A developer friend of mine prefers to read about what to expect at upcoming events in the narrative form of a blog, rather than having to click in and out of different abstracts on a schedule page.
So this ultimate guide post is my gift to those of you who want to know more about the 37 talks that will be presented at this year’s 2nd annual Citus Con: An Event for Postgres 2023—and who want to read about it in blog post form.
[Update in May 2023]: It’s a wrap! The categories in this ultimate guide will help you find the talks which are most useful to you and your work/interests. Or you can jump straight to the playlist of all 37 Citus Con 2023 talks on YouTube.
Virtual hallway track in the #cituscon channel on Discord, we hope you will pop in to ask questions and join in the conversation, there will be lots of Postgres and Citus experts in the channel
Opportunities for SWAG Yes there will be chances to snag some swag and stickers this year too (cool swag) for those who join for the livestreams
Please be sure to mark your calendar so you can join us for the Americas Livestream or the EMEA Livestream—or both! I’m jazzed to be co-hosting the Americas Livestream with Robert Treat, and the EMEA Livestream with Jelte Fennema. Finally, it’s always a good time to check out some of last year’s marvelous talks from the inaugural Citus Con.
Now let’s walk through the different categories of talks you’ll see at Citus Con: An Event for Postgres 2023!
2 amazing Keynotes, one for each livestream
Each of the 2 livestreams has its own keynote. And we are honored that Simon Willison and Marco Slot will be keynoting Citus Con 2023, to talk about:
Big Opportunities in Small Data, by Simon Willison, creator of Datasette and co-creator of Django. I’ve been a fan of Simon Willison’s work for years and specifically how he does so much work in public, so the rest of us can learn from him. Simon will keynote the Americas livestream at 9:00am PDT on Tue April 18th. (Americas livestream, keynote, civic data, Datasette, SQLite, Postgres futures)
The Distributed PostgreSQL problem & how Citus solves it, by Marco Slot who is the lead architect for the Citus database engine at Microsoft. I’ve known Marco since 2017 and he’s a brilliant speaker, I’m really looking forward to his perspective on distributed PostgreSQL Marco will keynote the EMEA livestream. (EMEA livestream, keynote, distributed PostgreSQL, Citus)
Citus talks, 12 total
It comes as no surprise that there are more than a few talks about Citus at this event. To put a number to it, either 12 (or 13) of the 37 talks—approximately ~32%—are about the Citus extension to Postgres. :)
Multi-tenant SaaS apps made simple on Azure Cosmos DB for PostgreSQL by Alicja Kucharczyk who is a PM on the Azure Database for PostgreSQL team at Microsoft—co-presented with Adam Wołk who is a PM on the Citus open source team at Microsoft. (on-demand talk, Azure, Azure Cosmos DB for PostgreSQL, Citus team, distributed PostgreSQL, multi-tenant SaaS)
2 Ecosystem talks
I suppose every Postgres talk is an ecosystem talk, since no application runs on Postgres alone: there are always other technologies in the mix. Still, I felt these 2 talks—about using Django and PostGIS, and about Marten—warranted their own ecosystem section.
These 16 Postgres technology talks comprise ~43% of the talks in Citus Con 2023. By “technology talks” I mean that these talks are not about a cloud database or a managed service, rather they’re mostly about Postgres open source. And the speakers cover a broad range of interesting topics. Lots to learn from here!
How to copy a Postgres database?, by Dimitri Fontaine a PostgreSQL contributor on the Postgres team at Microsoft—and author of the Art of PostgreSQL book. (on-demand talk, pgcopydb, open source, PostgreSQL)
If you use Azure Database for PostgreSQL—specifically the Flexible Server option—you will likely appreciate these talks about authentication, Bicep, Oracle to Postgres, and cost—as well as the customer talk from Bob Wuisman and Eleni Siampali about managing bloat.
Bonus! There are 2 pre-events called “Path To Citus Con”
In the drumroll leading up to this year’s Citus Con, we’re also hosting 2 pre-events that are live shows on Discord. I find this type of interactive event to be quite fun—and I can learn from it too. I will definitely be there as a co-host, along with Pino de Candia. (If you haven’t met Pino yet, you’re in for a treat.)
What’s a “live show on Discord”?
You can think of it as a podcast combined with a live text chat. So there’s a voice conversation between the hosts & guests—plus the text chat conversation that includes everyone. It’s quite fun and I’m a big fan of Oxide and Friends, another live show on Discord created by some ex-Sun friends.
Add Episode 1 of Path To Citus Con to your calendar, with guests Simon Willison and Marco Slot, who are both keynote speakers at #CitusCon too. Topic = working in public on open source. When = Wed April 5 @ 10:00am PDT. Where = on the #cituscon channel on our Discord (same place where the virtual hallway track will be during Citus Con.)
Add Episode 2 of Path To Citus Con to your calendar, with guests Abdullah Ustuner, Burak Yucesoy, Melanie Plageman, and Samay Sharma. When = Wed April 12 @ 10:00am PDT. Where = #cituscon channel on Discord.
Come be part of the very first #PathToCitusCon and help make the conversation even more interesting.
Mark your calendars for Citus Con: An Event for Postgres 2023
If you are into PostgreSQL and are also into continuous learning, join us on April 18-19. No plane tickets required. 😊
Sometimes the hardest part for me in attending a virtual event is blocking my calendar so I don’t get doublebooked.
To help you avoid that impediment, here are links to block your calendar for one or both of the Citus Con livestreams—as well as a link to where the 25 on-demand talks can be found as soon as they are published at the start of Citus Con. The 4th link is to where you’ll find the Q&A and the hallway track on Discord.
If you do the Twitter thing, you can also follow @CitusCon on Twitter to stay in touch! And if this 2023 edition of the ultimate guide is useful (or not), please let me know.
Finally, big thanks to everyone involved in organizing Citus Con: An Event for Postgres 2023, especially my co-chair Teresa Giacomini—and the behind-the-scenes producers of the 2 “Path To Citus Con” pre-events, Aaron Wislang and Carol Smith.
P.S. Virtual vs. In-person? 🤔
As co-chair of this event, I have been asked “why virtual?” and “why not in-person?” quite a lot. So much so that I sat down a few weeks ago and recorded this “virtual vs. in-person” video monologue.
Is the monologue funny? You tell me. :) But seriously, it’s certainly possible that we’ll transform Citus Con into an in-person event someday. Is that a good idea? Tell us. In the meantime, there are boatloads of benefits to being virtual, including that you can participate from wherever you are in the world.
Principal on the Postgres team at Microsoft. Head of open source community efforts for the Citus database extension. Alum of Citus Data, Amazon, Sun Microsystems, and Brown University CS. Conference speaker at PGConf EU, FOSDEM, Nordic PGDay, & Swiss PGDay. Co-chair of Citus Con: An Event for Postgres. Loves sailing in Greece.