How to Win a Free Ride into Space
By blogsadmin on Dec 05, 2004
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.