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September 2, 2008

MySQL Conference & Expo Opens Call for Participation

MySQL Conference & Expo Opens Call for Participation
Open Source and Database Enthusiasts Gather to Work/Learn Together

Sebastopol, CA--O'Reilly Media has opened the Call for Participation for the 2009 MySQL Conference & Expo, scheduled for April 20-23, in Santa Clara, California. Conference program chair Colin Charles and the program committee invite proposals for conference sessions, panel discussions, and tutorials. More than 2,000 attendees are expected to participate in over 120 sessions at next year's event.

Proposals can be submitted here: http://en.oreilly.com/mysql2009/public/cfp/38. The deadline runs through October 22, 2008.

Co-presented by O'Reilly Media and Sun Microsystems, the MySQL Conference & Expo is the largest gathering of MySQL developers, users, and DBAs worldwide. The event reflects MySQL's wide-ranging appeal and capabilities. The open atmosphere of the MySQL Conference & Expo helps IT professionals and community members create the best database applications, tools, and software through expert instruction, hands-on tutorials, and interaction with readily available MySQL developers. Users gain the knowledge they need to rapidly build solid applications with MySQL that scale with the enterprise. New to the 2009 program will be MySQLCamp, a place where any and all participants can create an "unconference" within the larger event.

MySQL Conference & Expo 2009 is organized around and invites proposals for the following database tracks:

The hot topics emerging for 2009 include:

Now in its seventh year, MySQL Conference & Expo offers attendees more than 120 sessions on multiple tracks encompassing a wide range of skill levels; in-depth tutorials to help develop technical skills and learn new tricks; and inspirational keynote presentations that describe the future of software and the evolution of open source in the enterprise and beyond. Attendees will also experience the gathering of over 2,000 MySQL developers, gurus, experts, and users under one roof; an Expo Hall featuring dozens of the latest tools and products from third party vendors, which will include a DotOrg Pavilion showcasing community projects; the opportunity to become MySQL Certified; the new MySQLCamp; and fun evening events such as Birds of a Feather sessions and plenty of networking opportunities.

Past sponsors included Kickfire, Zmanda, Continuent, EDS, JasperSoft, Sun Microsystems, Symantec, XAware, DataDirect Technologies, Dolphin Interconnect Solutions, Hewlett Packard, Infobright, Linagora, Microsoft, OpSource, Innobase/Oracle, Pentaho, R1Soft, Redhat, and Ticketmaster.

Proposals will be accepted through October 22, 2008, and early registration for attendees and media will open in December 2008.

For more information on MySQL Conference & Expo, visit:
http://mysqlconf.com

If you have ideas about areas you'd like to see included at the conference, send a note to:
mysql-idea@oreilly.com.

If you'd like to stay up to date on information relating to MySQL Conference & Expo, sign up for the conference newsletter (login required) at:
http://elists.oreilly.com

View selected presentations from MySQL Conference & Expo 2008 at:
http://en.oreilly.com/mysql2008/public/schedule/proceedings

To see articles, blogs, and other coverage of last year's event, visit:
http://en.oreilly.com/mysql2008/public/content/news-coverage

For a look at photos from MySQL Conference & Expo 2008, see:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/x180/sets/72157604536069546

For information about sponsorship and exhibit opportunities at MySQL Conference & Expo, contact:
Sharon Cordesse at 707.827.7065 or scordesse@oreilly.com.

If you would like to discuss forming a media or promotional partnership with O'Reilly for an upcoming event, contact:
mediapartners@oreilly.com.

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