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What to do with your Freebies from Oracle Open World

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With 50,000+ people attending Oracle Open World (and associated other conferences) between 30th September and 4th October, and with over 400 exhibitors, there should lots of freebies available.

What do you do with all of these things like pens, pencils, notebooks, memory sticks, t-shirts, pen pots, stress balls, etc. ?

Do many of these items get given away as presents, gives to your colleagues, or at some point end up in the refuge collect, land fill or recycle centre ?

Why not give these items to primary and secondary schools in Africa?

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Over the past couple of years I have been collecting some of these kind of things to send out to schools in Africa. What I try to do is to wait until I have enough items that can kit out students in a class with pens, pencils and notepads for a year.

There is no corporate sponsorship of this project that is called Tech Gear for the 3rd World.  I just ask for people to send me their spare items or old corporate items (due to rebranding etc.).  I look after identifying what schools to send the items too, packaging of the items and I pay for the shipping of the parcels to the schools.

So after visiting Oracle Open World you have suitcase full of stuff, or if you are an exhibitor and you have items left over, why not send them to Tech Gear for the 3rd World.

Click here for more details and postal details.

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Oracle Magazine Collection

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Are you going to Oracle Open World & have old Oracle Magazines.
I’ve been working in the Oracle World for 20 years now. During that time I’ve been collecting the print editions of Oracle Magazine since 1992.
I have all the Oracle Magazines from 1998, but I’m missing some of the editions prior to 1998.

Can you help me complete my collection ?   (I promise that you wont find them on ebay!!)

What I would really like to do is to have a print copy of every Oracle Magazine going back to the very first one in June 1987. To see the electronic version of the first edition, which was very kindly made available by Cary Milsap, click here.
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So in the run up to Oracle Open World could you have a look to see if you have any of my missing editions or any of the early editions. I can collect them off you are Oracle Open World.

If you have a look through my blog you will see that I’ve been posting a review of some of the early editions of Oracle Magazine. Ideally at some time in the future I will have a review of all the Oracle Magazines available.

Oracle Open World Schedule

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Oracle Open World is fast approaching. Over the past couple of weeks I have been using the schedule builder tool to work out what sessions I would like to attend.  Unfortunately there are LOTS of sessions I would love to attend but I haven’t worked out a way to be in 10 places at the same time.

When attending a conference I try to achieve a number of things. These are find out about new topics/features, benchmark my knowledge of existing topics, try some of the hands-on labs, try something new and do something completely different. This will be my challenge at Oracle Open World.

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There are a number of other people from Ireland who will be attending OOW, and there are some plans to have an Ireland social event. Plus there is lots of meetings/catch-ups planned too with people I know from the virtual Oracle world.

There will be some people from AIB who will be presenting at OOW. Their presentation will be on the Tuesday morning 10:15-11:00.  I’ll be there.

Other social things that are on include the Oracle ACE dinner, the Oracle Music festival, with Kings of Leon playing support to Pearl Jam on the Wednesdays night.

It is going to be a busy week, an enjoyable week, a week of learning new things and finding out lots of what the 12c database will be like. 

Will I get time to go to everything ?  The simple answer is NO.  So I will just have to try to get to another Oracle Open World soon.

Analytics Sessions at Oracle Open World 2012

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The content catalog for Oracle Open World 2012 was made public during the week. OOW is on between 30th September and 4th October.

The following table gives a list of most of the Data Analytics type sessions that are currently scheduled.

Why did I pick these sessions? If I was able to go to OOW then these are the sessions I would like to attend. Yes there would be many more sessions I would like to attend on the core DB technology and Development streams.

Session Title Presenters
CON6640 – Database Data Mining: Practical Enterprise R and Oracle Advanced Analytics Husnu Sensoy
CON8688 – Customer Perspectives: Oracle Data Integrator Gurcan Orhan – Software Architect & Senior Developer, Turkcell Technology R&D
Julien Testut – Product Manager, Oracle
HOL10089 – Oracle Big Data Analytics and R George Lumpkin – Vice President, Product Management, Oracle
CON8655 – Tackling Big Data Analytics with Oracle Data Integrator Mala Narasimharajan – Senior Product Marketing Manager, Oracle
Michael Eisterer – Principal Product Manager, Oracle
CON8436 – Data Warehousing and Big Data with the Latest Generation of Database Technology George Lumpkin – Vice President, Product Management, Oracle
CON8424 – Oracle’s Big Data Platform: Settling the Debate Martin Gubar – Director, Oracle
Kuassi Mensah – Director Product Management, Oracle
CON8423 – Finding Gold in Your Data Warehouse: Oracle Advanced Analytics Charles Berger – Senior Director, Product Management, Data Mining and Advanced Analytics, Oracle
CON8764 – Analytics for Oracle Fusion Applications: Overview and Strategy Florian Schouten – Senior Director, Product Management/Strategy, Oracle
CON8330 – Implementing Big Data Solutions: From Theory to Practice Josef Pugh – , Oracle
CON8524 – Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database for Oracle Exalytics: Overview Tirthankar Lahiri – Senior Director, Oracle
CON9510 – Oracle BI Analytics and Reporting: Where to Start? Mauricio Alvarado – Principal Product Manager, Oracle
CON8438 – Scalable Statistics and Advanced Analytics: Using R in the Enterprise Marcos Arancibia Coddou – Product Manager, Oracle Advanced Analytics, Oracle
CON4951 – Southwestern Energy’s Creation of the Analytical Enterprise Jim Vick – , Southwestern Energy
Richard Solari – Specialist Leader, Deloitte Consulting LLP
CON8311 – Mining Big Data with Semantic Web Technology: Discovering What You Didn’t Know Zhe Wu – Consultant Member of Tech Staff, Oracle
Xavier Lopez – Director, Product Management, Oracle
CON8428 – Analyze This! Analytical Power in SQL, More Than You Ever Dreamt Of Hermann Baer – Director Product Management, Oracle
Andrew Witkowski – Architect, Oracle
CON6143 – Big Data in Financial Services: Technologies, Use Cases, and Implications Omer Trajman – , Cloudera
Ambreesh Khanna – Industry Vice President, Oracle
Sunil Mathew – Senior Director, Financial Services Industry Technology, Oracle
CON8425 – Big Data: The Big Story Jean-Pierre Dijcks – Sr. Principal Product Manager, Oracle
CON10327 – Recommendations in R: Scaling from Small to Big Data Mark Hornick – Senior Manager, Oracle