The Swiss PostgreSQL Conference

Swiss PGDay 2024

This conference is all about PostgreSQL - the world's most advanced open source database. Take the opportunity to meet with other people interested in PostgreSQL in Switzerland.

This year's Swiss PGDay will last two days with two tracks of presentations, in English and German. At least one of the presentations will be in English at all times. At the end of the first day (Thursday), all participants are invited to a social event to enjoy networking and personal exchange. The conference is suitable for everyone, from novices to experts and from back office staff to decision makers.

There will also be a poster exhibition and lightning talks where participants can share their projects, ideas and use cases.

To participate in the call for speakers or posters, please visit the Call for Speakers/Posters tab.
To book a ticket, please follow to the Registration tab.
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please read the conditions and procedure in the Sponsoring tab.

Do you have any questions or comments? Please email us at: info@pgday.ch.

We are looking forward to welcome you!
The organizing committee

The Swiss PGDay is organized by the Swiss PostgreSQL Users Group (SwissPUG)


Sponsors

We would love to hear about your project, your experiences (good or mixed), your favorite extensions, or any other interesting topic around PostgreSQL and its community.

Call for Speakers

  • A session lasts 50 minutes including questions.
  • Tell us about your proposal.
    1. A title and an abstract of about 1500 characters.
    2. A short text about you and your relation to PostgreSQL.
    3. A picture of yourself.
    4. Please indicate the language of your talk (English or German). You may submit the same talk in both languages if you wish.
    5. Target audience / category of your talk: General, DBA, Developers
  • Fill out the form on the right and submit your proposal by April 8, 2024, 23:59 CEST. We will notify all submitters of the outcome of the selection process by April 19, 2024.
  • Please note that proposals from speakers affiliated with companies sponsoring the event are not privileged and will be treated equally.
  • Confirmed speakers will get free access to the conference and are invited to the speaker's dinner the night before the conference.
  • For a description of the talk selection process and program committee, see the About tab.

Poster Exhibition

If you don't want to give a talk or have a topic that is smaller in scale, we offer another platform for presentations: You can create a poster that will be displayed in the exhibition area and you will have the opportunity to explain your work in the lightning talk session. Topics for posters can include scientific work related to databases, you can present your favourite software projects, tools, blog posts or your own success stories and use cases. Please note that commercial advertisements, company or product presentations are not allowed on posters. For these, you are free to sponsor the event or use the job board.

To participate in the poster exhibition, please email the topic of your poster with a short abstract to info@pgday.ch by May 15, 2024. If accepted, please send your poster (same email address) in high-resolution PDF format by June 3, 2024, and indicate whether you will be able to bring a physical copy. If you need assistance with printing, we can provide a limited service. All displayed posters will be listed on the homepage and their authors will be invited to present their work in the poster session. Depending on the amount of feedback, we may turn the poster session into lightning talks.

Lightning talks

There will be a lightning talk session on the second day of the conference. You can't submit them here. Submissions for lightning talks can be made at the event, but you can also prepare something in advance, especially if you want to present your poster.

The Call for Speakers is closed since 2024-04-08.

NOTE: schedule slots are not yet final, we aim for two full days!

Thursday, 27.06.2024
Time Track One - Room 3.008 Track Two - Room 3.010
08:15 - 09:00 Registration / Coffee - Cafeteria in building 8
09:00 - 09:10 Welcome: Stefan Keller (OST) - Room 3.008
Stefan Keller

Stefan Keller

Professor for information systems, founder and head of Geometa Labs. Keller is a member of the Swiss PGDay board and involved in various open source projects such as PostGIS and QGIS and open data initiatives, e.g. OpenStreetMap. Besides, he is generally interested in geographic data and their visualization as well as in the the integration of open source and proprietary solutions (e.g. QGIS and ArcGIS).

