How to Win a Trip to Space With Your SQL Skills

This is a sponsored post written by myself on behalf of Red Gate. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

All right, so you’re tired of spending your days and nights pouring over code and fixing a seemingly endless sea of database issues. How would you like to put your skills to the test for a chance at a trip to space? Yes, you read that correctly.

Red Gate Software, maker of a number of database administration tools, is giving one lucky DBA a trip to space thanks to a partnership with Space Adventures. It almost makes me wish I was a DBA. Almost. DBA in Space sounds like a once in a lifetime opportunity. All you have to do to participate is work in database administration, answer quiz questions posed on weekly videos, and complete an application explaining why you should be selected as the lucky DBA Red Gate sends to space.

The quiz itself is part space knowledge and part SQL hackery. You’ll need to demonstrate actual SQL skill in order to complete some of the questions, which range from identifying countries from orbit to unveiling detailed information using SQL. In other words, you probably can’t fake being a DBA to win, which pretty much disqualifies me.

If you’re one of the top 15 candidates, you’ll be given the opportunity to canvas for votes. The candidate with the most votes wins the grand prize.

The trip itself includes a suborbital space flight put together by Space Adventures. This flight takes you 10 times higher than commercial aircraft and 1/3 of the way to the International Space Station. Once at altitude, you’ll be just past the border between our upper atmosphere and outer space, where you’ll be able to look down and see Earth from afar. This view has only been seen by a small number of people here on Earth, so you’ll have a story to tell like none other at your next coding session, party, or family get-together.

Anyone that takes part in the competition is eligible to receive a significant discount on Reg Gate’s DBA and SQL Developer bundles, each bundle contains an abundance of software and tools that makes database administration and development easier. In addition, finalists will receive rewards, and anyone that takes part in voting received a free eBook.

If you’re an 18-year-old resident of the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, or Germany; you can apply for the trip. Some exceptions do apply.

Red Gate and Space Adventures have put together this trip as a way of honoring the unsung heroes of corporations and organizations across the world. Yes, it is the CEO that gets the majority of the credit when things go right, but it’s a hard-working DBA that keeps the backbone of the company running smoothly. It’s difficult to put into a single paragraph just how much database administrators influence our day-to-day lives. From transportation operations to medical records, we rely on databases to store our valuable information and make it available at a moments notice.

So, what are you waiting for? Go check out this giveaway and see if you have the skills it takes to win a trip to space.