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This year, I was so excited about doing a workshop about optimizing Python & Django apps with Postgres superpowers for the PyCon 2020 conference.

Working with other developers on performance is something I always find amazing. So props to the Python people at Microsoft who encouraged my team to create a workshop on Postgres for PyCon 2020. Thank you to Nina Zakharenko, Dan Taylor, & Crystal Kelch.

Alas, we had to change our plans and find other ways to share the PostgreSQL workshop content that we had prepared. So I created a video on the topic of database performance for Django developers, to help teach you the PostgreSQL tips and tricks that have served me well in optimizing my Django apps. These tips are what I call “Postgres superpowers.”

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Claire Giordano

Tips on how to get your conference talk SELECTED

Written byBy Claire Giordano | January 16, 2020Jan 16, 2020

As I get ready for the PgDay San Francisco event that is happening next Tue 21 January—a one-day, single-track Postgres community event at the awesome Swedish American Hall in SF—I’m reflecting a bit on how important the speakers are to developer events. Let’s face it, without speakers, there would be no conference.

And because I was on the PgDaySF talk selection committee, I’ve had some good conversations these last few months about CFPs, conference talks, how talk selection committees work, and how you can improve your chances at getting your proposals accepted. So I thought it would be useful to walk through the tips I’ve accumulated on how to get your conference talk accepted—at a Postgres conference, or at any developer conference.

These tips are premised on the notion that a good conference talk requires these 4 things:

  1. interestingness: a topic people will care about—and learn from
  2. knowledgeable speaker who knows their subject & can communicate effectively with an audience—so people can follow, understand, and learn
  3. a hook: a compelling title & abstract that will hook people and entice them to attend
  4. fits holistically into the rest of the lineup: a talk that complements the rest of the talks at the event, that adds something unique, and doesn’t overlap the other talks in a significant way
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Will Leinweber

\watch ing Star Wars in Postgres

Written byBy Will Leinweber | December 14, 2018Dec 14, 2018

I recently had the honor of speaking at the last Keep Ruby Weird. A good part of the talk dealt with Postgres and since Citus Data is not only a database company but also a Postgres company, I figured sharing those parts on the Citus Data blog would be a good idea. If you’d like to see it in talk form, or you’d also like to know how to watch movies rendered as emojis in your terminal, I encourge you to watch the talk.

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Claire Giordano

All the things coming soon to PostgresOpen SV 2018

Written byBy Claire Giordano | July 29, 2018Jul 29, 2018

In this world of all things digital where so many of us are online so much of the time—what with architecting, coding, QA'ing, blogging, and slacking—it’s kind of refreshing to step away from our devices and talk to other humans face-to-face at an event.

Especially when it’s a conference chock full of PostgreSQL open source people, from users to developers to community leaders.

Especially when it’s right in our own backyard here in San Francisco.

Especially when it’s PostgresOpen SV 2018

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Craig Kerstiens

PGConf EU: HyperLogLog, Eclipse, and Distributed Postgres

Written byBy Craig Kerstiens | December 11, 2017Dec 11, 2017

We’re big fans of Postgres and enjoy getting around to the various community conferences to give talks on relevant topics as well as learn from others. A few months ago we had a good number of Citus team members over at the largest Postgres conference in Europe. Additionally, three of our Citus team members gave talks at the conference. We thought for those of you that couldn’t make the conference you might still enjoy getting a glimpse of some of the content. You can browse the full set of talks that were given and slides for them on the PGConf EU website or flip through the presentations from members of the Citus team below.

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