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12:10 - 13:20 Lunch - Mensa in building 4
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Possibly you, Lightning Talks

Lightning Talks
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In this session, several people are given the opportunity to give a short presentation of a few minutes. These can be on any topic, including PostgreSQL, but excluding commercial advertising. We are happy to hear about new ideas, work in progress, calls for papers, or notices of upcoming changes.

If you would like to participate, please add your name to list at the registration desk. If you want to present slides, these need to be mailed as a PDF to info@pgday.ch before 15:30.

19:00 - Social-Event - TBA
Friday, 28.06.2024
Time Track One - Room 3.008 Track Two - Room 3.010
08:30 - 09:00 Registration / Coffee - Cafeteria in building 8
09:00 - 09:50 Keynote: xxxx, yyyy - Room 3.008

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10:50 - 11:30 Break & Poster presentation - Cafeteria in building 8

After the coffee break, you will find the authors next to their posters to discuss the topics illustrated.

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12:30 - 12:50 Closing: Stefan Keller (OST) - Room 3.008
Stefan Keller

Stefan Keller

Professor for information systems, founder and head of Geometa Labs. Keller is a member of the Swiss PGDay board and involved in various open source projects such as PostGIS and QGIS and open data initiatives, e.g. OpenStreetMap. Besides, he is generally interested in geographic data and their visualization as well as in the the integration of open source and proprietary solutions (e.g. QGIS and ArcGIS).

Professor für Informationssysteme sowie Leiter und Gründer des Geometa Labs. Ist u.a. Mitglied des Swiss PGDay OK und engagiert in verschiedenen Open Source Projekten (z.B. PostGIS und QGIS) und Open Data (v.a. OpenStreetMap). Zudem interessieren ihn allgemein Geodaten und Geovisualisierung sowie die Integration von Open Source und proprietärer Software (z.B. QGIS und ArcGIS).

all times are in CEST / UTC+2

Swiss PGDay Sponsors 2024

Swiss PGDay wouldn't be possible without support from our generous sponsors. Thank you all very much!

Sponsors

Supporters

Partners

Interested in joining these companies in their support for the Swiss PGDay? See our sponsorship opportunities

Swiss PGDay Sponsoring 2024

The Swiss PGDay offers companies and organizations a unique annual opportunity to reach PostgreSQL professionals, community members and prospects from Switzerland and neighboring regions. If you are interested in sponsoring the conference, please send an email to sponsoring@pgday.ch

We offer the following levels of sponsorship with different benefits included:

Benefit Sponsor Supporter Partner
Endorsement "... of the Swiss PGDay 2024"
Logo with link on homepage*
Logo with link on sponsor page*
Short description text on sponsor page*
Logo on printed schedule posters
Logo shown in opening & closing presentation*
Sponsor mentioned in opening & closing session*
Banner/Rollup in catering area
Exhibition table for flyers/merchendise
Marketing flyers at the Jobboard
Access to conference box
Free ticket(s)
Fee 1'300 CHF
4/6 available
400 CHF
unlimited
n/a**

* The order in which the logos are displayed depends on the level and the order in which payment is received.
** Partners are non-profit organizations that are approached by the organizing committee to directly support the Swiss PGDay with services such as location or marketing.

In order to maintain the non-profit character of the event, Swiss PGDay limits the number of sponsors to 6. The supporter level is not limited. Applications will be processed on a first come, first served basis. The sooner an application is settled, the sooner the logos will appear on the website.

Sponsors of any level do not obtain guaranteed presentations; the normal call-for-speakers process applies to their representatives, too.

There are also "Community Supporter" tickets available, where individuals or business attendees can voluntarily pay a little more for the ticket to support the community conference and fund discounted student tickets.
In addition to this, you can also support us with a donation. See the 'about' tab for details.

The organizing committee of Swiss PGDay reserves the right to reject applications if it feels that a sponsor does not fit the expected audience, or to adjust the conditions published here if necessary. The same conditions apply to all sponsors and supporters.

