Conference for MySQL Users

If you’re following PlanetMySQL you’ve already seen Baron’s post about MySQL Conference which many of us just have returned from.
It was great event as well as 5 conferences I’ve been before that, though however it more and more becomes MySQL marketing channel and business event rather than Users Conference as it originated. This Year even name was changed to be MySQL Conference and Expo though I have not noticed it until Baron pointed out 🙂

There is nothing wrong with MySQL Conference and Expo – there are product conferences out where for pretty much any mature product with large user base, however it may not put users interest first any more.
I’ve been talking to a a lot of people and many inside MySQL/Sun and out share the same opinion so we thought we should organize one.

I would like to see the conference which is focused on the product users interests rather than business interests of any particular company (or personal interests of small group of people), I would like it to be affordable so more people can attend and I’d like to see it open so everyone is invited to contribute and process is as open as possible.

Just chatting about idea in the blog comments is poor way to make things happen so we organized OurSQL Google Group which is open for everyone interested in discussing organization of such conference (or set of conferences in different locations) to join. We named the group after Sheeri’s podcast – though conference name may change in the future. We just wanted to avoid using “MySQL” term due to potential trademark issues.

You can also check Arjens post on the same issue.

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Comments (3)

  • rongyun

    I think if people has these must be very beautiful.We women must be beautiful when go shopping .We must be charming .That is wonderful.

    April 23, 2008 at 12:00 am
  • LenZ

    Note that it was actually called “MySQL Conference & Expo” in 2007 as well – so this is not a new thing. And I don’t actually think that the focus has really shifted *that* much. As an example, we had even more (17) DotOrg Pavilion pods in the exhibition area this year than we used to have! Sure, in the end it’s a commercially oriented event, but that too is not different from the past years.

    And we’d be glad to support more community-driven events like MySQLCamp / OurSQL or whatever it will be called!

    April 25, 2008 at 3:17 am
  • peter


    May be – do you remember when the name changed ?

    Regarding .org pavilion indeed there was a big one this year, this means MySQL Supports Open Source community around MySQL, which is not the same thing as selection of information which was presented to the users.

    Anyway it is great you’re open to support other conferences as well this is important thing.

    April 27, 2008 at 2:57 pm

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