Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Oracle Conferences

If you follow the various blogs on the right, you'll see that practically everybody (except me) is currently attending Oracle OpenWorld 2006. It's an annual convention held in San Francisco late in the year. Lasts about 4 days, and costs around 2000 USD$.

I'd love to attend Oracle OpenWorld some day. Or practically any conference. I would especially like to visit the annual conference hosted by UKOUG. It generally takes place shortly after Oracle OpenWorld, and its about the same cost, but maybe a few hundred bucks cheaper. Makes up for the airfare to Birmingham.

Maybe for a warm-up I'd finally meet up with Dan Morgan at the Puget Sound Oracle User's Group's OracleDay in Seattle. It's one day, and I'm pretty sure its cheap (or free) for members. If you're not in my area, check out the calendar I got from the OTN web site that lists some of the local user groups annual meetings.

Judging from that list, there are three other conferences I would keep my eye on:

1. Oracle Development Tool Users Group Kaleidoscope, in June, to be held in Daytona Florida next year.
2. The 2nd ever PL/SQL-specific OPP 2007, for 2 days in February/March in San Francisco.
3. Oracle Applications User Group Collaborate 2007 in Las Vegas next April for 4 days.

If ever I do go to my first Oracle convention, I'll be sure to mention it here and hopefully I can meet some of you there.

Actually Rob, it should cost less if you register early and also get a special code for additional discount from your Oracle rep. Just ask. :D

I've spoken to Oracle vancouver about reviving the local Vancouver User group but have not gotten too much of a positive response yet.
I'll put ina word for the Hotsos Symposium as well. That was my first conference and it was a real eye-opener. Very worthwhile
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