Pens, Candy, Tote Bags, and Beyond

By Tom Caldecott

Recapping Some Oracle OpenWorld Tchotchkes and Booth Fun Favorites

Yes, Oracle OpenWorld is a must-attend technology event, where one can learn about Oracle and partner solutions to enhance business. Another great reason to attend? To visit the massive, sold-out Exhibition Halls for tchotchkes and booth fun. Here's a recap of all the great goodies, giveaways, and activities in case you missed any.

As always, there were pens, buttons, t-shirts, tote bags, rocket footballs, squeeze toys, and candy--lots of candy. In Moscone West, Application Security, Inc. offered sumo t-shirts and a chance to have a photo taken with sumo great (in size and reputation) Yamamotoyama. The world’s largest sumo wrestler, weighing in at 600 lbs., helped to promote the database security company’s solutions. Booth visitors could also try their hand and foot and body at sumo wrestling by attempting to move Yamamotoyama a micron or two. Also in Moscone West, the company Panaya had a target game with stuffed animal and remote helicopter prizes. According to a Panaya representative, the game proved to be a strong lead generator, with many prizes given and potential customer names collected.

In Moscone South, the “Cognizant Challenge” was a hit. Participants stepped on a Steelcase Walkstation, answered some questions, and had the opportunity to quality for a drawing to win…yes, a Steelcase Walkstation, combining a worksurface and treadmill. What were the question topics? Cognizant, Oracle, and general knowledge, including music and television trivia such as identifying the three tenors and naming the longest-running television show (Hint: Homer). Near the back of Moscone South, Dun and Bradstreet offered a slot machine game with prizes including Starbucks gift cards.

Golf lovers could putter around at the Golf Experience, sponsored by Fujitsu, and partner booths in Moscone West and Moscone South. What about air hockey? Or course, at the Game Zone, sponsored by Avaya, in Moscone South. And there were beautiful cars to view and dream about, including a Lamborghini at Nimbus Data’s booth in Moscone South, as well as Tesla models in Retail Row.

Oh, and next year, don’t forget to save some room among the pens, rocket footballs, and candy in your tote bag for product literature and business cards.

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I heard about Panaya from other OOW'13 attendees but couldn't manage to visit their booth. Can any one share further insight about their products? Particularly, we would be interested to hear from Oracle's EBS customers about their experience with Panaya.

Please do share if there is any authentic community for Panaya so we may collaborate with other EBS/Panaya customers.

Posted by guest on November 09, 2013 at 05:11 PM PST #

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