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FOSDEM PGDay and Devroom 2014 - Announcement & Call for Papers

FOSDEM PGDay is a one day conference that will be held ahead of FOSDEM in Brussels, Belgium, on Jan 31st, 2014. This will be a one-day focused PostgreSQL event, with a single track of talks. This conference day will be for-charge and cost 50€, and will be held at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in downtown Brussels. Registration is required to attend. Registration is not yet open, but will be soon. Since we have a limited number of seats available for this event, we urge everybody to register as soon as possible once open.

PostgreSQL Europe will also have our regular devroom at FOSDEM on Saturday the 1st, which will be held at the main FOSDEM venue at ULB. This day will, of course, continue to be free of charge and open to all FOSDEM entrants. No registration is required to attend this day.

For full details about the conference, venue and hotel, see http://fosdem2014.pgconf.eu/.


The call for papers is now open for both these events. We are looking for talks to fill both these days with content for both insiders and new users. Please see http://fosdem2014.pgconf.eu/callforpapers/ for details  and submission information.

The deadline for submissions is December 15th, 2013, but we may as usual pre-approve some talks, so get your submissions in soon!


We also have negotiated rate with the Radisson Blu hotel in Brussels. For details, see http://fosdem2013.pgconf.eu/venue/.

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Schedule for PostgreSQL devroom at FOSDEM 2012

The schedule for the PostgreSQL devroom at FOSDEM 2012 is now available:

http://www.fosdem.org/2012/schedule/track/postgresql_devroom

We will have 8 talks on Saturday, February 4th.

See you there ...

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FOSDEM 2012 - PostgreSQL Devroom: Call for Speakers

The PostgreSQL project will have a Devroom at FOSDEM 2012, which takes place on February 4-5 in Brussels, Belgium. The Devroom will mainly cover topics for PostgreSQL users, developers and contributors. For more information about the event itself, please see the website at http://www.fosdem.org/2012/.


We are now accepting proposals for talks. Please note that we only accept talks in English.

Each session will last 45 minutes (including discussion), and may be on any topic related to PostgreSQL. Suggested topic areas include:

  • Developing applications for PostgreSQL
  • Administering large scale PostgreSQL installations
  • Case studies and/or success stories of PostgreSQL deployments
  • PostgreSQL tools and utilities
  • PostgreSQL hacking
  • Community & user groups
  • Tuning the server
  • Migrating from other systems
  • Scaling/replication
  • Benchmarking & hardware
  • PostgreSQL related products


Of course, we're happy to receive proposals for talks on other PostgreSQL related topics as well.


Please use our conference website to submit your proposal:

https://www.postgresql.eu/events/callforpapers/fosdem2012/


The deadline for submissions is December 20th, 2011. The schedule will be published and speakers will be informed by the end of the year.


Please also note my email about hotel reservation:

http://archives.postgresql.org/pgeu-general/2011-11/msg00000.php


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PostgreSQL@FOSDEM 2011

Yeah, FOSDEM is already a week ago, but I found no time to blog about the event. Anyway, here I go:

This years edition of FOSDEM was very successfull, especially for the PostgreSQL project. We got two tables in the main building, which gave us plenty of space to present the project and talk with visitors. In addition, we had our devroom in the main building too. So, thank you to the FOSDEM team for this smart move.

The devroom had many visitors for all talks. We managed to have 6 talks, three very technical and three more user orientated.

I came with a car full of stuff to Brussels, and leaved on Sunday with just two boxes. We gave away all stressballs and all pens, and sold all elephants (again) and mugs. Only one or two bags from PGDay.EU 2010 are left and several shirts. Time to order new merchandising stuff ;-) The Perl table next to us brought a very large camel, obviously an eye-catcher.

This year I also found time to visit other interesting talks, and managed to meet good friends again. As every year, it was a very good event, just a bit cold outside ;-)

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PostgreSQL@FOSDEM 2011 - Devroom schedule

The FOSDEM team finally puzzled the Pentabarf together and published all Track and Devroom schedules.

The PostgreSQL Project has room H.2213 in the main building, on sunday. Please join us for some very famous talks, you can find the schedule here.

We also have a booth on both Saturday and Sunday, as usual in the AW building.

A place for the friday evening meetup will be announced shortly on the mailinglist.

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PostgreSQL@FOSDEM 2011 - Call for talks


FOSDEM is one of the biggest Free and Open Source event held annually in Brussels, Belgium, and attended by around 4000 people. As in recent years, the PostgreSQL project will have a devroom where we will be presenting a number of talks. The event will be held on the 5 - 6th February 2011.

