Spreading the conference love

The PostgreSQL community has a lot of conferences in the United States:
  • PgUS United States PostgreSQL Conference 
  • Citus Data PgConfSV
  • PgUS SCALE PgDay (which as of 2016 is really a conference within a conference)
  • PostgresOpen
  • EDB PostgresVision
And that doesn't come even close to the number of various conferences in Europe.

As Bruce Momjian pointed out in his excellent blog this is a good thing. It is true that in the United States there is the big boy on the block and it will likely hit 600 people in 2017 but other than that the conferences are all small and regional. The exception is PostgresVision which hasn't yet run and therefore we don't know how many people are going to show up. It is the regional conferences that are king and they should embrace that. It is far more important to speak to a region than a nation. When you speak to a region, you can address that regions particular needs and values in regards to Postgres. I look forward to the continued success of the smaller conferences, I think it would be excellent if each region was able to steadily grow to a point where there is the one national conference that draws the larger corporate ROI and half a dozen regional conferences that focussed on startups, small companies and local industry. Let's rock the next few years shall we?