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A Story Behind the Conference, or How pgDay Asia was born

A Lightning Talk at pgDay Asia 2016.
http://2016.pgday.asia/

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A Story Behind the Conference, or How pgDay Asia was born

  1. 1. A Story Behind the Conference, or How pgDay Asia was born Satoshi Nagayasu pgDay Asia 2016 | Singapore
  2. 2. Who Am I?
  3. 3. A Few Years Ago... • I was working as chairperson of Japan PostgreSQL Users Group. • I just started thinking of new PostgreSQL conference for the people, mainly coming from Asian countries...
  4. 4. Why? • Wanted to introduce PostgreSQL to the Asian people. • Wanted to introduce Asia to the PostgreSQL community. • Obviously, itʼs worth involving Asian communities and people, but going to Ottawa & Europe is not easy thing for the Asian people.
  5. 5. “Can we make it?” “I have no idea...”
  6. 6. What could I do at that time? • Just nothing. • Because I was not familiar with Asian countries and communities.
  7. 7. What did I do at that time? • Just started inviting from Asia. • Just started traveling around Asia. • To find the people. • To know the people.
  8. 8. PostgreSQL Conference 2014 Japan
  9. 9. pgcon 2012 @ Ottawa pgcon 2013 @ Ottawa pgcon 2014 @ Ottawa (Hong Kong) pgcon china 2014 @ Shenzhen (Beijing) FOSSASIA 2015 @ Singapore pgcon 2015 @ Ottawa COSCUP 2015 @ Taipei (HKOSCon 2016 @ Hong Kong)
  10. 10. A friend of mine in China asked me... “Why are you traveling in Asia so many times even you live in Asia? Donʼt you want to go Europe?” “Hmm...”
  11. 11. FOSSASIA 2015 Singapore
  12. 12. I met the guy in Singapore.
  13. 13. “Can we make it?” “Yeah, may be...”
  14. 14. Then, I made a pitch at pgcon 2015.
  15. 15. [WIP] pgDay Asia 2016 Satoshi Nagayasu Japan PostgreSQL Users Group
  16. 16. pgDay Asia @ FOSSASIA 2016 • FOSSASIA 2016 – March 18h-20th in Singapore • As A Joint Event with FOSSASIA 2016 – 1 Day, 2 Tracks (not fixed yet) • Still “Work In Progress”, but mark your calendar NOW!
  17. 17. Letʼs put “PostgreSQL” on the T-shirt next time!
  18. 18. “Can we make it?” “Probably...”
  19. 19. 6 months later...
  20. 20. The Team
  21. 21. “Can we make it?” “Yeah, we have to...”
  22. 22. CfP Venue Visa Issue … Everything for Program and Logistics
  23. 23. Another 6 months past...
  24. 24. In this week...
  25. 25. s
  26. 26. We made it! We made it! 
  27. 27. Itʼs safe to say that Asian PostgreSQL communities are able to run pan-Asian conference once a year.
  28. 28. And also FLOSS communities can help PostgreSQL communities, and vise versa.
  29. 29. Running conferences is a really tough job.
  30. 30. I canʼt thank Sameer more for his help while I was spending an extreme busy & tough time.
  31. 31. Thanks to Sameer, Bruce, Nikhil, the team, Ashnik people, and all the people who helped us make this happen.
  32. 32. And of course, thanks to FOSSASIA organizers, Hong Phuc Dang, Mario Behling and Justin Lee
  33. 33. Special Thanks: Mami Kurokawa (Web site design & coding)
  34. 34. Most importantly, All the speakers and All the attendees
  35. 35. Whatʼs next?
  36. 36. It depends on you. 
  37. 37. Please give us your feedback, and see you next time^H^H^H^Hyear!
  38. 38. Greatest Quote from pgcon for Conference Attendees “Keep coming.” by Dan Langille
  39. 39. Thanks

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