CFP / Call for Proposals

Citus Con: An Event for Postgres 2023

CFP = Call for Proposals = Call for Speakers

The CFP is open! Are you ready to share your story at Citus Con?

Every great event starts with great speakers. Whether you’re new to public speaking or as experienced as it gets, we’d love to hear your Postgres and/or Citus stories.

Citus Con: An Event for Postgres is free, virtual, and global developer event. You might even call it a distributed event. No travel is involved. And yes, there is a code of conduct. To make things easy for you, we’ll take care of the video recording and production, both for the livestream and on-demand talks. Talks are 25 minutes long and in English.

Some important dates & deadlines

  • Nov 17, 2022 – Call for proposals (CFP) opens
  • Feb 05, 2023 – CFP closes @ 11:59pm PT
  • Feb 15, 2023 – Speakers notified
  • Feb 28, 2023 – Speaker readiness training
  • Mar 01, 2023 – Schedule & sessions announced
  • Mar 13-17 & 20, 2023 – Pre-record videos for on-demand talks
  • Apr 18-19, 2023 – Citus Con happens!

Topics we’d like to see in this CFP

Here’s a list of topics we’re hoping to see at Citus Con: An Event for Postgres 2023

  • How you run your app on Postgres on Azure
  • Citus open source user stories
  • New innovations in PostgreSQL 15
  • Scaling Postgres with Azure Cosmos DB for PostgreSQL—formerly Hyperscale (Citus)
  • Postgres community
  • Generally interesting Postgres knowledge
  • Data modeling and SQL best practices
  • How you use other Postgres extensions like PostGIS, pg_cron, HLL, t-digest, postgres_fdw, & many more
  • Tips for building your application on Azure Database for PostgreSQL—especially Flexible Server
  • 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
  • Running SaaS applications built with Ruby, Python, Node.js, Java, or .NET—and running on Postgres

How to submit talk proposals for Citus Con

We’d love to hear your story and we thank you for considering our CFP! For our call for speakers, you can submit a proposal on Sessionize. The submission will ask for things like:

  • Session title & description
  • Bio details
  • Permission to share your bio info & video of your talk online
  • Timezone in which you reside, including UTC offset (for scheduling)
  • Bit of background on you, your qualifications, your speaking experience, links to other talks/videos, if they exist

Do you still have questions? You’ll find lots more info in the Citus Con FAQ or you can ping us on the #cituscon channel on our Discord (or by tagging @CitusCon on Twitter). Be sure to check out the Code of Conduct for the event, too.

February will be here before we know it. As a reminder, the CFP will close on Sunday Feb 05, 2023 at 11:59pm PT.

Speaker resources

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.

Talk selection team

Many thanks to our talk selection team members who will be reviewing your Citus Con talk proposals. Each of Aaron, Alicja, Charles, Claire, and Marco bring different types of experience and expertise to the table, derived from their Postgres and Citus work in the open source & cloud database ecosystems. What they have in common: they all love Postgres.

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Aaron Wislang
Open source cloud developer advocate for Cloud-native apps at Microsoft
Canada
@as_w

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Alicja Kucharczyk
Product manager for Azure Database for PostgreSQL at Microsoft
Poland
@StiepanTrofimo

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Charles Lee
Enterprise data architect & Azure Database for PostgreSQL customer at Kantar Media
United Kingdom

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Claire Giordano
Head of Citus open source & Postgres community initiatives at Microsoft
United States
@clairegiordano

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Marco Slot
Technical lead for Citus open source in the Postgres team at Microsoft
Netherlands
@marcoslot

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The Postgres and Citus team at Microsoft is proud to be the host of Citus Con: An Event for Postgres.