OOW09 – Tradition EditionPosted: September 9, 2009
This year will be my third time I’m attending Oracle Open World. When you do something every year for 3 years in a row, you develop few traditions around it.
Even though I know I always have an amazing time there, I’m always worried before. I remember the commute, and the fatigue and the boring marketing contents. Somehow the memories of great discussions in the OTN lounge with amazing people are less vivid. So being anxious before is definitely a tradition.
Some traditions do not continue – this year there seem to be no blogger meeting. I guess I’ll need to be a bit more proactive about meeting my online colleagues. Like, email everyone to check if they will attend OOW and ask if they want to date me 🙂 You can also leave a comment here if you want to hang out together.
A tradition I hope not to continue is over-scheduling sessions. I looked for presenters I know, especially those I enjoyed in previous years. Some Streams and RAC 11gr2 sessions, to make sure I keep on top of my favorite technologies. I made it a habit to attend “Current Trends in Real World Performance” session – it is consistently the most enlightening session in OpenWorld. I’ll probably rewrite my schedule few times before the conference, and few times a day during the conference. Thats traditional too.
I’m excited to continue the tradition (started last year) of giving an Unconference session at OpenWorld. Last year was my first ever Oracle presentation – I gave a live demo of streams configuration and troubleshooting. It was wonderful. This year I feel like a veteran presenter – I gave 4 presentations at conferences in the last year. I am going to talk about graphical methods (under the sexy name – visualization). To be honest, I still don’t know what exactly I’ll talk about. I have lots of ideas – using charts to explore the data and solve problems, using charts to prove a point in reports and presentations, how not to lie or confuse when charting data. I plan for lots of examples. I’m looking forward to cooking all these ingredients into one delicious presentation.
I’m presenting on Monday, 4pm – looking forward to see you all there, because meeting amazing people is my favorite OOW tradition.