Our distinguished list of tutorial and breakout session speakers

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Samantha Billington

Database Manager

15 years experience in postgres, currently managing the database team and overseeing the database scaling of Turnitin.com

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Ryan Lowe

Production Engineer

Currently a Production Engineer at Square, Ryan has performed as a DBA for PostgreSQL, MySQL, Oracle, MS SQL Server, and a number of lesser-known databases. Before joining Square, he worked as a consultant at Percona.

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John Cesario

Platform Engineer

John Cesario works for Square as an Engineer on the Data Storage team. John has over 10 years of experience operating and developing databases and database backed applications.

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Kenny Gorman

Chief Technologist; Data

Kenny has decades of experience with various database platforms behind some of the busiest companies in the world. He has had roles as Architect, Director, Manager, Developer, and DBA.

He was a key member of the early teams that scaled Paypal and then eBay on Oracle. He ran one of the busiest PostgreSQL installations in the world at Hi5 and was an early adopter of MongoDB using it for various large projects at Shutterfly.

He is an active member in the PostgreSQL community and scaled Hi5 from just a few servers to dozens running multi-terabye workloads on SSD and SAN backends. He has contributed to the early versions of pg_reorg, and wrote the pgstat2 utility as well as other tools and performance techniques. He's been blogging about databases including PostgreSQL for years.

Currently, Kenny is Chief Technologist; Data in the Office of the CTO at Rackspace. Part evangelist part coder, he spends his time working to ensure Rackspace is always at the forefront of data technologies.

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Christophe Pettus

PosgreSQL Experts, Inc.

Christophe has been working with PostgreSQL since 1997. He's a director at PostgreSQL Experts, Inc.

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Joseph Conway

Crunchy Data

Joe Conway is an innovative leader with broad experience in a wide array of disciplines and extensive international business exposure.

He has been involved with PostgreSQL as a user since 1998, and a contributor since 2001. He is also the author and maintainer of a PostgreSQL procedural language handler for the R language, PL/R.

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Peter Geoghegan

Database Engineer

Peter has been involved in PostgreSQL development since 2011 as both a reviewer and feature implementer, and is a major contributor. His development projects tend to be centered on improving PostgreSQL's performance in various ways, including adding support for group commit, and, more recently, PostgreSQL 9.5's big improvements in text and numeric sort performance.

Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Peter now lives in San Francisco and works on Heroku's popular cloud database service.

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Magnus Hagander

Database Architect, Systems Administrator & Developer
Redpill Linpro

Magnus Hagander is a member of the PostgreSQL Core Team and a developer and code committer in the PostgreSQL Global Development Group. Magnus is one of the original developers of the Windows port of PostgreSQL. These days, he mostly works on other parts of the PostgreSQL backend, recently with a focus on security features, monitoring and backup/replication interfaces and tools. He is also one of the core members of the postgresql.org infrastructure team, maintaining the servers that power the project, and one of the maintainers of the postgresql.org website. He also contributes to pgAdmin and other related projects. He's been a PostgreSQL user since version 6 (with some non-serious use of Postgres 95 before that), and currently serves on the Core Team and as President of the Board for PostgreSQL Europe.

To pay the bills, he is a PostgreSQL and open source software consultant at Redpill Linpro in Stockholm, Sweden, where he works on consulting, support and training services, as well as custom development work.

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Derek Nelson


I studied CS at Berkeley and first became interested in databases during a course I took that was taught by Mike Franklin. From there I was recruited to AdRoll in its very early days, and I've been working on data-infrastructure ever since. After spending enough time in the space, I was ultimately compelled to venture out on my own and was funded by Y-Combinator to build PipelineDB shortly after.

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Andreas Scherbaum

Advisory Consultant
EMC Deutschland GmbH

Andreas Scherbaum is working with PostgreSQL since 1997. He is involved in several PostgreSQL related community projects, member of the Board of Directors of the European PostgreSQL User Group and also wrote a PostgreSQL book (in German).

Since 2011 he is working for EMC/Greenplum/Pivotal and tackles very big databases.

