Oracle OpenWorld Unconference: Wow!

OK, so let's be honest: this is the last thing you'd expect from Oracle. Nevertheless, it's true; an unconference will be running in parallel to the official show agenda. (See the official OTN page for Oracle OpenWorld; and RSVP at upcoming!)

If this term is unfamiliar to you, an unconference is simply a crowd-driven event, in which the attendees create their own session agenda. This concept turns the old editorial model, in which a panel of "experts" determines what the audience's interests will be, on its head (where it is now spending most of its time).

What a perfect complement to Oracle OpenWorld! In addition to drinking the official conference Kool-Aid (which is why you pay a registration fee, isn't it?), you can also create and imbibe your own OpenWorld content cocktail. Quite a tasty combination!

The unconference will run on Monday Nov 12 through Wednesday Nov 14 from 2-6 pm, and on Thursday Nov 15 from 2-5 pm. If you wish to present on a topic that interests you, sign up at the Moscone West 3rd Floor Overlooks - but do it early (Sunday or Monday), because slots are limited. (Note that each day is devoted to a general category--Database, Middleware/Tools, Apps, Anything Goes--in order to ensure a nice diversity of topics.)

Then, just show up with your laptop at the appointed time and place (whiteboards, projectors, and screens will be provided) and start talking! Audience participation/interaction is encouraged. Needless to say, we'll be documenting the action via blog, audio, and video.

This is simply excellent news from the OTN perspective. In addition to throwing the traditional OTN Night party and offering the OTN Lounge as an official community meet-up place (T-shirts, software/content CDs, games, doughnuts, and energy drinks provided), we are simply thrilled that we can help bring you literally into the conference agenda as active participants.

Comments:

Nice one! I *really* like this idea.

Posted by Doug Burns on September 16, 2007 at 09:20 PM PDT #

Good idea! Have to check it out.

Posted by Patrick Wolf on September 16, 2007 at 10:34 PM PDT #

I love the idea, so much that I had started a group on the OW social network site to put one together before the actual show. Now I saved a lot of my time ;-). Justin, if you want someone to manage the social network side of it i.e. pushing scheduled through twitter or a wiki of the events that people can publish to or the tags people should use on flickr for pictures let me know. I'd be more than happy to help out. Matt

Posted by Matt Topper on September 17, 2007 at 12:39 AM PDT #

What an awesome idea! Too bad I won't make it but that's not the last one. Right? ;-)

Posted by Alex Gorbachev on September 17, 2007 at 05:44 AM PDT #

Nice job, we are in our second year of them with SDN and the community love it! Some more than others but all in all it's a great time! Lessons learned from our side that you might be interested in: with a global community some areas expect to see something "before" hand so pre-planning some sessions is always good to start things flowing. If you do pre-plan I suggest printing those out and sticking them on your board of sessions in a moveable fashion like a magnet or velcro or something so you can easily rearrange - hand writing everything in is the pits. Again a matter of how much you pre-plan, in the US we could get away with very little pre-planned ones but other locations look for the content sometimes. Be curious to hear how it goes so looking forward to the next blog. Craig

Posted by Craig Cmehil on September 17, 2007 at 12:24 PM PDT #

We're excited! Given the immense attendance (40K expected) we most likely will not accept pre-conference sign-ups. As I said we will be documenting this as it occurs.

Posted by Justin Kestelyn on September 18, 2007 at 02:02 AM PDT #

Look forward to following the progress - exciting times to be in the Enterprise arena I think.

Posted by Craig Cmehil on September 18, 2007 at 09:16 AM PDT #

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