Conference Committee

  • Shlomi Noach
    Conference Chairman
    Senior Infrastructure Engineer , GitHub
    Shlomi is an engineer and a database geek. He is an active MySQL community member, authors gh-ost, orchestrator, common_schema and other open source tools, and blogs at http://openark.org. Shlomi is recipient of Oracle ACE, Oracle Technologist of the Year, and MySQL Community Member of the Year awards. He works at GitHub on the database infrastructure team.
  • Senior Engineering Manager , Box
    Tamar Bercovici is a Senior Engineering Manager at Box where she leads the Distributed Data Systems Team in scaling Box’s database architecture. Prior to Box, Tamar was an early-stage employee at XMPie (now a Xerox company). Tamar holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.
  • Chief Evangelist , Percona
    Colin Charles is the Chief Evangelist at Percona. He was previously on the founding team of MariaDB Server in 2009, and had worked at MySQL since 2005, and been a MySQL user since 2000. Before joining MySQL, he worked actively on the Fedora and OpenOffice.org projects. He's well known within open source communities in APAC, and has spoken at many conferences.
  • VP of IT Operations , Big Fish Games
    Sean Chighizola is the VP of IT Operations at Big Fish Games.. He has extensive knowledge of leveraging MySQL and MySQL Cluster to build and support high transaction volume ecommerce websites. His recent primary focus has been building interoperability between private cloud provider and Big Fish datacenters to support database infrastructure of scalable online games. Prior to Big Fish he worked at Intelius Inc and TraceRegister LLC and is a member of The Society for Information Management (SIM).
  • Sr. Systems Engineer , Google, Inc.
    Jeremy Cole is a long-time MySQL Geek and pioneer of MySQL scalability. Jeremy started his MySQL adventure in 2000 as the fourteenth employee of a startup: MySQL AB. His initial work was primarily on documentation and core development, soon transitioning into support, and finally running the training and consulting organization during his four and a half years there. After MySQL, Jeremy coined the “MySQL Geek” title at Yahoo!, supporting hundreds of internal users of MySQL and many thousands of MySQL servers within Yahoo!’s infrastructure, as well as building a large team of MySQL experts around the world. Jeremy went on to found one of the premier MySQL consulting companies, Proven Scaling, which during its more than three years of operation provided detailed advice, optimization, new tools, and hands-on DBA and emergency support to more than 100 influential companies. For more than two years, Jeremy managed the growing team of DBAs at Twitter, keeping the world tweeting. Jeremy is currently making MySQL more awesome at Google.
  • MySQL Performance Engineer , Facebook
    Harrison is member of Facebook database performance team. He previously worked at MySQL AB for 8 years as a trainer and support engineer. He has also co-authored a book, MySQL Clustering.
  • Senior Systems Engineer , Hewlett Packard
    Patrick Galbraith is a principal engineer at HP in the Advanced Technology Group. He is the author or two books: “Developing Web Applications with Apache, MySQL, memcached, and Perl” (Wiley) “Expert PHP and MySQL” (Wiley) In his “spare time”, he also maintains DBD::mysql, DBD::drizzle, FederatedX storage engine and the Memcached Functions for MySQL as well as tinkering with various other OpenSource and OpenStack projects. Patrick lives up in the sticks of New Hampshire with his wife Ruth and son Kiran, daughter Sara, lots of trees and rocks, as well as his Kubota tractor.
  • Managing Principal Architect , Percona
    Jay Janssen started using MySQL in the 3.23 days, but honed his skills during 7 years at Yahoo as a High Availability Consultant specializing in MySQL. He joined Percona in 2011 and is a Managing Consultant there specializing in Percona XtraDB Cluster and High Availability architectures. He tweets at @jayjanssen
  • Quality Assurance Architect , VMware
    Quality Assurance Architect at VMware. Formerly at MySQL AB, and then through acquisitions at Sun Microsystems and Oracle. Then at Continuent, Inc and currently at VMware through a merge. I am active member of the MySQL community and long timer open source enthusiast. During the past decades I have worked in various IT related fields, with focus on databases, object oriented programming, system administration, quality assurance. Fluent in Italian, English, Perl, Python, SQL, Spanish, C, Bash, and good speaker of C , French, Java. I work in cyberspace, with a virtual team.
  • Database Architect , Chegg.com
    Chris has been a long time MySQL community member and evangelist. Through his career he has designed, implemented and maintained small to large scale MySQL installations while building and mentoring database teams. Chris currently works at Chegg.com as a database architect where he is exploring the capabilities and migration path of Amazon Aurora.
  • Lead Database Administrator , Wellcentive, Inc.
    John Scott is a 16 year technology veteran in southeastern startup businesses. He has served critical systems and database administration roles in Broadband, Internet Security, VoIP Telephony, Data Center Services, and Healthcare Information Technology. Notable companies include SecureWorks, Digium (the Asterisk Company), and Peak 10. He currently serves as the Lead Database Administrator for Wellcentive, the leader in Population health management.
  • System Architect , Confluent
    Gwen Shapira has 15 year experience in database engineering. Working with Oracle, MySQL and recently Hadoop. Gwen enjoys sharing her knowledge at her blog, on twitter and by speaking at conferences. She's a co-author of the book Hadoop Applications Architectures.
  • Database Architect and Engineer , Verizon
    Shivinder has been in the wireless industry for the past seven years. He has worked extensively in designing highly scalable and highly available multi-site applications for Tier-1 applications on technology platforms such as Oracle, Sun Directory Server, and MySQL for major wireless carriers in the US.
  • Sr Engineering Manager , Twitter
    Calvin Sun is senior engineering manager at Twitter, managing MySQL development. Prior to that, he managed the InnoDB team at Oracle. Calvin also worked for MySQL Inc. from 2006 to 2008, managing MySQL storage engines development. He has over 15+ years of database development experience.
  • MySQL Product Manager , Oracle
    Morgan works on the product management team at Oracle, and is responsible for the MySQL Server.
  • CEO , Percona
    Peter co-founded Percona in 2006, assuming the role of CEO. Percona helps companies of all sizes maximize their success with MySQL. Percona was named to the Inc. 5000 in 2013. Peter was an early employee at MySQL AB, eventually leading the company’s High Performance Group. A serial entrepreneur, Peter co-founded his first startup while attending Moscow State University where he majored in Computer Science. As CEO of Percona, Peter enjoys mixing business leadership with hands on technical expertise. Peter is co-author of High Performance MySQL published by O’Reilly, one of the most popular books on MySQL performance. Peter blogs regularly on Percona Database Performance Blog and speaks frequently at conferences. Peter lives in North Carolina with his wife and two children. In his spare time, Peter enjoys travel and spending time outdoors.