Frequently Asked Questions
General Information about conference
FAQ info specific to speakers.
- I am a first time speaker, can I get some help?
- I run a Mac, anything I should know?
- Is there Internet access available for speakers?
- Do you recommend any equipment?
- What software should I use for my presentation?
- What tips can you provide for voice projection?
- Will I have a microphone?
- What equipment is provided to a speaker at the conference?
- Do speakers get to attend trainings for free?
- Do speakers have to register or pay for the conference?
- What benefits is there to being a speaker?
General information for trainers
Frequently asked questions about volunteering for PostgreSQL Conference
As of 11/30/2010 we have generated over $85,000 USD in donations for the PostgreSQL community (SPI and PgUS).
Command Prompt is a for profit business. We do however strongly support the community financially as well as through contributions.
The conferences are organized by Command Prompt, Inc. with the assistance of many great members of the PostgreSQL community. Command Prompt is a long time contributor to the PostgreSQL community and uses the conference series as a way to reach out to community and educate new and existing users on PostgreSQL.
The conference provides (where possible) all slides of the presentations on-line for free. These presentation archives provide the single largest source of educational PostgreSQL material available. Command Prompt, Inc. is a long time supporter of the PostgreSQL Community. You can read about some of our contributions here.
The PostgreSQL Conference Series is designed to be a geographically strategic series of conferences that allow contributors, current users and future users/developers to learn and network. Our goal is to establish a series of forums for local developers, administrators, students, professors and users to mingle with leading PostgreSQL contributors. These forums will continue to be held in the United States. For International forums see the other conferences page.
The presentations are focused on educating the audience on what is possible with PostgreSQL including practical application, what developers and DBAs are doing right now and how that could help you. An attendee will walk away with tools and information they can apply. As well as more advanced topics about things you will be doing in the future.
Finally, we are using the conferences to raise funds to further use of PostgreSQL. The money we raise is used to support education efforts and community building such as sponsoring key developers to speak at other conferences. To experience PostgreSQL Conference, you have to attend, but here is a brief look at what you will be missing if you don't.
Your PostgreSQL Conferences team.
In the past we have recorded the conferences. However as the conference has grown this has become a lot more work than we have volunteers for.
Absolutely. We are a community and there are a number of speakers who would be willing to help you perfect your presentation. If you are a first time speaker, once you have been subscribed to the speakers list, just request some help.
Most projectors are VGA. You need to make sure you have a display port to VGA adapter.
Yes but don't count on it. Hotel wireless when bombarded with a couple of hundred geeks with various levels of ssh running, just doesn't hold up that well. Our suggestion is that we all learn to tether.
We do recommend a remote presentation control. They are about 40.00 and it allows you to walk around the room and still control your presentation. They work just like a mouse so there are no special drivers required.
Whatever software you are comfortable with on your laptop.
A lot of our community struggles with this. Voice projection is key to allowing your audience to hear them. Here are a couple of simple tips:
Unless you are speaking in the banquet hall, you will not be provided a microphone. The rooms are not generally large and standard speaking voice should be enough.
Speakers are provided with a VGA cable that plugs into the projector. I.e; bring your laptop and your best projected voice.
No. The trainers are compensated based on the number of attendees who pay for the training.
By being accepted as a speaker you are registered for the conference. There is no additional fees required. However, speakers do not receive admittance to the trainings for free. If you wish to attend trainings you must register for them separately.
There are professional benefits to being a PostgreSQL Conference Speaker. The PostgreSQL Conference is an established conference series that has shown growth every six months of at least 30% each conference. Further enhancing your public speaking skills will only help you in your professional pursuits in the future.
It varies per training and conference. However a good rule of thumb is:
We pay 60% of the training fee to the trainer, per registration to the training.
There are half day and full day trainings.
Most major Open Source conference (for profit or not) have volunteers. These volunteers are a part of critical processes designed to help pull off the conference in the most successful way. Depending on the conference you may be called on to perform content review or just staff a registration table.
As a volunteer, you receive the conference for free. That is a substantial financial savings. Further, every conference (for profit or not) utilizes volunteers in some manner. This may be for content review, or for staffing a booth.