Ooh! I’m going to OOW!Posted: November 8, 2007
Just like every DBA, next week I’ll be at the Oracle Open World convention up in San Francisco.
Unlike most DBAs, I’m much more anxious about it. Well, its my first time in a convention of any sort, so I’m having a difficult time choosing between all the events – with so many presentations, keynotes, unconference meetings, no slide talks, and parties, I’ve no idea what I should be doing and where to turn my attention. I’d say that I feel like a kid in a candy store, but this is so much more intense.
What’s more, there are a bunch of people I’d like to meet – bloggers that I like reading, and the nice people who read my blog. I’ve no idea how to go about it, though. There are supposed to be some 50,000 people at the conference, and I have about 10 readers, so that totally rules out random meetings. Arranging a meeting seems a bit pretentious though. But I’m more worried about meeting the bloggers that I love reading. I mean, I can probably go up to Kevin Closson after his lecture and tell him that I love his blog, but isn’t it a bit too much of a fan boy thing?
And then there is the network thing. Everyone is telling me that the most important part in the conference is networking. Thats great, but I’ve no clue how to go about it. Should I keep talking to random people and give them my business card, or is there more scientific approach to it?
Worrying all the time and over planning everything are great traits for a production DBA. But few days before my first conference, I wish I could have been a bit more like that developer I’m working with, the one who didn’t register to any session and is planning to just show up one morning and wing it. Conferences really shouldn’t be so damn complicated.