Citus Con: An Event for Postgres is a virtual and free developer event happening in 2022—organized by the Postgres team at Microsoft Azure. Come join us to learn from open source users, Azure database customers, and experts in PostgreSQL and Citus about how they use Postgres—and the incredible things you can do with the world’s most advanced open source database.
Where is this event?
How much does it cost?
Who should attend?
Citus Con: An Event for Postgres will include talks from users, customers, and developers who work with Postgres, Citus, Azure Database for PostgreSQL, and other open source extensions to Postgres. We hope beginners and experts alike will attend, including:
- Postgres users
- Citus open source users
- Azure Database for PostgreSQL customers
- Hyperscale (Citus) customers
- Database administrators
- Data engineers
- Enterprise architects
- Application developers
- Postgres community members
- Open source & Postgres enthusiasts
What kind of topics will there be?
At Citus Con, there will be talks about how people use Postgres, Citus open source, Postgres extensions, as well as the Azure Database for PostgreSQL managed service. There will also be some inspiring talks about what’s new in Postgres, in Citus, and in Azure... to shine a light on the latest PostgreSQL and Citus innovations.
What will the format be?
The free and virtual event will span 2 days and will include livestream talks in 3 different geographies—plus a selection of pre-recorded talks you can watch on-demand. Talks will be in English. And each talk will be 25 minutes long. You’ll be able to chat online with other community members during the event—and of course you can join the #CitusCon conversation on Twitter. No registration required.
Is there a code of conduct?
Yes there is. As event organizers, we seek to provide a respectful, friendly, professional experience for everyone involved. Here is the Code of Conduct for our event.
What are the dates & deadlines?
- Dec 07, 2021 – Call for proposals (CFP) opens
- Feb 06, 2022 – CFP closes @ 11:59pm PT
- Feb 15, 2022 – Speakers notified
- Mar 01, 2022 – Schedule and sessions announced
- Week of Mar 21st, 2022 – Pre-record the videos for on-demand talks
- Apr 12-13, 2022 – Event happens!
How to submit a talk proposal?
Thank you for your interest in speaking at Citus Con: An Event for Postgres! You can submit your proposal on Sessionize for the CFP (some call this a CfS). The Sessionize form will ask for:
- Proposed session title & description
- Your bio information (including bio pic and title)
- Permission to publish your recorded talk and bio details online, if your talk is accepted
- Timezone in which you live including the UTC offset, to help us with the scheduling of pre-recordings for on-demand talks as well as the scheduling of livestream sessions in Americas, EMEA, or APAC
- Please also tell us a bit about yourself, your qualifications, and whether you have presented before. Please share links to videos of talks you have given in the past, if you have them. That said, we 100% welcome first-time speakers too, so it’s OK if you don’t have links to past presentations
- CFP deadline: End of day Sunday Feb 06, 2022 at 11:59pm Pacific Time
How long are the talks?
- 25 minutes each
- For speakers who are invited to present live, there should be time for a brief 4-5 minute Q&A at the end of your talk (more if you finish your talk a few minutes early)
What types of topics are you looking for?
This list should give you an idea of what we’re hoping speakers will propose during the CFP. But by no means is this an exhaustive list. We’re looking for talks about using Postgres on Azure, and Citus on Azure—as well as talks about using Postgres and/or Citus open source—plus talks that will introduce attendees to some of the latest innovations they might not yet know about. Examples:
- How you run your app on Postgres on Azure
- Citus open source user stories
- Scaling out Postgres with Hyperscale (Citus)
- How you use other Postgres extensions, like PostGIS, pg_cron, HLL, t-digest, pg_auto_failover, postgres_fdw, & so many more
- New innovations in Postgres
- Postgres community
- Generally interesting Postgres knowledge
- Data modeling and SQL best practices
- Tips for building your application on Azure Database for PostgreSQL
- Techniques for using Postgres at any scale with Citus—from single-node to a distributed cluster
- Migrating to Postgres on Azure
- Monitoring tools for Postgres on Azure
- Postgres performance (including analytics and time series workloads)
- Azure ecosystem integrations with Postgres
- Using Postgres with Python and Django applications
How will talks be recorded?
Our livestream talks will be produced by the video experts in the Microsoft Learn TV team and recorded using Streamyard. We also plan to use Streamyard to record the on-demand talks a few weeks before the event. Streamyard is a delight to use and you can run it in your browser—no need to download or install any special software.
Will there be moderators for the livestream?
Yes, each of the 3 livestream sessions—in the Americas, in EMEA, and in Asia-Pacific—will have 1 or 2 on-camera hosts, plus chat moderators. The livestream hosts will facilitate the live Q&A and handle the transitions between speakers.
Where will talks be posted online?
Both the on-demand and the livestream talks for Citus Con: An Event for Postgres will be published, free for anyone to watch, on YouTube. The on-demand talks will be posted online at the very start of the event on April 12, 2022—and the livestream talks will be published to YouTube after the event is over, probably a week or so later. All talks will include captions.
Who is on the Talk Selection Team for this event?
- Alicja Kucharczyk, PostgreSQL expert and Azure GBB @ Microsoft | Poland | @StiepanTrofimo
- Charles Lee, Enterprise data architect @ Kantar Media | United Kingdom
- Claire Giordano, Head of Citus open source community @ Microsoft | United States | @clairegiordano
- Marco Slot, Technical lead for Citus database engine @ Microsoft | Netherlands | @marcoslot
There are lots of resources out there to help you get your talk proposed accepted, create an interesting talk, and deliver a presentation in a way that delights your audience. Here are some of our favorites.
- Tips on how to get your conference talk selected by Claire Giordano
- A Process for Writing an Abstract by Cate Huston
- Get Your Conference Proposal Accepted by Richard Schneeman
- What Your Conference Proposal Is Missing by Sarah Mei
- The Ultimate Guide to Memorable Tech Talks by Nina Zakharenko
- The Art of Delivering Information by Mike Johnston
- Finding Your Authentic Speaking Style by Raushan Jaiswal
- Public Speaking Resources by Vicky Brasseur
The Postgres and Citus team at Microsoft is proud to be the host of Citus Con: An Event for Postgres.