Seriously, you should. You should submit a talk proposal to PGConf US 2015 – the worst thing that will happen is the talk committee will say “no” and offer a bunch of reasons to help you get your talk approved next year! Believe it or not, speaking at a PostgreSQL conference is a great way to help the community at large, and I hope this personal story I am going to share will shed some light as to why.
In an effort to utilize infrastructure that is far more capable than what we can as volunteers provide, PgUS has moved to Google Apps. As a 501c3 we are offered a host of benefits that will help us grow the organization as well as increase collaboration and communication among the board and corporation members. We expect to be performing technical and advocacy hangouts often, as well as configuring a PgUS YouTube channel to put forth video resources for those wanting to know and learn more about PostgreSQL.
Look for more news in the future. It is exciting times!
As United States PostgreSQL continues its support for PostgreSQL User Groups it is my pleasure to announce that the Dallas/Forth Worth PostgreSQL User Group has decided to become part of the PgUS family. The resolution passed with 100% consent and it is great to see them on board. You may visit the resolution here:
It has been a little quiet on the U.S. front of late. Alas, summer of 2014 has come and gone and it is time to strap on the gators and get a little muddy. Although we have been relatively quiet we have been doing some work. In 2013 the board appointed two new board members, Jonathan S. Katz and Jim Mlodgeski. We also affiliated with multiple PostgreSQL User Groups:
When the New York City PostgreSQL User Group (NYCPUG) launched the campaign to create PGDay NYC (now PGConf NYC) back in 2012, our goal was to create a multi-day community PostgreSQL conference in New York City. However, we knew that we had to start small with a one-day two track conference, and even with that, we had many obstacles to overcome: timing, logistics, and of course, securing funding to pay for the event.
When we restarted the New York City PostgreSQL User Group (NYCPUG) in April 2010, about 15 of us gathered in a conference room that we had rented near Penn Station and talked about what we wanted to get out of the user group. At the time, we had about 40 people on the mailing list and absolutely no momentum behind our user group.
Fast-forward to January 2014, NYCPUG is now the largest PostgreSQL User Group in the United States with almost 850 people (and growing) on the mailing list and a monthly attendance that averages around 50.
Michael Brewer wrote:
Greetings, all! Several things to report to the community:
- I am pleased to announce that Mark Wong was appointed to the board earlier this summer and has accepted the role of Treasurer of the United States PostgreSQL Association (PgUS). Congratulations, Mark!
Yes folks, PgUS is actually still functioning. Over the past few months, we have sponsored the PostgreSQL efforts at MySQLCon, NYCPUG and are also sponsoring the upcoming PgDay at OSCON in July. Further we are working to setup a PgDay in Denver and have started discussions for Austin.
10/20/2010, Jim Mlodgenski spoke about GridSQL to the NYCPug. There were 14 community members present. Mason Sharp says, "The user group is getting nice momentum, with about that same amount of people the last 3 or so meetings, with different people going, not all of the same ones. I like the fact that many of these people are really enthusiastic that there is such a group now in NYC." It is great that NYC is taking off and PgUS is happy to sponsor another PostgreSQL User Group.
The PgUS Board is currently tapped on time resources and is looking for someone to help us migrate our Drupal 5 instance to Drupal 6 on our new virtual machine. We are of course running Linux on both although we will be migrating from CentOS to Debian or Ubuntu. The site is not large but does make use of views and UberCart. We are willing to pay someone to perform this service for us. If you are interested please email jd - @ - postgresql.us with interest, questions and estimate.