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Seattle User Group Thoughts and Fall Opportunities

Last Thursday was the first in-person Seattle Postgres Users Group meetup since early 2020. We didn’t formally track attendee companies, but I recall having Apple, AWS, Fred Hutch, Google, Microsoft and OtterTune all represented. Besides the presentation about performance, we also had pizza and drinks and a book table. I happily loaned out my copy of Peter Neumann’s book “Computer-Related Risks” to someone who thought it sounded like an interesting and fun read. 🙂

While in-person activities were paused for a few years, Lloyd and I spent some time thinking about the goals and the future of this Seattle user group. We ran a member survey. We met up a couple times for working sessions on future plans. (We may have also sampled some meat and cheese from Lloyd’s smoker.)

We have a lot in the works.

I’m most excited for a possible collaboration with the computer science department of a local university – because it includes opportunities this fall for anyone who works with tech in the Seattle area.

We started last Thursday’s meetup with an announcement about those opportunities and with some thoughts about the user group in general. Here’s a recording (it’s less than 10 minutes):

Here’s a link to an online “interest sign-up form” for the fall 2023 meetup opportunities. It’s not a commitment; it just tells Lloyd and I that you’re interested so we can follow up when it’s closer to fall.

Please consider signing up!!

Looking Forward

I mentioned that Lloyd and I spent some time thinking about the goals and the future of the Seattle Postgres Users Group. Here are a few of the ideas that we’ve come up with.

On a side note, if anyone knows about interesting or innovative ideas that other user groups (of any flavor) have come up with, please share – I’d love to compare notes and swap ideas! Organizing user groups and keeping them running is hard work. Oh and make sure tell your local user group organizers that you appreciate the work they do!

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