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Date & Time: January 17, 2024, from  5:00 PM – 8:30 PM ( UK Time)
Location: Cathedral view, London

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  • 5:00 – 5:30 PM – Networking
  • 5:45 – 6:15 PM – Brian Walters – DistributedSQL, What it is and why it’s relevant?
  • 6:15 – 6:40 PM – Leandro Morgado – The Paranoid TiDB Version Upgrader’s Guide
  • 6:40 – 7:00 PM – BREAK
  • 7:00 – 7:30 PM – Ben Gamble – Maintaining Transactions Across Systems with Kafka ( a walk through now to build distributed transactional systems)
  • 7:30 – 8:00 PM – Stanley Chukwuemeke – Overview of Amazon Open Source Relational Database Services and Key Features
  • 8:00 – 8:30 PM – Networking and Q&A

Whether you’re a seasoned database professional, a developer curious about the latest trends, or a business leader exploring innovative solutions, this event promises to be an enlightening experience. Join us as we unravel the possibilities of Distributed SQL and Relational Databases and embark on a journey towards a more scalable, resilient, and efficient data management future.


Brian Walters, Leandro Morgado, Ben Gamble, Stanley Chukwuemeke

Brian Walters, Head of Solutions Engineering at PingCAP, over 25 years of experience in the database technology space
With more than half his career in customer-facing Solutions Engineering roles, Brian has dedicated himself to a focus on large-scale database technologies. Brian has extensive background on both open source and commercial database platforms from his roles at companies like PingCAP, MongoDB, Percona, Oracle, and Teradata. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership and currently leads the North American Solutions Engineering group at PingCAP.

Leandro Morgado, Senior DBRE at Bolt
Leandro is a Senior Database Reliability Engineer at Bolt, where he is responsible for the availability, performance, and security of the company’s MySQL and TiDB databases. He is a seasoned “Unixy” engineer with over 15 years of experience in the MySQL ecosystem. He has worked in a variety of roles, including web hosting, MySQL support, and database consulting. His previous experience includes working at Rackspace, Sun/Oracle, and Pythian.

Ben Gamble, Enterprise Solution Lead at Aiven
A long builder of games, simulations, and collaborative user experiences, Ben has previously built a global logistics company, Large scale online games and Augmented reality apps. Ben currently works at Aiven, leading a team of advocates making open source data tools accessible for everyone.

Stanley Chukwuemeke, Sr. Partner Solutions Architect at AWS
Sr. Partner Solutions Architect – Databases where he helps AWS partners & customers migrate and modernize their data(base) on the AWS cloud by leveraging the AWS purpose-built data stores, analytics & AI/ML. Outside of work, Stan likes to spend time with his family-wife and 2 boys, traveling around the world and watching Manchester United Football games.

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