As we say welcome to a new year, we have a couple of updates to the finances and payment handling in PostgreSQL Europe, that will affect our members and attendees of our events.
First of all, PostgreSQL Europe has unfortunately been forced to VAT register. This means that most of our invoices (details below) will now include VAT.
Second, we have enabled a new payment provider for those of you that can't or prefer not to use credit cards but that still allows for fast payments.
It is now about a week since PGConf.EU 2016, and things are slowly returning to normal :) You'll have to wait a while longer for the traditional summary of the feedback post that I make every year, but there's another piece of statistics I'd like to share.
As always, Dave put the attendees per country statistics into the closing session slides, and we shared some of the top countries. Unsurprisingly, countries like Estonia (the host country), Germany (one of Europes larges country), Sweden and Russia (countries near by) were at the top.
For those looking into more details, here is the actual statistics for all countries and not just the top ones (click for bigger version)
Nordic PGDay is a yearly one-day conference in the Nordic region, and this year it will be held in Helsinki, Finland, on March 17th. We have just opened up for registration! The event sold out in the past two years, so get your tickets early!
The call for papers is still open, which means that we do not yet have a schedule. We hope to post this as soon as possible after the CfP closes, but you can as usual count on a full day of interesting talks about PostgreSQL!
And for those of you who are interested in speaking, yes, the CfP is open until the end of this week. Get your submissions in!
It's that time of the year again - we've wrapped PGConf.EU 2014, and I've just closed the feedback system, so it's time to take a look at what's been said.
We're keeping fairly consistent numbers with previous years, which is something we are definitely happy with. We did have a slight drop in "overall view", since this year we had 8% ranking us as 3, a worse score than we saw last year, and we had a couple of fewer people voting 5. And a slight shift from 5 to 4 on the programme. The numbers are still good of course, but since we had a tiny drop last year as well, we need to step our game back up for next year!
This year we had a slightly bigger spread of how users identify themselves, seeing most categories chip away a little on DBAs and Developers, but they are still definitely the dominating categories. We also have a lot of returning developers - it's cool to see so many people who have been to every one of our events so far, combined with a full 25% being first-time attendees!
Nordic PGDay 2014 was just over a week ago in Stockholm, Sweden, and was definitely a success. A lot more people than we initially expected had the event sell out completely a couple of weeks before it happened. A week later we've now collected the feedback forms that people filled out (a big thanks to the 25-30 people who did fill them out - a 30% "hit rate" on feedback forms gives us a pretty good input).
I'll lead with a few graphs that fairly well represents the feedback:
In particular, that every person who filled out our feedback would recommend the event to friends or colleagues is definitely a flattering grade!
It's been discussed for several years, so I'm very happy to finally be able to announce that next year, there will be a Nordic PGDay, in Stockholm, Sweden, on March 20th. It will follow a pattern that is common to those of you that have already visited other PostgreSQL event - a combination of great talks from PostgreSQL insiders, and a hallway track to meet and talk with other PostgreSQL people. As this is our first instance in the Nordics, it will be a single-track single-day event, but we hope to grow it in the future.
Our main target audience is in the Nordics, and we hope to see a lot of visitors not just from Sweden but also from our neighboring countries. Since this means the official language of the conference will be English, we will of course also welcome both visitors and speakers from the rest of Europe and the world as well!
We have not yet opened our call for papers, but plan to do so shortly. We have also not opened registration yet, as we do not know exactly what the entrance cost will be yet. This will be depending on how many sponsors we can sign up for the event - which we have also not opened up for yet (a pattern is emerging here). But the date and venue is set, so mark your calendars and start moving other events around so you can be sure to make it...
If your company is interested in sponsoring the event, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll be sure to send you our sponsorship information as soon as it's available!
See you in Stockholm in March next year!
It seems I blog a lot more about conferences than about technology these days, and that sometimes makes me a bit sad. Not because I blog too much about the conferences, but that I don't blog enough about tech stuff.. But regardless of that, it's time to post our feedback from this years conference.
As we've collected the same statistics as previous years, it's easy to compare with previous years. And it turns out that a fair amount of the statistics are very similar.
It appears we are doing a decent job of keeping up satisfaction, with almost exactly the same score as last year for overall impression and program.
There is a small drop in the top score, but it's well within the margin of error of the sample. But of course, it just means that we have to keep working hard to keep the score high for next year as well, which we're very happy to see!
Right now we're hard at work settling the last details for PostgreSQL Conference Europe 2013 in Dublin, Ireland. But for those of you who wish to attend, you have an even closer deadline to consider - to qualify for the discounted Early Bird rate, you must complete your registration before September 16th, only a few days away! This is your best chance to learn about a large umber of PostgresSQL topics, from case studies to deep technical sessions about backend engineering. So take you chance and go register now!
In other conference related news, next week is Postgres Open in Chicago. I'll be there along with many other PostgreSQL contributors, to deliver a set of presentations almost as good as the one in Dublin. There are still some tickets left - why not go to both conferences!
During the closing session of PGCon this year, the core team announced the addition of four new committers to PostgreSQL:
These have all been involved in both writing new code for PostgreSQL and reviewing other peoples patches during the latest couple of development cycles. With this addition, we will increase the capacity to handle the rising number of contributions we get, and get even more features into the upcoming versions of PostgreSQL.
Welcome to the team!
Finally we're ready with phase 1 of the planning of PostgreSQL Conference Europe 2013.
PGConf.EU 2013 will be held on Oct 29-Nov 1, in at the Conrad Hotel in downtown Dublin, Ireland.
The format will be the same as previous years - one day of training before the main event consisting of three days fully packed with sessions about PostgreSQL.
We are hard at work to get our sponsorship campaign ready and intend to launch it within April. Also we are working on the call for papers and opening the registrations. So, please stay tuned and think about possible talk submissions!
We look forward to seeing you this autumn on the Emerald Isle.