AMA with Monty

This video was presented at the MariaDB Server Fest, held online from 14-20 September 2020.

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In this Q&A session, Monty will be answering both questions submitted in advance by people that register, as well as selected live questions.


Michael “Monty” Widenius is the “spiritual father” of MariaDB, one of the original developers of MySQL, and a renowned advocate for the open source software movement. In addition to serving as CTO for the MariaDB Corporation, he is also a Founder and a board member of the MariaDB Foundation. He was a founder at SkySQL, and the CTO of MySQL AB until its sale to Sun Microsystems (now Oracle). Monty was also the founder of TCX DataKonsult AB, a Swedish data warehousing company. He is the co-author of the “MySQL Reference Manual” and was named Finnish Software Entrepreneur of the Year in 2003. In 2015, Monty was selected as one of the 100 most influential people in the Finnish IT market. Monty studied at Helsinki University of Technology and lives in Finland.

Date and time

  • Paris: Wednesday 16 September, 15.40 – 16.10 CEST (UTC +2)
  • New York: Thursday September 17: 15.05 – 15.35 / 3.05pm – 3.35pm EDT (UTC -4)
  • Beijing / Singapore: Saturday 19 September, 16.15 – 16.45 CST / SGT (UTC +8)