The United States PostgreSQL Association (PgUS) is calling for conference proposals for a Virtual Event to be held in the Fall of 2021.
Our goal is to have in-person conferences as soon as is reasonable to do so, and we know that everyone is keen to meet again. We are fully aware of the global pandemic situation, and it does not seem either feasible or responsible to have a larger in-person conference this year. We will re-evaluate the situation for 2022, based on the advice of health care officials.
We are the Community Recognized PostgreSQL association in the US, and the event will need to follow the Community Event Guidelines that you can read about here (https://www.postgresql.org/about/policies/conferences/) and Trademark Guidelines (https://www.postgresql.org/about/policies/trademarks/). We are a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization and therefore must also treat all sponsors equally and impartially (as also discussed in the community conference guidelines).
We are planning for a one day event with up to three tracks. We anticipate the gathering to have 500 attendees. We plan for this fall event to be fully virtual. We do expect a global audience, however we anticipate the majority being in the Western hemisphere, and the timing of the event should reflect this.
We are very interested in holding online technical and social events to help build our community. You will work with the PgUS Conference Committee on all details and aspects of putting on the event. PgUS will manage the contracts and related paperwork, and the event will be covered by our insurance.
All sessions will come from the community through an open Call for Papers. An independent Program Committee, following the guidelines outlined in the Community Conference policy, will select the sessions for the event, and work with you on the schedule for the event. Note that the PgUS conference system will be used for this event, which provides website hosting, a registration system, a call for papers system, a scheduling system, a login using the PostgreSQL Community account, and other related capabilities.
The items we are looking for in the proposal are as follows:
- Project timeline for the event.
- Project budget for the event.
- Recommended Virtual Event platform for streaming and recording sessions.
- Sponsorship prospectus and sponsor acquisition plan for the event.
- Advertising and marketing plan for the event.
- Selected platform should be able to integrate with the registration system.
- Selected platform should be able to integrate with the PgUS scheduling system.
- Ability to record sessions.
The deadline for responses is February 28, 2021. Questions about the event or the selection process, and all final proposals, should be sent to email@example.com.
PgUS is looking for people to join our Committees, as well as looking to fill some specific roles, to help us accomplish our goals of supporting PostgreSQL and growing the community.
The following Committees are looking for members:
The Diversity Committee promotes an inclusive environment in the PostgreSQL community through outreach programs and the support of educational endeavors for underrepresented PostgreSQL users in the United States.
Sarah Conway Schnurr is the current chair of the committee.
The User Group Committee promotes the education of the public about PostgreSQL by holding monthly, semi-monthly, or other regularly scheduled local meetings (aka "meetups") to bring together those interested in learning about PostgreSQL (either physically or virtually), either directly or by working with local organizers of PostgreSQL User Groups (aka PUGs).
Dave Cramer is the current chair of the committee.
The Expo Committee promotes the use and education of PostgreSQL by exhibiting at various non-PostgreSQL events, either directly or by working with other volunteers, in-person or virtually, where those events are suitably aligned with PgUS's mission (eg: non-profit, volunteer-run general events such as SCALE, or open-source focused events such as FOSS4G).
Mark Wong is the current chair of the committee.
Communications Director. PgUS is exploring ways to improve communications with our members. Some of the options we are considering are:
• more frequent social media postings
• expanding social media channels
• updating the News feed on the PgUS website more frequently
• monthly emails to the membership with updates from the Board, the Committees, and other PgUS news
To that end, PgUS is looking for an individual who could lead these outreach efforts, working with the board and officers, to communicate with our membership and to run membership drives and solicit the membership for help with committees and other PgUS efforts.
The Committee member selection process is outlined here:
Please email us at contact (at) postgresql (dot) us and let us know your interest!
The PgUS Board has set the Annual Meeting of Members for August 20, 2020 at 10:00 AM Pacific Time. A Notice of Meeting with the connection details and agenda was sent by email to all active Members on July 17, 2020. If you did not receive the email, please contact us so we can re-send it. Reminder emails will be sent two weeks, one week, and one day prior to the meeting. We look forward to this opportunity to speak directly with our members.
We are pleased to have Jonathan Katz and Mark Wong continue on the Board for an additional term.
We welcome Katie McMillan to her first term on the Board.
We thank Michael Brewer and Marc Linster for running.
We appreciate Michael's service as Board Secretary during the current term.
And thank you to all of our members who took the time to vote!
The United States PostgreSQL Association (PgUS) wishes to announce upcoming elections for three seats on its Board of Directors.
The terms of Directors Michael Brewer, Jonathan S. Katz, and Mark Wong will be ending on April 30, 2020.
Any member of PgUS whose membership is in good standing as of March 11, 2020 at 11:00:00 AM PDT is eligible to run in the election.
Nominations can be submitted by PgUS members who are in good standing from March 18, 2020 at 11:00:00 AM PDT through March 25, 2020, 23:59 PDT by following the instructions below.
Candidates who meet the nomination requirements and accept their nomination will be asked to provide information around their candidacy after the nomination period has closed. This information will be posted on the PgUS website (postgresql.us) as well as be emailed to the membership for consideration.
The election will be held from March 30, 2020 at 00:00:00 PDT until April 4, 2020 at 23:59:00 PDT. Instructions on how to vote will be provided on the PgUS website (postgresql.us) as well as emailed to the membership
If you wish to be a candidate for the upcoming election of PgUS, or wish to nominate another member, please send the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- The name of the member you wish to nominate
- A 1-2 sentence description as to why you are nominating this member
Any questions on the election can be sent directly to the PgUS board at email@example.com
We look forward to receiving your nominations.