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Re: On future conferences

From: "Jim C(dot) Nasby" <jim(at)nasby(dot)net>
To: Andrew Sullivan <ajs(at)crankycanuck(dot)ca>
Cc: pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: On future conferences
Date: 2006-09-19 21:28:12
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How far off are we, money-wise? Is that the only thing holding this up?

On Mon, Sep 18, 2006 at 04:56:19PM -0400, Andrew Sullivan wrote:
> Hi all,
> 
> Some of you will know that this summer's conference in Toronto was
> mostly successful (we've been struggling with some blockers on
> putting up all the conference materials, but I have been assured
> several times that that state of affairs will end in the next few
> days).  Some of you will also know that we did some work to try to
> find out what sort of future conference, if any, was desired by the
> community.
> 
> Based on the feedback we received, the community apparently wants a
> combined user/hacker conference: that is, a conference that combines
> the PostgreSQL-server developer tracks we saw at this year's
> conference with some user-focussed items similar to what one might
> find at typical database conferences for users.
> 
> Such a conference is not free to put on, of course, and actually
> requires a considerable amount of money in order to make it both
> successful and accessible to community members.  This year, we were
> successful mostly because of the generosity of our many corporate
> sponsors; we are thankful to them.  This conference was necessarily
> planned to be smaller than a combined conference would be, so we can
> anticipate that a future conference would require more money than the
> money required by the 2006 conference.
> 
> Those who are in charge of the funds currently held by Software in
> the Public Interest have a number of other projects besides a
> conference they are hoping to support in the upcoming year. 
> Accordingly, the group has reached a consensus that 2007 is too soon
> to plan to fund another conference.  Accordingly, the 2006 conference
> committee is not planning to try to organise a conference for 2007. 
> We believe that it would be in the best interests of everyone to plan
> for a biennial conference, if we wish to have a repeating series,
> rather than an annual one.  So, in the unlikely event you were
> holding your breath waiting for the announcement of next year's
> conference, wait no more.
> 
> Best regards,
> Andrew Sullivan
> (2006 PostgreSQL Summit committee chair)
> 
> -- 
> Andrew Sullivan  | ajs(at)crankycanuck(dot)ca
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> 		--Jane Jacobs 
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