it to serve the greater SharePoint community.
SharePoint Saturday Events (SPS Events) is a FREE one-day event held in different cities around the world, featuring sessions from influential and respected SharePoint professionals.
SPS Events is an all-volunteer organization that provides the tools and knowledge needed for groups and event leaders to organize and host SharePoint Saturday Events.
At the local event level, SPS Events:
- Provide local SharePoint professionals and users with excellent training and networking opportunities
- Encourage increased membership for the local user group
- Help develop, grow, and encourage new speakers