This past summer a group of Oracle community leaders participated in the Oracle Groundbreakers Tour 2019 Latin America. Between August 2nd and August 26th that tour delivered technical sessions and more in 12 countries: Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Guatemala. My colleague and fellow community manager Javed Mohammed was along for most of the tour, shooting video and chatting up the tour participants.
Many of those LATAM tour organizers and presenters were in San Francisco recently for Oracle OpenWorld. Javed, being an extraordinarily friendly and generous guy, gathered several of the tour participants for lunch in one of his favorite Pakistani eateries, and asked them to talk about their experience on the tour. That conversation is captured in this podcast.
“I was amazed! I started in Santiago, Chile, and I finished in San Jose, Costa Rica, and one thing that impressed me about every place I visited was how well developed it was.”
“OpenWorld has a lot of new-features and marketing content that we don’t have in the LATAM tour. We have exclusively technical content.”
“We all live on the same continent, South America, but sometimes we feel like we live far apart. This tour allows us to meet developers and DBAs who speak the same language, and work with technologies together.”
“I did a workshop in Chile, then came with all the speakers to Uruguay. I convinced them — I don’t know how — to go directly from the airport to a winery. We spent the afternoon there.”
“Flying into Quito in August was so scary! It was so windy that the plane started to move from one side to the other. I thought it would be easier leaving. But it wasn’t!”
“Especially from the international speakers, we had a lot of proposals from Oracle ACEs, ACE Directors, Groundbreaker Ambassadors, and Java Champions. It was very interesting to have them share their knowledge with our attendees.”
“The community in Paraguay is very new, but were we really excited to have the tour. This is the third year, and we had the best audience and the best speakers.”
“I did the first part of the tour, traveling to Chile, Uruguay, and Argentina. We got a lot of attention from the local user groups in each country, and attendance was good.”
Oracle Groundbreaker Team Community Manager Bob Rhubart is the host/engineer/producer of the Oracle Groundbreaker Podcast, producer of the 2 Minute Tech Tip video series, hosts Groundbreaker Live interviews with technology experts recorded at Oracle Code, Oracle OpenWorld, and other events, writes a regular column for Oracle Magazine, and manages the ACES in Action blog.