ThatJeffSmith

Advice for Oracle Open World Attendees

Updated for 2011!

While I’m not going to Open World this year, I’ve never let a little thing like that keep me from giving someone my advice. Especially when it’s to strangers on the Internet!

If I were attending as a developer/DBA, here are the things I would be doing:

  • Put my Twitter handle on my name badge.
  • Taking the name badge off as soon as I leave the conference.
  • Plan for sessions in advance using the Schedule Builder
  • Only pack in carry-ons. You won’t want to be waiting at SFO for your bags.
  • Arrange for a car ASAP. Get out of town, or at least downtown. It’s a beautiful area.
  • Try to meet some people. Network. This is how jobs are filled, careers made.
  • Don’t miss the Unconference. Some of the best presentations are here.
  • If you’re a fan of swag, come early. Vendors will be giving away things like full gaming systems and the like.
  • Don’t be afraid to approach a vendor. We’re there to help, and also learn from you!
  • Don’t miss the after-parties. A great chance to do that networking stuff.
  • Join Twitter and follow the Open World hashtag, #oow11. You’ll be the first to know all the cool stuff.
  • Drink plenty of water, and wear comfortable shoes.
  • Don’t be afraid to approach the experts. They love meeting new people.
  • Stuff I learned in 2010

    • Find an expert to get you into the Oracle Closed World sessions. Held at the Thirsty Bear, smart people drink beer and and talk about all things Oracle
    • Queue up EARLY for the free concert, or take a cab.
    • Don’t spend too much time in the vendor showcase space. Go on the first day for all the swag. Then go early on the last day when the crowds have died down. You can find someone who still has their voice and get more personal time for your questions and networking.
    • Pack light – bring an empty duffle bag for all the extra stuff you’re going to bring home with you.
    • If you’re a blogger, be sure to sign up for a blogger ribbon.
    • Try to go meet @oraclenerd. Buy one of his T-Shirts and wear it to the show. This might be the one place people won’t give you a hard time for wearing the shirt.

    I do get to attend one very cool conference this year!
    I’ll be attending SQL Saturday #46 right here at home in Raleigh, NC. It’s free, and I get to take off the uniform and go be a sponge and learn from the experts.