How to Win a Free Ride into Space

Monday is technically "Industry Day" at OOW, but you could justifiably call it "Developer Day" as well, for this main reason:

Oracle has announced the launch of the Oracle Space Sweepstakes, which aims, believe it or not, to put a developer into space (well, 62 miles above the Earth anyway, which is close enough to being "space" for me) on a Space Adventures (http://spaceadventures.com) suborbital space flight. In fact, a concept model of the vehicle involved, which is similar to the X-Plane you've probably heard about, is on display in the Exhibition Hall -- right next to the bar.

Here's how it works (this copy comes straight from the promo materials):

"After you register, you�ll have the chance to download Oracle development tools, such as Oracle JDeveloper 10g and Oracle BPEL Process Manager, and learn from the associated tutorial. Successfully complete a quiz based on the tutorial to receive an entry into the sweepstakes (one entry per quiz, per person). Every month through May 2005, you can take a new quiz based on a new tutorial. (Refer to the Official Rules for details.) In June 2005, a random drawing from among all the eligible entries will determine the winner of the Grand Prize. We�ll also be awarding two Mac PowerBook G4s, five 20GB Apple iPods, and ten Star Wars Trilogy DVDs. Along the way, we�ll be giving away an additional iPod each month while the sweepstakes are running."

The reaction of most people upon hearing this news has been a stunned "Are you serious? Wow...." Register yourself at www.oracle.com/space.

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