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SQLite: What is it and why did it do so well?

Richard Hipp, SQLite creator, Duke CS Alumnus, entrepreneur and software developer
Wednesday, February 14, 2024
3:05 pm - 4:15 pm
Richard Hipp
Distinguished Computer Science Alumni Lecture

Announcing the revival of the Duke Distinguished Computer Science Alumni Lecture series! In this series, we invite you to join students in Professor Owen Astrachan's CS 342 class for discussions with Duke Computer Science alumni about their careers and expertise. After the talk, enjoy a reception with refreshments while you network with students and alumni.

This is a free, in-person session, but registration is required:
• Current Duke students, register on Handshake at
• Alumni and everyone else, register on TicketTailor at
• Zoom live stream, register on TicketTailor at

Richard Hipp is an entrepreneur and software developer who received his PhD from Duke CS. He leads a small international team of programmers who manage and support various open source software projects including SQLite, Fossil, Pikchr, and Althttpd. Hipp is most famous as the creator of SQLite, an embedded SQL database engine that is heavily used in almost all modern electronic gadgets. Hipp has received multiple awards for SQLite and has been invited to speak about SQLite at universities and research centers around the world, including Google, Microsoft, Huawei, MIT, Harvard, NYU, CMU, IIT Kharagpur, and Polytechnika Gdanska.

Hipp is married to noted musician and educator Ginger Wyrick and lives in Charlotte, NC.

Contact: Amy Peters