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Sadayuki Furuhashi

Founder & Software Architect
Treasure Data, Inc.

An open-source hacker who wrote original code of MessagePack, Fluentd and Embulk projects. Sadayuki Furuhashi is also a founder and architect of Treasure Data Inc and contributing to Facebook's Presto distributed SQL query engine. You can find him on github at @frsyuki.

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Alvaro Hernandez


Álvaro is a 36 year-old IT entrepreneur, based in Madrid, Spain. Founder and CTO at 8Kdata (www.8kdata.com), a database R&D company, he spends most of his time working on the ToroDB (www.torodb.com) project, the first NoSQL-on-SQL database, a MongoDB-compatible database that runs on top of PostgreSQL.

He is a passionate software developer and open source advocate. Álvaro is a Java software developer, member of JavaSpecialists.eu, but also a DBA, trainer and frequent lecturer at international conferences. He also founded the PostgreSQL Spanish User Group (www.postgrespaña.es), nowadays the 4rd largest PUG in the world, with more than 450 members.

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AJ Welch

Data Engineer

AJ is a Data Engineer at Chartio where he helps customers get the most out of their data pipelines, warehouses and analyses. He uses PostgreSQL daily and is particularly excited about the growing ecosystem of open source extensions. Prior to working at Chartio he built financial data warehouses for large Oracle shops.

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Jason Petersen

Software Engineer
Citus Data

At Amazon, Jason drove the design, implementation, and operation of a new distributed real-time cloud monitoring service, CloudWatch. From there he made a drastic change to crafting cutting-edge web interfaces at the small startup TrackSimple, which was quickly acquired by a slightly larger startup, BlueKai.

After three years in the UI world, Jason decided to return to his roots in distributed systems, arriving at Citus Data in December 2013, where he now leads development of pg_shard, an open-source sharding extension for PostgreSQL. Jason holds a BS in CS from the University of Texas at Austin and lives in Denver with his wife, baby boy, and neurotic—but clever—dog.

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Gavin McQuillan

Senior Data Engineer
Urban Airship

Gavin is a longtime PostgreSQL enthusiast, specializing in building automation and analytics solutions, distributed systems, scaling and securing web applications. His experience includes Google SRE, software development and leading teams in young technology startups. He lives in Portland with his family, bicycles, and hand planes.

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Baron Schwartz


Baron is the founder and CEO of VividCortex, a monitoring solution for PostgreSQL and other databases. He is deeply involved in many database communities and has written and spoken extensively on database performance and scaling. He has also spent many years creating open source software for database monitoring and administration.

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David Pacheco

Software Engineer

David Pacheco is a software engineer at Joyent, where he works primarily on the Manta storage service. He also works on Joyent's SmartDataCenter product and tools for tracing and debugging Node.js programs in production.

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Dan Robinson

Lead Engineer
Heap, Inc.

Dan is a lead engineer at Heap, where he uses PostgreSQL, Kafka, Redis, and CitusDB to build distributed analytics infrastructure. He uses Scala and Node.js day-to-day, though he's been known to get a little too much satisfaction out of solving problems with PL/pgSQL. Dan earned B.S. degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics from Stanford, where spent most of his time studying machine learning. He likes hiking and building physical things.

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Scott Milliken


Mathematician, database and distributed systems enthusiast, and PostgreSQL limit-pusher.

Founded MixRank, a Y Combinator and Mark Cuban backed company that crawls the web and processes petabytes of data monthly to enable sales and marketing teams to find more customers. PostgreSQL is the most essential piece of our data infrastructure, with a cluster of machines serving 10s of terabytes of data to customers.

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Grant McAlister

Senior Principal Engineer

Grant McAlister is a Senior Principal Engineer at Amazon.com where he works on RDS - Amazon's Relational Database Service, the service he help found 6 years ago. For the past 15 years Grant has been responsible for the performance, scalability and availability of Amazon's databases. Before joining Amazon.com in 1999, Grant worked as an Independent Database Consultant and as a Senior Principle Consultant for Oracle Corporation. A 1991 graduate of the University of Alberta, Grant has been working with database systems for the past 24 years.