It’s not to early to start thinking about Oracle OpenWorld 2012 (@oracleopenworld), which will be September 30 through October 4.
Actually, if you want to get the Early Bird pricing, you’d better act fast, since it ends this Friday. If you want more, Kellsey has a great rundown of the event and the WebCenter activities.
I’ll be attending this year, after missing last year, and I’m in the planning stages of a developer challenge. Without giving too much away, it’s looking like a hybrid hackathon. Given that this challenge will run during a conference, I need to bend the concept a bit to fit attendee’s schedules. Very few will want to spend 24 or even 12 hours in a room hacking during OpenWorld.
So, it’s a work in progress.
Anyway, I’m interested to hear your thoughts. Generally, what makes a hackathon (codefest, hack day, etc.) fun and engaging? What would motivate you to join one during a larger conference, e.g. prizes, exposure to a specific product, camaraderie, whatever? What do you think about running smaller, daily challenges vs. a longer, conference-running challenge?
And finally, what do you expect to gain from any hackathon event in which you participate?
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Update: I should have mentioned that Justin (@oracletechnet) has graciously opened the OTN Lounge for this developer challenge, which makes a ton of sense. After all, the OTN Lounge is always developer central at OpenWorld.