Feedback from Oracle OpenWorld 2007
By jack.flynn on Aug 05, 2008
How Your Opinions Shaped This Year's Conference
As part of Oracle OpenWorld 2007, we conducted extensive surveys of attendees. Your feedback provided valuable insight and greatly influenced how we designed Oracle OpenWorld 2008.
Here's a sampling of what we learned, and how it's making the difference for 2008.
71% of respondents expressed a preference for fewer keynotes as part of the overall formal agenda. We've reduced the number of keynotes and mapped them to focused content streams to help you spend your time where it means the most. See our post on Oracle OpenWorld Streams.
49% of respondents requested dedicated time in the formal agenda to visit the Exhibition Halls. This year we're providing greater access to the Exhibition Halls in two ways. First, we've extended the overall hours for the halls, so that they're open a total of 29 ½ hours during the conference. Second, we've set aside 3 hours of dedicated time—Tuesday and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
37% of respondents asked us to ensure that abstracts and information provided for the breakout sessions are accurate. This year we're streamlining our titles and abstracts to reduce the opportunities for error. We've also assigned two experienced editors to edit all first round materials and to vet any additions or changes.
57% of respondents asked for more emphasis on practical training and on tips and tricks within breakout sessions. This request has been submitted to the Oracle OpenWorld 2008 content committee to be addressed at this year's conference. We also gave you more control over session content in 2008 via submissions and voting in the Submit a Session program on Oracle Mix.
72% of respondents asked that we repeat breakout sessions that "sell out" due to popular demand. In response, we've set aside slots for this purpose. It's tricky to schedule sessions on the fly, but when we see a session filling up, we'll do our best to arrange a repeat performance.
As you can see, we take your feedback seriously, and it really does influence the conference. So be sure to participate in this year's survey—and of course, leave your comments and suggestions right here on the blog.