We have just learned the identity of the first database administrator to travel into space.
Joe Miller, database administrator for Research in Motion, was announced as the winner of Red Gate Software’s DBA in Space competition. Miller beat 5,500 other entrants in the contest, winning the final round by gaining the highest number of votes both from the public and from a judging panel that included Blur guitarist Graham Coxon, Simon Galbraith, joint-CEO of Red Gate Software, and Buck Woody, senior technical specialist for Microsoft and author of more than 500 articles and five books on databases.
As the competition winner, Miller had a choice between a ticket to space or a $100,000 cash prize. He chose the cash for now (DBAs always seem to have a thing for cache, right?), which he says he will still invest to buy a ticket in a few years’ time -- when his infant son is old enough to understand what Daddy is up to.
Miller is reportedly speaking with a Space Adventures’ representative to plan his future reservations.
The competition saw DBAs compete in two stages. First, they had to answer 14 online video questions and provide a tiebreaker of what they’d tweet from space. This whittled the field down to 15 finalists who campaigned to win public votes and impress a judging panel. More than 12,000 votes were cast in the public poll.
Maybe next will be an 'Industry Analyst in Space' competition. I'm sure a lot of folks would like to send as many as they can out there.