Strangers in Paradise

A Guest Post from OTN Community Evangelist Justin Kestelyn

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Today's guest post comes from Justin Kestelyn, Community Evangelist for the Oracle Technology Network. You can keep up with OTN happenings on his TechBlog, but today Justin wanted to highlight what OTN is doing at Oracle OpenWorld 2009.

Sure, Oracle OpenWorld is geek paradise--you could literally acquire a PhD in "Oracle studies" there if you had the time--but there's more to paradise than eternal knowledge.

Oracle OpenWorld is also your best opportunity to meet, network, and interact with your peers and colleagues in a relaxed, informal setting where you can share and discuss what you learned. And that setting is provided, as always, by Oracle Technology Network, the world's largest community of developers, admins, and architects.

For example, at the Oracle Technology Network Lounge (Moscone West, Third Floor), you can prepare for your day with an espresso along with Oracle ACEs from around the world. (At Oracle OpenWorld, the OTN Lounge is ground central for Oracle ACE meetups.) If you need a pick-me-up in the afternoon, stop by for an energy drink and snack. At the end of the day, join us for a beer.

It's not all about free beverages though. Visitors will also get a free commemorative T-shirt, free Oracle software, and other schwag that you won't find anywhere else at the show. We're also giving away books and gadgets in daily raffles.

Furthermore, between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, you can meet and interact with the people we call OTN's Heavy Hitters--Oracle employee luminaries who are known worldwide for their expertise, as well as their willingness to share it.

If you want to start your Oracle OpenWorld experience with a bang, the annual OTN Night party, igniting this year under the Howard St. tent on Monday from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m., will deliver by serving up food, drinks, a DJ dance floor, and a friendly game of Oracle Jeopardy. For people who like to mix their partying with Linux, the Oracle-on-Linux Experience demo-fest will occur concurrently in the nearby Yerba Buena Room--with demos of "the cool stuff" and Q&A with Wim Coekaerts, Oracle's VP of Linux Engineering.

Finally, for people looking for a yet more personal experience and opportunity to interact, the Oracle OpenWorld Unconference (brought to you by OTN) offers the ability to design and present your very own technical session. Sign up now for your session on the Unconference wiki, or sign up in person on the whiteboard next to the OTN Lounge.

All in all, Oracle OpenWorld is not just about learning; it's also about sharing what you've learned. The Oracle Technology Network team tries to make that process not only easier, but also a lot more fun.

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