As our events have grown and evolved, so
has our branding. We started as a small pgDay event, grown to a larger
pgConf and now we are happy to announce that we matured into a full week long event called PostgresConf.
PostgresConf US 2018 is focused on People, Postgres and Data.
People are the driving force behind the Postgres Ecosystem from the
hackers writing the code, to the advocates telling the world about
Postgres and to the administrators and developers using Postgres day to
day. They will all be represented at PostgresConf.
The Postgres Ecosystem is more than just the exceptional PostgreSQL
database. It encompasses tools, solution, and services that enterprises
demand for their mission-critical applications. PostgresConf brings the
whole ecosystem under a single roof so enterprises can learn about all
of the possible ways Postgres can be used in their environments.
This year, we are back in Jersey City from April 16th to April 20th at
The Westin Jersey City Newport. We also listened to our past attendees
and expanded our training classes to 2 days so on April 16th and 17th,
we are pleased to offer training sessions taught by professional
trainers to bring additional depth to your learning experience. That
will be followed by 3 days of great talks on April 18th - 20th.
Additionally, we will host our 4th annual Regulated Industry Summit as
well as the inaugural Greenplum Summit.
For those planning to attend, don’t forget to book your room early for
the best rates. The Westin Jersey City Newport is the best place to stay
and enjoy all conference activities. Attendees will surely mingle at
the Westin bar and hallways throughout the afternoon and long into the
evening. We have reserved a block of rooms at the special conference
rate of $260/night plus applicable taxes for attendees who make their
reservations via the Westin website. The hotel block will fill up quickly. The special rates will be available until March 26 or until the group block is sold out.
Sponsorship opportunities for the conference are still available. If
your business PostgreSQL based products or services or if you are
looking to recruit a PostgreSQL expert at our job fair, this is the
place to be. Don’t miss your chance to be part of this dynamic and
growing ecosystem. Download the sponsorship prospectus at: https://postgresconf.org/conferences/2018/sponsorships
I work Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and within Fred Hutch, I work for the largest group called SCHARP, Statistical Center for HIV/AIDS Research and Prevention. We use Postgres to monitor the AIDS drug trials real time to see if the trials are working or not. This means we collect the data from doctors and labs around the world, and analyzing the data. We also have servers where we receive data from other research institutes and share our randomized data, de-personalized, with other research institutes.
What community contributions have you provided?
In 2010 I started SeaPUG, Seattle Postgres Users Group, at the request of Josh Drake. I have at least have the presentations there every year. I have also discovered several PostgreSQL: bugs which have been fixed. Some of them affected every version of PostgreSQL. Bug numbers: 7553, 8173, 8257, 8291. I also found 8545, which has not been fixed but Core has acknowledge needs to be fixed but they are not sure where it should be fixed, pg_dump or pg_dumpall. I started the PostgreSQL track at LinuxFest Northwest in 2014 after my GIS presentation in 2013 was standing room only. This year I got a booth at the SeaGL, Seattle GNU Linux, conference with the idea of having a booth there next year along with also doing a PostgreSQL presentation next year at the conference.
You recently took a renewed interest in speaking at Postgres Conferences, why?
I have been giving presentations locally now for the last 7 years and so I am now ready to move on to the next step, doing presentations at the Local and National conferences around the United States.
What is the #1 barrier you see to Postgres adoption?
People not knowing about PostgreSQL, most people know about MYSQL, MSSQL and Oracle, but do not know about PostgreSQL. This is changing, some, with the Cloud providers now offering PostgreSQL, but I go to these conferences, LinuxFest Northwest and SeaGL, and people all the time are asking me, "What is Postgres and why should I use it over MYSQL, MSSQL or Oracle", because they have never heard of PostgreSQL.
What is something you feel the wider Postgres community could be better at?
We need to promote PostgreSQL so that new people starting personal projects and starting at companies, will think about PostgreSQL before other databases. This starts with getting the younger generation interested in PostgreSQL and that also means that we need to get the college professors willing to talk about PostgreSQL in their curriculums instead of ignoring PostgreSQL for all the other competing databases. Some of this means that at all the other conferences, we need to have a PostgreSQL presence, aka booth and presentations. We should also come up with a certification method for PostgreSQL DBA's, User's, Engineer's, etc so that prospective employers will have an idea of the prospective employees skill set.