March 19, 2008
Visionary Keynote Speakers Announced for MySQL Conference & Expo 2008
Sun's Jonathan Schwartz and MySQL's Marten Mickos
to Kick Off the World’s Largest Open Source Database Event
Sebastopol, CA -- February 21, 2008 -- The sixth annual MySQL Conference &
Expo, co-presented by MySQL AB and O'Reilly Media, is expected to bring
together 2,000 open source and database users from some of the most
exciting and fastest-growing companies in the world, as well as from the
large and active MySQL community. The conference will take place April
14-17, 2008, in Santa Clara, California.
To register and learn about early registration discounts, please visit
MySQL AB CEO Marten Mickos and Jonathan Schwartz, president and CEO of Sun
Microsystems, will kick off the conference with keynotes highlighting the
strategic, technical and community synergies between the two companies and
their pending merger. Mickos' annual "State of the Dolphin" address is
always thought-provoking for corporate customers, open source developers
and MySQL ecosystem partners alike. Schwartz will be speaking on "Open
Source: The Heart of the Network Economy" -- how free software and open
communities like MySQL are the lifeblood of network innovation. Tuesday's
other keynote will be Werner Vogels, CTO of Amazon.com, who will speak
about distributed computing in the modern Internet era.
Additional conference keynotes include:
- Jacek Becla, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, "The Science and Fiction
of Petascale Analytics"
Scientists are trying to understand dark matter, discover distant
galaxies, hunt for the Higgs boson, detect asteroids, and take movies of
molecules. Their science is fascinating, but their analysis requirements
may seem like science fiction. Few have experienced the reality of
petascale analytics so far, but everybody will face it tomorrow. Are we
- Rick Falkvinge, Swedish Pirate Party, "Copyright Regime vs. Civil
Falkvinge will discuss the rise and success of pirates and why pirates are
necessary in today's politics. He'll also outline the next steps in the
pirates' strategy to change global copyright laws.
- Dick Hardt, Sxip, "Who is the Dick on My Site?"
Much of the data in a database is about people. Identity 2.0 technologies
will lower the friction for people to provide and easily move data about
themselves online. This fast paced keynote will offer a background on
Identity 2.0, discuss current roadblocks and future opportunities, and
explore the potential impacts these will have on databases.
Other keynote presenters on the agenda include Raj Cherabuddi of Silicon
Query and Chander Kant from Zmanda.
The additional 100-plus conference sessions and tutorials will be geared
toward a variety of skill levels and company size, all designed to help
attendees rapidly build scalable online database applications with MySQL.
The four full days of keynotes, sessions, tutorials, and social networking
events will allow participants to learn and share MySQL database knowledge
in a relaxed, enthusiastic atmosphere.
Attendees can also expect a world-class Expo Hall, featuring dozens of the
latest database tools, products, and services from conference sponsors and
exhibitors -- including: Zmanda, Silicon Query, Continuent, Jaspersoft,
Sun Microsystems, XAware, DataDirect, Dolphin Interconnect Solutions, HP
Invent, Infobright, Linagora, Microsoft, OpSource, Oracle/Innobase,
Pentaho, R1Soft, Ticketmaster, XAMPP, Apache Friends, Entrance, Etelos,
Facebook, Google, Kirix, Melissa Data, Memcached, MindTouch, mojoPortal,
O'Reilly Media, OpenMRS, Phorum, phpMyAdmin, Talend, PHPWomen.org,
ScaleDB, SilverStripe, Sphinx, Symfony Project, Talend, and Tokutek.
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