The Oracle Technology Network Tour 2013 has already started, bringing several Oracle and non-Oracle speakers to OUGs (Oracle User Groups) to countries across Latin America. You can check the official OTN Tour 2013 page of the tour to follow up with agenda, dates, speakers and other information. Last year I participated giving talks in Uruguay and Argentina about Oracle WebLogic 12c. That time, I had recently joined Oracle and didn't know much about it. But this year though, I wanted to do more.
Some facts about Latin America
Latin America includes all countries between Mexico and Argentina, most of them who speak Spanish, and where Brazil the only country that speaks Portuguese (not exactly like the one from Portugal, and definitely not like Spanish), and there are other languages too, like French (in French Guiana). These are also know as Romance languages, derived from latin. Spanish is the predominant language and that's why one of the challenges for me as a Product Manager and Java Evangelist here is to communicate with these countries, and taking Spanish classes is just part of the solution. Knowing details about each country and Spanish variations is the "advanced" step. In Mexico for example, chingar is one of these advanced things :-) But it must be used carefuly, for obvious reasons.
En Java EE 7, hay un chingo de nuevas APIs.
OUGs+JUGs = Bigger community working together
This tour is slightly different from previous years. There will be much more Java content than before, specially because of the Java EE 7 launch. And local JUGs were invited to join the OUGs that usually organize and coordinate each country. If you want to help, go to this post and provide contact information, for future events. OUGs and JUGs working together is quite a new thing, and I see it as a great thing!!
Countries for OTN Tour 2013
Here is the full agenda , and in bold where I start.
- Colombia, 07/12
- Ecuador, 07/15
- Guatemala, 07/17
- Panama, 07/22
- Costa Rica, 07/24
- Mexico, 07/26
- Chile, 08/01
- Peru, 08/03
- Uruguay, 08/05 - 08/06
- Argentina, 08/07 - 08/08
- Brazil, 08/10
Due to agenda and other conferences, I could not come to the first 3 countries, but I am already on the road to cover the rest, starting with Panama next Monday.
I proposed a few abstracts to OUGs/JUGs choose which could work best for each country, and here are the topics:
- GlassFish in Production Environments
- What WebLogic 12c Has To Offer to Boost Your Productivity
- What's new in Java EE 7
- Hands-on for Java EE 7
Photos and videos
I don't have a plan yet on how, when, or if even I will produce videos. But I brought my camera! Let's see how it goes.
If you want to follow my jorney, connect with my Twitter profile and/or the #OTNTour hashtag.
Join the Tour!!
PS: I will try to write a blog post per country, with pictures, and in the local language. :-)