The PostgreSQL Project is present with a booth at FOSDEM ever since 2007. And ever since 2008 we organize a Devroom, starting 2013 we also have our own PGDay on the Friday before FOSDEM. This year it’s the 10th FOSDEM PGDay, skipping 2021 and 2022 for obvious reasons.
This blog post provides useful information for visitors of the PGDay, the booth and the PostgreSQL Devroom at FOSDEM.
When does the PGDay take place, and can I still attend?
This year’s FOSDEM PGDay takes place at the Brussels Marriott Hotel Grand Place. This is a single day, single track event with PostgreSQL talks. A registration is required, at the time of writing this article there are still a few tickets available.
How do I get to the Marriott?
The hotel is next to the Place de la Bourse - Beursplein, not far from the Brussel-Central train station. You can walk from the train station, it’s about 10 minutes. Taking the Bus 33 will is also about 10 minutes, including some walking. Just walk.
And if I need a hotel room?
We have a special rate at the Marriott, a few rooms are still available. Follow the booking link on the venue website.
How can I get to the main FOSDEM event?
Can I park my car on the ULB campus?
Parking options on and around the campus are very limited, and usually full even before the event starts. Please avoid coming by car to the venue.
Remember: the Brussels region is a Low Emission Zone (LEZ). You need to pre-register your car!
Where can I find the PostgreSQL booth?
The PostgreSQL booth will be in the K building, on level 1. 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. Please come, ask your questions, participate in a quiz and show off your knowledge, or buy some cool swag.
If you arrive by car / taxi at point “11”, walk up the street, pass by building H, go through building F and then the K building is on the right hand side.
Or you arrive by public (tram) 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 on Sunday, and it is room UD2.120 (Chavanne) in the U building. Map of the campus is here. You can walk from the K to the U building. There will be signs on the campus on Sunday, follow the directions.
You can find the official schedule on the FOSDEM PGDay website, both for the PGDay on Friday and the Devroom on Sunday. We aim to keep the FOSDEM Pretalx system up to date, but last minute changes will appear on our official website first. Also keep an eye on our official Mastodon account for any changes.
Is there a mobile friendly schedule available?
The schedule is available offline for mobile devices.
The FOSDEM website has a dedicated page for mobile applications. However these apps only cover the events and talks during the weekend, not the PGDay on Friday.
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 the always packed Devroom. We also need people who can stay at the booth and answer PostgreSQL related questions. If you are interested, please contact us.
Note: we use Telegram for team communication, you will need a Telegram account to join our internal volunteer group.
Please also note that for the PGDay we do not offer a free ticket for volunteers.
Will there be a social event?
Usually there is the Friday Beer Event, organised by FOSDEM - however nothing is announced so far for this year.
This event was always crowded, therefore traditionally the PostgreSQL team finds another place for dinner. Our dinner is not an official event! If you are interested in joining us (on Thursday, Friday, Saturday evening), please drop us an email.
How can I reach someone from the PostgreSQL team?
We use Telegram for team communication. This year, we have an additional channel to offload chatter about dinner organisation and such from the orga channel. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to join the general channel.
Will there be recordings of the talks?
Our Mastodon account will also post all recordings at a later time.
Will the speakers upload their slides?
We encourage our speakers to upload or link their slides. If a speaker did upload slides, they will appear on the talk description page. See the official schedule for more information.
Do you have a Code of Conduct?
We have a Code of Conduct (CoC) for the FOSDEM PGDay on Friday. FOSDEM itself also has a CoC for the entire event at the ULB. Please make yourself familiar with the CoC, everyone wants to be safe, please respect others. In case of an emergency, please call the authorities.
Can I sponsor the PGDay?
This event is run and supported by PostgreSQL Europe, without the support of sponsors. However you can contact PGEU and talk about sponsor opportunities for one of the many other events, or about donations. FOSDEM has a separate page for sponsors.
Can I sponsor FOSDEM?
Yes, of course. Glad you are asking. Events like FOSDEM are not possible without the generous help from sponsors. FOSDEM has a page where you can inquire more information about sponsorship opportunities.
What other PostgreSQL talks are at FOSDEM?
The PGDay on Friday is all about PostgreSQL, obviously. And the PostgreSQL Project has the Devroom on Sunday. But there are even more PostgreSQL related talks!
In no particular oder:
- Figuring out trademark policy on the fly
- Trusted Postgres Architect - Deploying Postgres with Infrastructure as Code (by Boriss Mejías)
- Taming the Beast: Managing High-Growth Postgres Databases at CircleCI (by Brice Nkengsa)
- Using chroots in a single Linux Container as an alternative to docker-compose
- Performance testing and why even the imperfect one is important (by Ondrej Babec)
- Vector Search in Modern Databases (by Peter Zaitsev and Sergey Nikolaev)
- geOrchestra Spatial Data Infrastructure (by Emilien Devos)
I’m a Devroom organizer - how do you manage your Devroom?
Glad you ask! I wrote a blog post about this back in 2018.