Got a question about Coalesce 2020? Start here

In the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing updates about the dbt community’s first conference, Coalesce! :tada:

We know that in a digital world, you already have lots of information coming at you. Details and logistics can be confusing, and it’s easy to get lost. We want you to feel supported throughout this conference experience and comfortable reaching out for help.

So, we created this post to provide answers to your questions about Coalesce.

Here’s how this works:

  • Review the list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) below, before asking a question or making a comment
  • Submit a response by replying to this post. We’ll answer in 2-3 business days and add your question to the FAQ

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If you’d like to reach out to us directly, feel free to email

Coalesce FAQ

1. What is Coalesce?
Coalesce 2020 is a dbt community event dedicated to advancing the practice of analytics engineering. You can find more general information about the event on the website.

2. When is Coalesce happening?
The event is taking place from December 7-11, 2020 and each day will be hosted by a local company and cater to a different time zone:

  • December 7: Pre-Event
  • December 8: East Coast (EST)
  • December 9: West Coast (PST)
  • December 10: London (GMT)
  • December 11: Sydney (AEDT)

3. Who is organizing Coalesce?
The event is hosted by the folks from Fishtown Analytics, makers of dbt.

4. Who should come to Coalesce?
Analytics engineers, data engineers and data analysts spending their days working in the modern data stack. All members of the dbt community!

5. How do I register for the event?
You can register for the event here.

6. Will registration be by day/time zone?
You’ll register for the entire event here and once the agenda is live, you’ll be able to add specific sessions to your calendar (in your time zone).

7. Where is the schedule?
We’re currently working on putting together the agenda. Details about speakers and sessions will be added to the website soon.

8. Where is Coalesce happening?
The live conference will happen on Crowdcast and specific conversations will be moderated on dbt Slack.

9. Why is Coalesce happening?
Read thoughts from Fishtown Analytics Founder & CEO, Tristan Handy.

10. Why should I attend?
At Coalesce, you’ll get a chance to:

  • Meet a global network of analytics engineering professionals
  • Connect with the people behind everyday analytics tools
  • Make real connections
  • Meet analytics engineer talent & hiring managers
  • Join curated conversations with VIPs

11. How do I become a speaker?
Pitch a talk in our Call for Speakers! Submissions are due on September 30, 2020.

12. How do I become a partner?
Send an email to and we’ll put you in touch with our Head of Alliances.

13. What are Coalesce content guidelines?
We’re looking for speakers who have put careful thought into getting the fundamentals right. In other words, talks that we can all apply to get better at analytics engineering today vs. talks highlighting outlying technical wizardry.

Here’s a good guiding question to ask yourself: What is something I’m working on/have worked on recently that I’m proud of and might be valuable for other members in the community?

Talks should fall (roughly) into these buckets:

  • Data transformation: Marketing attribution in dbt, Kimball for dbt, structuring your dbt project, writing better SQL
  • Data testing: building trust, testing with macros, testing culture
  • Deployment: deployment best practices, tools, deploying with Airflow
  • Documentation: impact of good documentation, tools, self-service culture
  • The modern data stack: choosing the right tools, managing warehouse migrations
  • The modern data team: hiring and developing talent, improving cross-team collaboration

14. What should I do to prepare for the event?

15. How do I create a Crowdcast profile?

  • Register for Coalesce first
  • Navigate to the event page on Crowdcast page (after registering, the prompts should lead you there)
  • With your cursor, hover over the sandwich menu in the upper left corner
  • Once the left-sidebar menu pops up, click your name at the bottom
  • Click the “edit” button
  • Update your name
  • Add a profile photo
  • Add a username
  • Write a short bio — We suggest adding your name, pronouns, company and the easiest way to reach you (i.e. email and/or linkedin url)
  • Add a location

16. Will sessions be recorded?
Yes! Session will be available on Crowdcast once complete and uploaded to the conference website by December 18, 2020.

17. Are beginners welcome?
Yes! But some sessions may not be beginner friendly. Once the agenda is live, the session descriptions will share details on target audience.