SOURCE: Citus Data

September 23, 2015 08:00 ET

Full Schedule for First Annual PGConf Silicon Valley PostgreSQL Conference Announced

Pivotal and Amazon Web Services Join as Major Conference Sponsors

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Sep 23, 2015) - Citus Data, creators of solutions to scale out and extend the analytics capabilities of PostgreSQL, today announced the full schedule of speakers and events for the first annual PGConf Silicon Valley conference. Citus Data also announced the addition of two new major conference sponsors, Pivotal at the Platinum level and Amazon Web Services at the Silver level. The conference will take place November 17-18, 2015 at the South San Francisco Conference Center. Organized by Citus Data in cooperation with the San Francisco PostgreSQL Users Group, PGConf Silicon Valley is a technical conference aimed at the Silicon Valley PostgreSQL community and beyond. Early Bird registration for PGConf Silicon Valley is available through Oct. 4, 2015.

PGConf Silicon Valley, the first Silicon Valley conference focused solely on PostgreSQL, is an opportunity for leading industry experts and the local community to discuss and learn about the major new capabilities of PostgreSQL and how to optimize a PostgreSQL environment. Breakout session tracks include DevOps, New Features, PostGIS, Tales from the Trenches, Hacking Postgres, and Data at Scale.

The full speaker schedule includes:

  • Matthew Kelly, In-House Postgres Expert at TripAdvisor, on "At the Heart of a Giant: Postgres at TripAdvisor"
  • Ryan Lowe, Production Engineer & John Cesario, Platform Engineer at Square, on "Postgres for MySQL DBAs"
  • Magnus Hagander, Database Architect, Systems Administrator & Developer at Redpill Linpro, on "What's New in PostgreSQL 9.5"
  • Paul Ramsey, Solutions Engineer at Cartodb, on "This is PostGIS"
  • Peter Geoghegan, Database Engineer at Heroku, on "UPSERT use cases"
  • Grant McAlister, Senior Principal Engineer at, on "Cloud Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL - What's New and Lessons Learned"
  • Gavin McQuillan, Senior Data Engineer at Urban Airship, on "Data of Future Past: Postgres as Distributed Online Processing Analytics Engine"
  • Samantha Billington, Database Manager at Turnitin, on "...Lag - What's wrong with my slave?"
  • Andreas Scherbaum, Advisory Consultant at EMC Deutschland GmbH, on "Enrich your data with geocoordinates from OpenStreetMap or ArcGIS"
  • Dan Robinson, Lead Engineer at Heap, on "Powering Heap With PostgreSQL and CitusDB"
  • Kenny Gorman, Chief Technologist; Data at Rackspace, on "Cloud PostgreSQL Automation Management with Ansible"
  • AJ Welch, Data Engineer at Chartio, on "Using the PostgresSQL extension ecosystem to perform advanced analytics"
  • Joseph Conway, PostgreSQL Engineering at Crunchy Data, on "Where's Waldo? - text search and pattern matching in PostgreSQL"
  • Sadayuki Furuhashi, Founder & Software Architect at Treasure Data, Inc., "Prestogres: Hacking PostgreSQL Internals to Solve Data Access Problems"
  • Konstantin Gredeskoul, CTO of Wanelo, Inc., on "From obvious to ingenious: how to incrementally scale web applications on PostgreSQL"
  • Scott Milliken, Founder of MixRank, on "Survival Guide to Terabyte PostgreSQL"
  • Jason Petersen, Software Engineer at Citus Data, on "Sharding and Scaling PostgreSQL with pg_shard"
  • Christophe Pettus, Director at PostgreSQL Experts, Inc., on "The PCI-Compliant Database"
  • Baron Schwartz, CEO of VividCortex, on "Analyzing PostgreSQL Network Traffic with vc-pgsql-sniffer"
  • Derek Nelson, CEO of PipelineDB, on "PipelineDB: The Streaming SQL Database"
  • Ãlvaro Hernandez, CTO of 8Kdata, on "ToroDB internals: how to create a NoSQL database on top of SQL"
  • David Pacheco, Software Engineer at Joyent, on "Automating PostgreSQL failover for high availability"
  • Greg Beruk, Engineer at Heroku, on "How Heroku Postgres Works"

Tutorial sessions include:

  • Josh Berkus, CEO of PostgreSQL Experts, Inc., on "The Accidental DBA"
  • Bruce Momjian, Senior Database Architect at EnterpriseDB, on "PostgreSQL Internals Through Pictures"
  • Andres Freund, PostgreSQL Committer and Developer at Citus Data on "Real-Time Analytics with PostgreSQL"
  • Petr Jelinek, Developer and Support Engineer at 2ndQuadrant, on "Logical Replication for PostgreSQL"
  • Denish Patel, Principal Database Engineer at WithMe, on "Out of Box Replication in PostgreSQL 9.4"

PGConf Silicon Valley Sponsors enjoy an opportunity to interact with leading PostgreSQL evangelizers, vendors, entrepreneurs, experienced users, and companies that are just now charting their PostgreSQL journey. With the addition of Pivotal and Amazon Web Services, the current list of sponsors includes:

Platinum: 2ndQuadrant, Pivotal, Citus Data
Silver: Amazon Web Services
Bronze: EnterpriseDB, VividCortex
Exhibitor: PostgreSQL Experts, Consistent State
Media: Database Trends & Applications, Datanami

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Download the PGConf Silicon Valley prospectus for further information.

Register now to attend the conference at Early Bird discount prices, which end on Oct. 4, 2015.

Conference Details
What: PGConf Silicon Valley
When: November 17-18, 2015
Where: South San Francisco Conference Center, 255 S Airport Blvd, South San Francisco, CA 94080
Early Bird Discounts End: Oct. 4, 2015


"The impressive list of speakers and sponsors for our first PGConf Silicon Valley conference is a clear indication of the relevance of -- and the excitement around -- such a conference," said Terry Erisman, VP of Marketing for Citus Data. "With the growing adoption of PostgreSQL among companies large and small in Silicon Valley and the greater San Francisco Bay Area, we expect this to be an extremely dynamic conference that can help attendees transform their companies."

About Citus Data

Citus Data offers solutions that empower real-time big data by scaling out PostgreSQL. The CitusDB database powers both real-time operational and analytic workloads across hundreds of billions of events while cutting query times up to 100x and supports both structured and JSON data. Citus Data also offers pg_shard, an open source extension for sharding and scaling out PostgreSQL across a highly available cluster of commodity servers, and cstore_fdw, an open source extension for creating columnar PostgreSQL tables that result in a 4 to 6x typical reduction in database size. Citus Data is a Y Combinator alumnus and is backed by investors that include Data Collective, Bullpen Capital and SV Angel. All Citus Data products are available for download at

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