Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Yes, there WILL be an Oracle OpenWorld 2009 Blogger Meetup!

Chen Shapira is a simple DBA on a complex production system and, like many DBAs, she is planning on attending Oracle OpenWorld. However, she shared one regret:

This year will be my third time I’m attending Oracle Open World. When you do something every year for 3 years in a row, you develop [a] few traditions around it....

Some traditions do not continue – this year there seem to be no blogger meeting. I guess I’ll need to be a bit more proactive about meeting my online colleagues.

Enter Justin Kestelyn, in the comments:

Au contraire, there IS an blogger meetup; Alex G. is in charge this year.

So Chen turned to Twitter:

@alexgorbachev Where can I find details about the blogger meeting at Openworld? (Justin said you are in charge this year...)

As did I:

.@alexgorbachev i just learned (via an .@oracletechnet comment on .@chenshap 's blog) about #openworld09 meetup. let me know details also.

And Alex kindly responded, providing a link to the announcement. Here is a portion of it:

Are you an Oracle blogger attending Oracle Open World 2009?

If so, you are invited to attend this Oracle Bloggers Meetup during OOW 2009 — a chance to meet your online buddies face-to-face in relaxed and informal atmosphere.

What: OOW 2009 Bloggers Meetup

When: Tue, 13-Oct, 6:00pm

Where: Jillian’s — 4th Floor, 101 4th Street, San Francisco

It’s a big disappointment that Eddie Awad is not going to be with us at the Oracle Open World this year… But the show must go on and Oracle Bloggers Meetup must happen again this year so I’m picking up the baton from Eddie and will organize the meetup this year with the help of Justin Kestelyn and Lillian Buziak (Oracle ACE Wrangler).

But for those of you who have attended in past years, things will be a little different:

This year, the meetup is NOT hosted in a pub but DON’T PANIC. We’ve got it covered. We have booked the special function room and ordered some snacks and, of course, drinks will be served. The meetup is hosted at Jillian’s Billiards Club on the 4th Floor in Natoma Room with a nice view (so I guess smokers won’t be disappointed). This is just couple blocks from the Moscone Center. Address — 101 4th Street, San Francisco. I emphasize again — it’s not in the pub itself but on the 4th floor in one of the function room.

The Oracle Bloggers Meetup is on Tuesday, 13-Oct starting at 6PM. You probably don’t want to be too late and miss the fun (and food). The venue is booked until 8PM so at this point we will most likely move on.

It will be, obviously, easier to talk to each other than if we host it in the pub. We also plan to have a small fun program and we have some ideas.

Frankly, I am very encouraged by this change in plans. I attended the Thirsty Bear blogger meetups in 2008 and 2007, and while I enjoy the Thirsty Bear, it does not really lend itself well to conversation. Hopefully it will be "easier to talk" on the 4th floor of Jillian's.

Read the rest here. And register here.

Thanks to Eddie and to Mark Rittman for organizing past events, and thanks to Alex for taking the lead this year, and thanks to Justin et al for helping out with things.

(P.S. to the licensing police: While the first image in this post was only granted for non-commercial use, I know the photographer very well and will produce a waiver upon request when I get around to writing it.)
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