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Upcoming database conferences – August 2015

For almost any software developer, database designers or otherwise, events and conventions signify a variety of opportunities. Whether it’s keeping up with the latest patches and functions of a language or seeing how others handle the sort of problems they deal with, or maybe making business connections or just meeting like-minded people, there’s a lot to gain from assisting the right events.

In this article we’re going to mention some of the most important, worldwide events of the upcoming month which focus specifically on database modelling, design and administration.

For a more comprehensive list of data and database-related conferences for developers and software architects, check out our event calendar.

PG Day Campinas 2015

PGDay Campinas

Since its beginnings back at 2011, PGDay has gained a well-deserved reputation as one of the most important PostgreSQL events worldwide, as well as an event that all database designers might be able to get something out of, one way of the other. While PGDay Campinas 2014 was a great success, with 300 participants, 7 Brazilian speakers and 3 international ones, this 8th edition of the event is expected to be even bigger and get more than 300 participants this time around.

This events also features two tutorials, one on native replication as handled in PostgreSQL 9.4 and an introduction to the extension PostGIS.

Location: PGDay Campinas 2015 will be held in Campinas, Brazil (state of Sao Paulo) at the Conventions Center of UNICAMP (University of Campinas)

Schedule: PGDay Campinas will be a single day event to be held on August 7th from 8:00 to 18:00. The talks that will be had are still being discussed and open for submission. The native replication tutorial will be between 9:00 and 13:00. The introduction to PostGIS will be between 14:00 and 18:00.

Website: (English), (Portuguese)

Registration fees: The conference tickets cost, right now, $170. The registration for one tutorial costs $85, and the cost for both is $150.

Of note: The Opening Keynote panel, “Security with PostgreSQL,” looks really good. Security is, of course, a main concern when modelling and developing databases, and the panelist, American Stephen Frost, most certainly knows the ins and outs of the language, as shown in his 2013 PgCon talk “Hacking PostgreSQL.”

PGDay Campinas has approachable sponsorship plans, making it a great opportunity for smaller businesses trying to expose their products to the niche market of PostgreSQL developers.

Big Data Developer Conference

Big Data Developer Conference

Since 2013, Global Big Data has been organizing several database events that focus on handling Big Data and its current landscape. The conference is designed to be approachable and doesn’t assume previous knowledge of databases, so that both technical and not-technical people can benefit from the speaking sessions.

This August Global Big Data will be organizing 3 events in Boston, Seattle and Raleigh, each lasting 3 days. The focus of these will be on Hadoop, Spark, NoSQL and Machine Learning. Attendees will experience real Hadoop Clusters and its latest distributions.

Location: The first of August’s Big Data Developer Conferences will be at the Boston’s Convention & Exhibition Center in Boston, MA from August 10 to August 12. The second one will be at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, WA, from August 17 to August 19 and the third, from August 24 to August 26, will be at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, NC.

Schedule: These conferences last 3 days and go between 8:00 and 20:00, with a lunch break between 12:00 and 13:00. Registration is between 7:30 and 8:00 on the first day.

Website: (Details on each individual conference under the agenda tab)

Registration Fees: $1,499.00 for 3 days, $1,099.00 for 2 days and $799.00 for a single day.

Of note: Apache Spark and Apache Hadoop: They are useful frameworks, they are efficient each in their own way, they have a growing demand and they are both featured in these conferences. This is a good opportunity to learn more about these technologies.

Out of the three days of each convention, one has a focus on each. Developers looking forward to expanding their toolkits might want to look into either if they had to choose which days to assist. Knowing about both is, of course, a huge plus for anyone.

41st International Conference on Very Large Data Bases

41st International Conference on Very Large Data Bases

VLDB is a premier, annual international forum for data management and database researchers, vendors, practitioners, app developers and users. The non-profit organization Very Large Data Bases Endowment has been steering these events since as early as 1975. With the advent of Big Data, database management and optimization has gained a new level of importance, making the panels, tutorials and workshops in these events more relevant than ever before.

Location: The Conference will be held at the Hilton Waikoloa Hotel in Hawaii, HI.

Schedule: The event will last from August 31 to September 4. The tentative schedule of the event can be seen here.


Registration Fees: Regular Fee (Before August 30) is $800 for the conference, $500 for the workshops and $1100 for the full package. Students have a discount and pay only $400 for both the conference and the workshops. Onsite Fee (August 30 and onwards) is $880 for the conference, $550 for the workshops and $1200 for both. With the student discount the full package costs $450.

Of note: I’d certainly look forward to the “Designing for Interaction: Broadening our View of Working with Data” panel on September 3, from 13:30 to 15:00. It seems to present a different perspective regarding the way in which users can interact with the data besides the individual query-response interactions, proposing a broader scope. The panelists are young but knowledgeable, and obviously passionate regarding the area of database tools and technologies, and the panel moderator will be University of California Professor of Computer Science Joseph M. Hellerstein, listed by Fortune Magazine as one of the 50 smartest people in technology in 2010. Joseph’s work on data systems has been included in MIT’s Technology Review magazine as one of the 10 technologies most likely to change our world.

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