PostgreSQL @ FOSDEM 2017

Posted by ads on Saturday, 2017-01-28
Posted in [Events][Pgug-Europe][Postgresql][Postgresql-News]

Like the past 10 or so years, the PostgreSQL Project is present at FOSDEM 2017. We also organize a separate PostgreSQL Day on Friday.

This blog post presents vital information about both the PGDay and the booth and devroom at FOSDEM.

When does the PGDay take place, and can I still attend?

The FOSDEM PGDay takes place in the Brussels Marriott Hotel Grand Place. This is a single day, single track event with talks about PostgreSQL. It is not for free, but requires an entry fee. Some tickets are still available, but it’s almost sold out.

How can I get to the Marriott hotel?

The hotel is near the central train station, about 10 minutes walking. OpenStreetMap link here.

And if I need a hotel room?

We have a special rate at the Marriott, a few rooms are still available. Follow the link on the venue website.

How can I get to the main FOSDEM event?

FOSDEM takes place at the ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles) campus. OpenStreetMap link here. Your best option is to use public transport, or a taxi.

Can I park my car on the ULB campus?

Parking options on the campus are very limited, and usually full even before the event starts. Keep in mind that on Saturday the university has regular lectures going on.

Where can I find the PostgreSQL booth?

The PostgreSQL booth will be in the K building. A map of the campus is available here. There will be someone from the PostgreSQL team at the booth at all times, both Saturday and Sunday.

Basically you arrive by car / taxi at point “11”, walk up the street, pass building H, pass through building F and then the K building is on the right side. Or you arrive by public transport at point 1, then the K building is on the right, before you reach the F building.

When and where is the PostgreSQL devroom?

The PostgreSQL devroom is only Sunday, and it is room H.1309 (Van Rijn) in the H building. Map of the campus is here. The official schedule is on the FOSDEM PGDay website, both for the PGDay on Friday and the Devroom on Sunday. We aim to keep the FOSDEM Pentabarf system up to date, but last minute changes will appear on our official website first. Also keep an eye on our official Twitter account for any changes.

Is there a mobile friendly schedule available?

The schedule is available offline for mobile devices. Link here.

Do you still need help at the booth or the devroom?

Sure, we can always use a helping hand. If you volunteer for the devroom, you basically have a guaranted seat in an always packed devroom. We also need people who can stay at the booth and answer PostgreSQL related questions. If you are interested, please follow the instructions in this CfV.

Will there be a social event?

There is always the great Friday Beer Event, organised by FOSDEM. This event is crowded, therefore traditionally the PostgreSQL team finds another place for dinner. This is not an official event! If you are interested to join us (Thursday, Friday, Saturday evening), please contact

How can I reach someone?

We use Hangouts for team communication. This year, we created an additional channel to offload chatter about dinner organisation and such from the official channel. Please contact if you want to join the general channel. We just avoid posting the invitation links here.

Will there be recordings of the talks?

The PGDay on Friday is not recoded. The FOSDEM team goes to great lengths to provide recordings of all tracks, follow the FOSDEM website for news.

Will the speakers upload their slides?

We encourage our speakers to upload or link their slides to the PostgreSQL Wiki, and prepared a page for FOSDEM 2017.

What else should I know about the PostgreSQL talks?

We conducted interviews with our speakers, you can find them here.