Frequently Asked Questions

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Check below to see answers to frequently asked questions. If you didn’t find the answer to your question, do not hesitate to send us a message at

Please be patient with us as SQLBits is run by a group of individuals who share the responsibilities around our day jobs. We will reply to your questions as soon as possible. Thank you!

SQLBits 2022 hybrid event

Some people really want to get together, others want or need to stay apart from big gatherings for a while. We still want everyone to be able to access the unique experience that is SQLBits so you can meet us in London or you can be with us over a remote connection – the choice is yours, the content is still going to be the absolute top quality from the best speakers in the world of data.

Yes. The dates of SQLBits 2022 hybrid, are the 8th March to 12th March 2022

Yes, our event platform includes chat lounges, networking and sponsor areas for you enjoy throughout the conference. We had great feedback about the virtual experience in 2020 so we are bringing it back in 2022.


We have announced the full day training day sessions at These schedules are for Tuesday and Wednesday (March 8-9).

We are working through the general sessions (50 and 20 minute sessions, for Thursday, Friday and Saturday) at the moment and will announce these shortly.

The full agenda will not be announced before Super Early Bird pricing closes. We offer Super Early Bird to those who want to attend SQLBits knowing that the agenda will have something for everyone! You’re welcome to wait, but you will not get the best price.

Yes, we’re planning our usual curry and pub quiz on the Thursday night.

Our world-famous party returns on Friday night (How exciting)! We encourage you to dress according to our theme and to bring your family!

We’re monitoring the COVID-19 situation carefully and will do everything we can to keep the event as safe as possible.

Yes. We offer a 5% discount. Please provide us with your user group or meetup name, and the leader’s email address to, and we’ll mail out a discount code to them, which they can distribute. 

The call for session for SQLBits 2022 is now closed. We are busy selecting from over 700 submissions and will have an agenda out soon!

Of course! Please see the Sponsorship page for more details of how you can support the events.

Yes, vegetarian, vegan, gluten free or similar requests can be made when you register. We will work with the venue to try and accommodate your requirements, but regret that this may not always be possible. Special requests must be made during registration, at least 7 days before the event starts.

Of course! We love to have help from people enthusiastic to support the SQL Community. Please complete this form to get on our mailing list and we will get in touch when we are planning the helper coordination for the next SQLBits!

Our current approach is that:

  • Proof of double vaccination, Covid-19 antibodies, or a negative lateral flow test (within the last 48-hours) will be required.
  • Masks will required whilst at the event.
  • Additional spacing between seats in session rooms including use of tables for all sessions not just training days.

ExCeL London have details of the work they are doing and the part visitors need to play to keep everyone safe. Read their safety information and FAQs for latest, full details.

Registration & Payment

All discount codes will be emailed to you or your group admin. If you haven’t received your discount code, please check your junk/spam folders. Or, contact us at and email us your 2020 registration number and email address so we can resend you your code.

We are offering a hybrid option for SQLBits Arcade which means you can attend virtually. If you don’t want to attend online, you can always give your discount code to a colleague/friend.

If you do not have someone to give your code to or paid personally, please send us an email at, and we will come up with a resolution!

You only need to pre-book for Tuesday and Wednesday, which are full day training days where you spend the whole day learning about a single topic in detail. These must be pre-booked at the time of registration.

General sessions on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday can be chosen on the day of.

You can pay online via credit card within the registration platform on our website! We accept Visa, Mastercard, and Amex. No others. (See you in March!)

We do not accept payment in-person at the door or via cheque, sorry.

You are more than welcome to book through a training provider, but note that doing so does not change any costs.

No. To do this you would need two bookings, each with a different email address.

Sorry, sessions come at a first come, first served basis. So book early!

Spaces may become available (so check daily) or you can join virtually.

Yes, you can pick and choose one or more days during registration.

We only accept credit cards. We do not accept purchase orders and invoices, due to the additional overhead required to process these payments. If you have problems paying then please contact us!

Yes, we are a VAT registered company providing services within the UK so we have to charge VAT at UK rates.

All fees are subject to UK VAT at 20%, even if you are registered for VAT within the EU, but outside of the UK. Attending a SQLBits conference is classed as a supply of services, and the supply takes place within the UK, therefore UK VAT is chargeable.

Travel & Accommodation

You’ll be able to book your hotel during the SQLBits registration process and pay all at once. Or, you’re welcome to book your own hotel rooms, using your favourite hotel booking site. We recommend choosing any hotel near the ExCeL centre in London.

The rules around travelling into England are changing frequently so please keep reviewing the information provided by UK Government. If you are travelling into an airport outside England you will need to locate the regulations for that particular location (England/Northern Ireland/Scotland/Wales details).

Buy your entry tokens in advance

Join us in-person or virtually. The choice is yours! We have two days of full-day training sessions and three days of general sessions. And as always, Saturday is free to attend.

Do you want to be the master of the universe?

SQLBits is back in London on the March 8-12, 2022 at ExCeL. We’re introducing a new five-day format for a marathon of top-quality training from global data specialists. If you want to learn about the new paradigms in data platforms, SQLBits is the place to be.

This year’s theme will be…


Retro arcade! While you’re levelling up your skills as a data professional, you’ll also be able to chase the high score on your favourite old-school games.