I’m writing this at my departure gate in Denver, waiting for my flight home from the Training Days ’14 event hosted by the Rocky Mountain Oracle Users Group (RMOUG.) The RMOUG conference is the unofficial kick-off for Oracle conferences for the new year, and it’s one of my favorites.
I helped put together a panel discussion on professional development, and one of the topics that came up was the ability of employees getting the approval to attend training and user group conferences.
For those of you who are NOT able to attend these events, I have a question for you.
What if there was a local event you could go to on a Saturday?
No approval required – just the desire to learn and meet some of your fellow Oracle nerds.
There are other communities in the tech arena that have followed this model – meeting outside of the workweek. But I wonder if the average Oracle Joe and Jill would find this appealing.
I asked this question on Twitter and so far have received some positive feedback.
Hey Oracle nerds who can't get approval to attend conferences…would you go to a local Saturday event?
— Jeff Smith (@thatjeffsmith) February 8, 2014
I’m willing to help make this happen – recruit speakers, drive attendance, and even talk about SQL Developer a little bit
Maybe this won’t go anywhere, but the idea has been stuck in my head for a few years now and I’m ready to at least start talking about it…on a Saturday.