Location

The OST (Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences, Campus Rapperswil) is located directly at the upper Zurich lakeshore with a view on the alpine foothills ( Map). A map of the campus with buildings and rooms can be found here. The registration is in the cafeteria in building Nr. 8. This is also the place where you can meet and get coffee during the day.

How to get there

The premises of the OST are right beside the train station of Rapperswil (southern exit, look for the signs). We recommend you therefore to use public transportation. It is possible, however, to reach the University by car.

Where to stay

If you are staying overnight and are looking for a hotel, there are several nearby accommodations in a variety of price ranges. Here are some suggestions:

Social event

On the evening of the first conference day (Thursday), we will host a community party for all Swiss PGDay participants. Join us after the talks for a great opportunity to network and mingle with the PostgreSQL community. The dinner buffet and first drinks will be provided by Swiss PGDay. To simplify logistics, please wear your badge. More details will be announced at a later date.

Job board

Looking for people or a new job? There's a whiteboard near the registration desk where sponsors, companies and conference attendees can post potential job openings, resumes, company profiles and more. If you hang around during the breaks, you may be able to connect with each other. We ask our sponsors to have a presence there.

Ease of access

The campus is accessible for wheelchairs.

Code of conduct

Swiss PGDay 2024 is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone.
We do not tolerate harassment of Swiss PGDay 2024 participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including exhibition booths, talks, chat groups and social events around Swiss PGDay 2024. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the Swiss PGDay 2024 conference organizers.
Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, displaying sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the Swiss PGDay 2024 conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including ejection from the conference with no refund. If you feel that you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a Swiss PGDay 2024 Staff Member immediately.
Swiss PGDay 2024 Staff will be happy to help participants contact the police, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference.
Thank you for your help in making Swiss PGDay 2024 fun and enjoyable for everyone!
Local points of contact:
Organizing committee pgday@swisspug.org
Venue contact number: +41 58 257 47 46
Emergency services: 112.
If the complaint is about an organizer or staff members of the event, you may contact a SwissPUG Board member directly. You may also contact the PostgreSQL community code of conduct committee if you prefer an outside organisation, in which case the conference organizers and SwissPUG will commit to assisting the CoC committee to the best of their abilities.

Financial disclosure

The costs of Swiss PGDay are covered by the income from our sponsors and the registration fees. We try to keep the costs as low as possible for both parties and offer special rates for students to allow as many people as possible to attend. Our budget is calculated to break even. Operating losses and profits resulting from deviations from the budget will be managed by the Swiss PostgreSQL Users Group. Profits will be reinvested in the next year's Swiss PGDay.

Donations

You can support us financially by donating to the Swiss PostgreSQL Users Group association. There are no obligations associated with donations. Please mention in a short notice if the donation shall be treated anonymously or not. Donations can be sent via bank transfer to IBAN: CH11 0900 0000 6152 7599 2, BIC: POFICHBEXXX Account holder: Swiss PostgreSQL Users Group, 3110 Münsingen

Community event

Responsible for the Swiss PGDay is the Swiss PostgreSQL Users Group (SwissPUG). The event does comply with the PostgreSQL Community Conference Recognition guidelines and the use of the trademark "PGDay" is granted by PostgreSQL Europe.

Talk selection process

All submissions are looked at and considered by the program committee by reading abstracts, titles and submission notes. The program committee members each vote on every submission with a score of 1 through 9. We abstain from voting (i.e. vote NULL, not 0) on submissions by ourself or coworkers. We try hard not to have repeated speakers and to promote diversity.

Programme committee (alphabetic order)

Organization committee (alphabetic order)

Past events

Swiss PGDay 2023
Swiss PGDay 2022
Swiss PGDay 2021
Swiss PGDay 2020
Swiss PGDay 2019
Swiss PGDay 2018
Swiss PGDay 2017 (German)
Swiss PGDay 2016 (German)

Background picture CC BY-SA 3.0 Roland zh. Thank you!
Portrait Placeholder CC BY-SA 4.0 Greasemann.


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