In Search of Cool Stuff

The Quest to Find Unique Giveaways and Prizes

By Michael Kure 

I just finished reading The Lost City of Z by David Grann, and as I was navigating through the crowded aisles of the Exhibition Halls in search of cool stuff,  I could not help but feel a bit like the book’s protagonist, Sir Percy Fawcett, and his ill-fated quest to find the fabled lost city. Well, maybe that’s a bit of an overstatement.  The fact is, it doesn't take much perseverance to find some cool booths with hot giveaways and raffle prizes.

Let’s start in Moscone West. Walking through aisle 3300, you can find one booth offering, not one, but three giveaways—a t-shirt, mobile phone stand, and a unique mug. Over in 3400, a fully-loaded wine picnic basket is available via raffle, and down 3500, you can’t miss the glossy black Sym scooter on display and up for grabs to one lucky winner. Then, one aisle over, you will find a pair of flight attendants touting high-end merchandise such as their branded polo shirt and coffee mug, among others, all available through a prize draw at the end of the day.  

Exploring other aisles of Moscone West will reap more rewards such as pink and blue piggy banks, a remote-controlled Ferrari (toy version, of course), squeeze balls, and too much candy for your own good.

Not to be outdone, Moscone South is also dense with cool stuff.  In aisle 700, there is a poker table complete with dealer where two pairs will win you an attractive water bottle. A few aisles over in 300, a simple conversation will get you a classic brown coffee mug. And , as the San Francisco weather cools down, you can keep your head warm with a red baseball hat available in aisle 900.

Speaking of which, as you cruise down aisle 2500, you will discover an oasis of Oracle Team USA gear ready to buy and wear. There are additional treasures to be had if your poor feet can stand it, such as a squishy sushi shrimp from aisle 1500 or an SD card from aisle 2500.

As for me, I am looking forward to exploring more undiscovered territory at Oracle OpenWorld.  But I’ll wait until tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 25 is the last day the Exhibition Halls are open, so be sure to spend time there learning from Oracle partners ... and getting some cool free stuff. 


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