Tuesday, 24 March 2009

MySQL Campus Tour 2009 -- aka Dups on Rails

Tomorrow, The Big Trek starts. Duleepa "Dups" Wijayawardhana will spend the time from then on until the MySQL Conference and Expo starts travelling by rail and bus all the way from home in Montreal to California. Hence the name "Dups on Rails". The purpose of the Big Trek is to talk about MySQL in Canadian and US universities. He'll also arrange MySQL Meetups and go on customer visits, as people ping him.

Towards the end of the trip, as we get closer to the User Conference, Dups won't be alone. His alter ego Colin Charles (yes, people do mix up Dups and Colin) will join him from 13 April onwards in Northern California. And at the same time, a parallel trek is started by Giuseppe Maxia an Sheeri K. Cabral, in Southern California.

The list of universities include Queens University, University of Western Ontario, Illinois Institute of Technology, Purdue University, University of San Francisco, Cal Poly, UCLA, UC Irvine, UC Berkeley, Stanford University and others. 

The most frequent topic Dups will speak about is "What the MySQL is this anyway?". However, I can assure you that his attempt is not to turn our product into a swear word.

The exact venues and times are documented in detail on http://forge.mysql.com/wiki/MySQL_Campus_Tour_2009 in Forge Wiki.

And, if you want a picture of Dups on Rails, do take a look at Dups's own blog entry on the subject. 

BTW, I just joined Dups's Campus Tour Facebook group and encourage those interested in meeting Dups to do the same!

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