Today, on the first day of 2020, I am looking back at 2019 – what an amazing year it was for me! Here is what I am especially happy and proud about:
- Undiubtfully, the most outstanding professional recognition I ever received was my ITA Technologist of the year award. What made it especially significant for me was the fact that I ended up being the first female ever receiving this award.
- After three years of rejections, I finally have another paper accepted for the academic conference. I will be presenting at SOFSEM 2020 in Cyprus
- I ran a full-day training for the first time in my life, at 2Q PG Conf in Chicago. That was way more work than I initially thought, but I am pleased with the outcome.
- Also for the first time, I was a part of the talk selection committee (for the same conference)
- It was also a fantastic year for the Chicago PUG. We are now the third-largest PUG in the Western Hemisphere, and I can’t wrap my head around it. When did it happen?! I am so thankful for all of the Chicago PUG members who were attending our meetups this year! Huge thank you for all the speakers, who made our year so memorable, especially our November Meetup!
- Last but not least: it is my fourth year at Braviant Holdings, and this is the first time in my life I can design and build the system from scratch, the way I believe is right, and to prove that it is indeed the right way – works as expected 🙂 Also, I am working with the most wonderful team ever.
The only thing I can wish for myself in 2020 – for things to continue to be as good as they are. Also, I have two announcements to make.
- For those of you who wanted to attend my training but didn’t get a chance – I will do it again in New York at the end of March. More details to come, stay tuned.
- I am looking for ways to further improve Chicago PUG meetups. Some people expressed a desire to have “PG lunches” in addition to the evening meetups. If you are interested and want/can help with the organization – please reach out to me!
One more time, big thank you to everybody: my co-workers, my managers, Chicago PUG, and Postgres community at large – nothing would happen without your continuous support!