OpenWorld 2009 Suggest a Session Starts June 16

Image by our pal Eddie Awad on Flickr used under Creative Commons

Image by our pal Eddie Awad on Flickr used under Creative Commons

Mark your calendars for June 16.

The Oracle OpenWorld Blog announced today that Suggest a Session will be back on that day for this year’s mega-conference (which will be October 11-15, 2009 at Moscone in San Francisco as usual).

If you recall, last year’s Suggest a Session for OpenWorld was a big hit. Confused?

Here’s a recap:

If you have an idea for a session you’d like to attend or present, bounce over to Mix and add it. 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”.

And yes, I did just quote myself.

Why would you want to suggest a session?

Maybe you missed or didn’t know about the Call for Papers, which ended in April, or, maybe you have a burning topic that you don’t think will make the agenda. Never fear, submit your idea and get out the vote. You can do it.

As an aside, I’m rallying Chet to submit a talk on social media something or other, now that he’s an ambassador of sorts.

Since we’re not involved this year, I’m not sure of the exact details, other than voting will be via Oracle Mix, but watch this space (and the Oracle OpenWorld and Oracle Mix blogs) for the skinny.

Remember the winners? Did you attend their sessions? What did you think?

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I’ll bet you’ll soon see an Oracle OpenWorld page on Facebook, too. There’s also a FriendFeed group if that’s your preference, although I’m not sure it’s “official”. As the conference approaches, someone will undoubtedly create a Flickr group too and publish the hashtag everyone should use. If you want a nostalgia break, here are the Flickr groups from 2005, 2006, 2007, and not one, but two, from 2008, here and here.

Suffice to say, OpenWorld generates a lot of UGC, and I expect this year will be more of the same.

Oh, almost forgot, the Early Bird rate for OpenWorld ends August 14. So get cracking.

When you register, tweet it and add to the this year’s UGC, which is already building.

Chet's registered, are you?

And no, I’m not buying you all beer 🙂




  1. And for those you do submit an abstract again, don't forget to add Buzz words like “XXX” and “Angelina Joly” etc…


    It paid off for some last time…



  2. Really? I don't remember anything like that. What session?

    One successful tactic from last year was connecting with a bunch of people on Mix and asking for a vote and getting out the vote with blogs and Twitter.

    Should be interesting to see how it goes this year.

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