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Citus Con: An Event for Postgres 2023

Citus Con: An Event for Postgres is a virtual and free developer event happening on April 18-19 in 2023—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. You’ll be able to watch all Postgres and Citus talks online after the event is over.

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Conference FAQs

When is this happening?

April 18-19, 2023

Where is this event?

100% online

How much does it cost?

Free

Who should attend?

Citus Con: An Event for Postgres will include talks from users, customers, and developers who work with Postgres, Azure Database for PostgreSQL, Citus, Azure Cosmos DB 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
  • Customers of Azure Cosmos DB for PostgreSQL… formerly called Hyperscale (Citus)
  • Database administrators
  • Data engineers
  • Enterprise architects
  • CTOs
  • Application developers
  • Postgres community members
  • Students
  • Open source & Postgres enthusiasts

What kind of topics will there be?

At Citus Con, there will be talks about how people use Postgres, Postgres extensions, Citus open source, Azure Database for PostgreSQL (especially Flexible Server), as well as the new Azure Cosmos DB 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 include 2 unique livestreams—plus a selection of pre-recorded “on-demand” talks that will go live at the start of the event. Talks are 25 minutes long and in English. You’ll be able to chat with other community members on the #cituscon channel on our Discord before, during, and after the event—and you can also join the #CitusCon conversation on Twitter.

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.

Where can I find the talks from Citus Con in 2022?

The schedule for Citus Con 2022 is still online here, tab-separated by live talks and on-demand talks. And you can always find the playlist of all the 2022 talks for Citus Con: An Event for Postgres online on YouTube.


Speaker FAQs

What are the dates & deadlines?

  • Nov 17, 2022Call 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 – Event happens!

How to submit a talk proposal?

Thank you for your interest in speaking at Citus Con: An Event for Postgres 2023! All the details are on our CFP page. When you’re ready, 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
  • Time-zone in which you live including the UTC offset, to help us with scheduling of the pre-recordings for on-demand talks as well as schedule of the sessions in the Americas or EMEA livestreams
  • 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 05, 2023 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 in the Citus Con CFP?

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 (now known as Azure Cosmos DB for PostgreSQL)—as well as talks about using Postgres and/or Citus open source—plus talks that will introduce attendees to some of the latest innovations in PG15 they might not yet know about. Examples:

  • How you run your app on Postgres on Azure
  • Citus open source user stories
  • New innovations in PostgreSQL
  • Scaling out Postgres with Azure Cosmos DB for PostgreSQL—formerly called Hyperscale (Citus)
  • How you use other Postgres extensions like PostGIS, pg_cron, HLL, t-digest, postgres_fdw, & more
  • Postgres community
  • Generally interesting Postgres knowledge
  • Data modeling and SQL best practices
  • 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 apps built with Ruby, Python, Node.js, Java, or .NET—and running on 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 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 2 livestream sessions—in the Americas and in EMEA—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 and on other public websites, including the Microsoft Learn portal. The on-demand talks will be posted online at the very start of the event on April 18, 2023—and the livestream talks will be published online after the event is over, probably a week or so later. All talks will include captions for accessibility.

Who is on the Talk Selection Team for this event?

  • Aaron Wislang, Open source cloud advocate @ Microsoft | Canada | @as_w
  • Alicja Kucharczyk, Product manager for PostgreSQL @ 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

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