We're looking for developers, users and contributors to submit talks for inclusion on the program. Any topic related to PostgreSQL is acceptable as long as it is non-commercial in nature. Suggested topics might include:

  • Migration of systems to PostgreSQL
  • Developing applications for PostgreSQL
  • Benchmarking and tuning
  • Administering PostgreSQL installations
  • Spatial applications
  • PostgreSQL hacking
  • Data warehousing
  • New features
  • Community & user groups
  • PostgreSQL tools and utilities
  • Tips and tricks
  • Replication
  • Case studies


We will have a number of 45 minutes slots, and may split one or more into 3 back-to-back 15 minute slots if we receive suitable proposals.

Please submit your proposals to:

fosdem@postgresql.eu

and include the following information:

  • Your name
  • The title of your talk (please be descriptive, as titles will be listed with ~250 from other projects)
  • A short abstract of one to two paragraphs
  • A short biography introducing yourself
  • Links to related websites/blogs etc.


The deadline for submissions is 20th December 2010. The proposals will be considered by committee. If your proposal has been accepted, you will be informed by email within one week of the submission deadline.

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PostgreSQL @ FOSDEM 2010

The Open Source people have met again, like every year, in Brussels for the biggest open source event in europe - FOSDEM. The European PostgreSQL User Group was present with a booth and a devroom, plus a lot "community".

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PGDay.EU 2009 in Paris (and the 200 meters issue)

PGDay.EU 2009 in Paris is over. It was a very thrilling conference with many impressions and interesting talks. But in sequence.

We (my wife, my son plus me) had met Andreas Kretschmer and his family on the Düsseldorf airport and headed together to Paris. In the evening Andreas and i reached the Dalibo office (on the way we could gaze in wonder about the impressive theft protection for the cars) just to find out that everyone is already in the restaurant ;-)

On thursday we helped preparing the conference, David already blogged about his experience with nerds and logistics. Oh, and if a french is telling you "in 200 meters" - never ever trust him. Multiply the number by 5 or 6, that's probably the correct distance. It's like "10 italian minutes" last year in Prato ;-) By the way, the shortest path to the restaurant (near the hotel) is not a short walk. No, it's a round trip using the Metro, followed by a longer walk including several "200 meters" units. That's the experience we gained on the way to the restaurant where everyone was meeting this evening.

Friday started with hecticness: every visitor was to register, name tags was to cut out and assemble (yes, David, i will start even more in advance with the name tags next year ;-) ), find the fitting shirt for every visitor, and the rooms was to be prepared too. The conference itself started with an opening session by Magnus and Jean-Paul, followed by Simon's very promising talk, where he showed a short overview over the last 20 years and gave a view forward on his ideas for the next 20 years. I spent the forenoon on booth duty on the PGEU stand, until we got (about noon) the two long-missing parcels with elephants. I sent two boxes with elephants (using DHL) to Paris two weeks ago. On thursday, the online tracking told us: "delivery failed", which gleu solved by calling DHL and the France postal service several times on thursday afternoon. "Just in time" one might think, but actually i prefer two or three days in advance. The 20 elephants found a new home in less than one hour.

The day ended (more exactly: the evening started) with a party, sponsored by EnterpriseDB, in the Les funables restaurant, near the venue, operated by Ivanne et Sidonie. That's the same company which did the catering for the conference and i have to admit i never attended a conference which such a good food. I should not forget to tell about the cute kids shirts, weared by Andreas' daugther and our son (well, actually, someone have a good picture with the kids+shirt on it for me?) For anyone who asked: the shirts are made in a good copy-shop in my hometown (same shop which prints my training documents). And yes, we try to have some of the shirts for FOSDEM.

On saturday we also had the developer room, which hosted interesting technical talks, in addition to the french and english track. The closing session in the amphie theathre started with the group picture, followed by an auction for the two big blue plush elephants. Sean from EnterpriseDB gave both elephants a new home, thanks a lot for this.

The lightning talks were very exhilarative. I remember (among others) Davids talk about Lolcats and how to do a lightning talk, as well as Gaviks talk - who wasn't there. The talk was - in general amusement - given by Gregory (powerpoint karaoke anyone?). Last but not least there was the Thank You to everyone who helped making the PGDay such a great success, followed by the invitation to the netherlands next year (probably in Amsterdam, probably in october).

I would like to take the chance and thank everyone (in unsorted order) who helped and made this conference possible:

The slides will be available on the PostgreSQL wiki. We would like to ask you giving us feedback (what was good, what could be done better). The feedback site is online.

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FOSDEM 2009 is over

FOSDEM 2009 is over and it was a great success!

PostgreSQL shared a developer room together with the *BSD groups and we also had a booth where many visitors passed by and stopped for asking questions or buing some of our merchandising stuff. 

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Schedule for developer room and social event - FOSDEM 2009 in Brussels

FOSDEM 2009 takes place in Brussels, Belgium next weekend. I hope everyone prepared his talk and booked tickets for the plane ;-)

This post informs you about the schedule for our developer room, the location of the booth and the details about our own social event.

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