Call for Papers

General Information

PGDay Chicago will be held on April 26th, 2024, in Chicago, IL at Convene. It will cover topics for PostgreSQL users, developers and contributors, as well as decision and policy makers. For more information about the conference, please see About.

Please note that PGDay Chicago is open to all audiences and ages. All talks are expected to be appropriate for a diverse group. Please see our Conference Policies and feel free to contact the Committee with any questions.

Important Dates

The submission deadline for regular sessions is January 15th, 2024.

The conference committee will review proposals and notify selected speakers by January 29th, 2024.

The final schedule will be published nearer to the conference dates.

All selected speakers will get free entry to the conference. We do not in general cover travel and accommodations for speakers, but may be able to do that in limited cases. If you require assistance with funding to be able to attend, please make a note of this in the Submission Notes field.


Speaker Profile

Talk Submission

Detailed Instructions

The first step to submit your proposal is to set up, or review for returning speakers, your speaker profile here. This system uses the PostgreSQL Community Auth system (the same system used by the PostgreSQL wiki, CommitFest, and Log in to the system with your PostgreSQL Community Auth credentials. Please note that while this is the same code, the speaker profiles are not shared between and

Once you've created your profile, this page will provide a link to a form where you can submit your talks for PGDay Chicago. When the site prompts for a login, use your regular community account. Should you already have your speaker profile, you can go to the talk submission page directly here.

Lightning Talks

The PGDay Chicago 2024 schedule is live and we’re really excited about it, but the best news is that there’s still a chance for YOU to be on stage!

If you check out the schedule, you’ll notice we reserved a slot for lightning talks because we know how much everyone loves them. We also know how nerve-wracking it can be to sign up on the day and not know until the last minute whether or not you’ll be speaking, so we decided to launch a separate lightning talk CFP. Whether you’re a seasoned speaker or you’ve never been up on stage before, and whatever your Postgres use-case, we want to hear from you!

Submissions (max 1 per speaker, talk to be no longer than 5 minutes) should be sent by email to

The subject of your email should be your name followed by the title of the talk (e.g. “Slonik: What Elephants do for Fun”). The body of the email should contain a very short description of your talk (max 50 words)

We recommend you submit your lightning talk no later than Friday 12 April as that's when we'll do the first round of selections, with selected speakers notified by Friday 19 April. You can, however, submit your lightning talk right up until the day of the conference in case slots are still available.

Session Information

Each regular session will last 45 minutes, and may be on any topic related to PostgreSQL. Suggested topic areas include:

Of course, we're happy to receive proposals for talks on other PostgreSQL-related topics as well.

Talk Resources

Anyone interested in submitting a talk to PGDay Chicago is welcome to email us at at any time! Lightning talks can be submitted to We're happy to help with ideas, suggestions, or advice for any stage of the talk-creation process.

Here are some additional links and resources on writing and submitting a proposal, improving public speaking skills, creating a presentation, and more that may be helpful for prospective speakers:

Wondering what tools could be used to create your talk? Some popular (& free!) choices include: