The shiny new feature is Suggest a Session. If you have an idea for a session you’d like to attend or present, bounce over to Mix and add it by June 13. It helps to give as much detail as possible, including any speaker suggestions and agenda thoughts you have. Use this as the hook to get votes.
The top vote-getters will be added to the conference agenda. I just hope the other sessions won’t judge them as “online winners”. Get in the game and vote for your favorites before June 24.
Rich and I seeded some sessions we’d like to present.
- Ruby/JRuby on Rails on Oracle: With the release of the instant client for Mac, Rubists everywhere can start accessing Oracle on their favorite platform, if they’ve upgraded to Leopard. Rich can fill you in on how to use Ruby in the enterprise to build New Web-style apps.
- Doing 2.0 in the enterprise, lessons learned, tips and tricks, or the “what if someone posts porn” session: Judging by the Web 2.0 Expo and my increasing load of business development, enterprises are headed full bore into New Web. That means a lot of questions, many of which we can answer from our experiences.
- Social networking and hidden demand, how to harness if for productivity: Social networks aren’t just for kids and poking. People are social, and work is social. This session describes how work can be more social (read fun) without losing productivity.
Vote early and often.
We made a couple other changes of note. Questions now have a body, so you don’t have to cram your question into a 255 character field, which made for some interesting questions. Consider this idea implemented. If only Mix had an implemented ideas tab.
We also added a preview for the badges we deployed weeks ago. This was a bit of an Easter egg feature, since it wasn’t entirely finished. If you want to tell people you’re attending OpenWorld this year, bounce over to your profile page in Mix, scroll down to just below the My Network widget and you’ll find the badge code and preview. Copy the HTML and paste it into your blog or anywhere that supports script tags.
Example of a place that does not support script tags, WordPress blog posts.
Enjoy the new features. If you want to keep up with all the announcments and OpenWorld pageantry make sure to join the OpenWorld group.