Building a better community part one

As one of the founders of United States PostgreSQL, I have always had a vision of where the corporation should go. Our corporation has continued to move forward and we have achieved some great things. Although it has taken longer than I expected and we are still behind from some of my goals, PostgreSQL has become one of the dominant Open Source databases in the market. By sticking to a tried, true and tested model our community has built strongholds in every sector of business from small mom-and-pops to Wall Street to the Military.

PgConf.US Partners with Techie Youth for Annual Charity Auction!

There are many PostgreSQL conference opportunities throughout North America and there are many reasons to attend all of them. There is only one reason you need to attend PgConf.US 2016 and it is not:

  • The amazing selection of content to chose from
  • The largest networking opportunities available from any PostgreSQL conference
  • Rubbing elbows with the who’s who of PostgreSQL
  • The dedication to diversity within the community
  • The best education opportunities within the PostgreSQL ecosystem

PgConf.US and the community pavilion!

PostgreSQL loves community and nowhere is that more obvious than PgConf US. This year PgConf US has instituted a fan favorite, the Community Pavilion. When you combine the most advanced database in the world with some of the best open source technology in the world what do you find?

A powerhouse of interest that brings forth every corner of the technological spectrum to collaborate.

Who are a few of these technological marvels attending the largest and most popular PostgreSQL conference in the United States?

  • Python via BigApplePy
  • Node.js
  • Why PgConf.US, 20 years of PostgreSQL -- That's why!

    A conference specifically engineered to bring together community, developers, users, and the companies that support PostgreSQL, PgConf US is the conference for PostgreSQL in North America. When you attend you will be surrounded by the best and brightest that our community has to offer.

    PgDay: LFNW!

    JD Wrote:

    Once again United States PostgreSQL is present at Linux Fest Northwest. We are celebrating Free and Open Source software with 2000 other advocates in what is the second largest Free & Open Source conference on the West cost. We have a great list of talks this year with new speakers, speakers from both SeaPUG, WhatcomPUG and PDXPUG. Will you be joining us? Here is the list of PostgreSQL talks.

    How we made the PGConf US 2016 Schedule

    Welcome to our annual post on how we put together the schedule for the largest PostgreSQL conference in North America. It is long, thorough, and awesome, so buckle up and enjoy the journey!

    For PGConf US 2016, we allowed people to submit for 6 training sessions as well as 44 regular speaking sessions. We had a total of 139 submissions, which meant we had to decline 2 out of every 3 submissions. We don't say this to brag: it's actually very painful to decline talks, especially when we have worked and hang out with some of the submitters for more than a decade.

    The training submissions were competitive but were not nearly as daunting as picking the talks. Jim & I researched each training session and hammered out the lineup in under an hour. The rest of the talk submissions went to the full talk committee.

    Like last year, we tried to answer the following questions when looking at the talks:

    Whatcom PgDay @ LinuxFestNorthwest April 25th & 26th

    JD says:

    It is that time of year and once again, PostgreSQL will be at LinuxFest Northwest. LinuxFest Northwest is a high attendance (1500+) conference covering Linux and other Open Source technologies. It is a free event (although there are paid options). The PgDay as part of United States PostgreSQL has the following talks!

    * Web-Scale PostgreSQL: The Best of the JSON and Relational Worlds. Speaker: Jonathan Katz
    * Shootout at the PAAS Corral. Speaker: Josh Berkus
    * Vacuum 101. Speaker: Gabrielle Roth

    How We Selected Talks for PGConf US 2015

    In the spirit of open-source, we would like to share how we handled the talk selection process for PGConf US 2015. This post will discuss the entire process of how a talk ends up in one of our United States PostgreSQL Association conferences; our goal is to help you understand what our conference is looking for in talk proposals and help you decide what you submit for PGConf US 2016!

    Accepting code donations from the Ukraine (Crimea) and other sanctioned countries

    President Obama recently signed Executive Order: #13685 [1] , in short this Order states:

    (a) The following are prohibited:
    (i) new investment in the Crimea region of Ukraine by a United States person, wherever located;
    (ii) the importation into the United States, directly or indirectly, of any goods, services, or technology from the Crimea region of Ukraine;
    (iii) the exportation, reexportation, sale, or supply, directly or indirectly, from the United States, or by a United States person, wherever located, of any goods, services, or technology to the Crimea region of Ukraine;
    and

    An evening with PostgreSQL and Sponsoring LFNW

    JD wrote:

    A couple of weeks ago I spoke at Bellingham Linux User Group with a talk entitled: An Evening with PostgreSQL. It was an enlightening talk for me because it was the first time, in a long time, that I have spoke to a non-postgresql community. Most of the people in attendance were Linux Users of course but also a few Mongo as well as MySQL users. I was asked questions such as, "Why would I use PostgreSQL over MySQL?". To be honest, I didn't even realize that was still a question but it opens up a huge advocacy opportunity.

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