What Everybody Ought to Know About Openworld 2013 – 10 Tips

on Monday, 05 August 2013. Posted in Blog, Oracle OpenWorld

What Everybody Ought to Know About Openworld 2013 – 10 Tips



Less than 6 weeks to Oracle OpenWorld, the conference will officially kick off on Sunday, September 22th.

My tips after a decade of regular attendance as a speaker and attendee of Oracle OpenWorld

1)    Book and plan sessions as soon as possible the content catalog will be live in 2 weeks, as the best ones are "sold out" swiftly. Currently 2400 sessions are available, plan what you want to learn this year and keep that in mind when registering for the session. Use the target audience filter.

This year’s OpenWorld themes expect:

·      A focus on cloud solutions.

·      An updated strategy on fusion applications (Fusion turns 2 years old since general release). The new 2.0 website is much easier to navigate here is the link.

·      Within, Oracle ‘s engineered systems expect a hardware announcement and a continuation from last year trend with an aggressive push towards workforce mobility.

·      Product announcements will occur on Oracle technologies to solve vertical business issues, as a speculation expect an announcement to a more comprehensive big data solution and new features on the newly released 12c database.

2)    Don’t miss Larry’s keynote, usually he provides the big announcements and summarizes well the strategy and themes of this year’s OpenWorld and the ongoing strategy.

3)    If you only remember one thing, bring comfortable shoes. You can expect lots of walking and uncomfortable shoes can put a damper on energy very quickly.

4)    Familiarize yourself with the Moscone floor plans

Moscone South floor plans

Moscone West floor plans

5)    Visit the application demo's ground a great venue because its sole focus is to demo and test new applications. Despite the fact that you will be one of many participants, from my experiences you are given great attention.

6)    Bring business cards for the many drawings that are often offered in the exhibit areas.

7)    Use Twitter at OpenWorld, tweets specific to the conference will be using the following hashtag #OOW13, instant updates, specials, giveaways and comments/feedback from others at the conference.

8)    Take advantages of networking opportunities when you can. There is much to be learned from others from other programs and places. Join in panel discussions, ride the shuttle buses.

9)    Always carry your pass even at night time, many specials (discounts at restaurants and stores ~around 10-15%)

10) There is a bookshop on the second floor of Moscone West, where one can get numerous books and souvenirs. If you are into books you may plan to spend sometime looking at these books and buy few for you or your team members back home.They also arrange to send it to the suggested address if you want to avoid excess baggage.

Oracle OpenWorld is a must-attend business and IT conference event each year.

I’ll be there, and I will blog with twitter you can follow me at @AlexAntonatos and my focus this year will be on cloud solutions, architecture, Hyperion and Fusion sessions.

Also looking forward to the following Oracle ACE activities during OpenWorld 2013:

  Sun, Sep 22: Annual Oracle ACE Dinner

  Wed, Sep 25: Blogger Meetup, Jillians

Have I missed any other helpful tips? Leave a comment!


Comments (22)

  • Maria Lewis

    Maria Lewis

    05 August 2013 at 01:40 |
    This is a great post. Glad to see that I follow at least a few points that you’ve mentioned in this post. I also have an Iphone and usually download the Openworld app.
  • Mark O'Dwyer

    Mark O'Dwyer

    05 August 2013 at 01:54 |
    This was well timed for me. Appreciate the list; its comprehensive and overflowing with good stuff. First time at the conference.
  • John Hiroto

    John Hiroto

    05 August 2013 at 02:00 |
    Great tips Alex, two more ride a bike over the Golden Gate Bridge amazing feeling and sit in the back of the sessions when your not sure you will stay for the entire session.
  • Shilpa Aarav

    Shilpa Aarav

    05 August 2013 at 02:48 |
    Thank you very much for writing this blog. It was very easy to understand. I’m insanely new to the whole Openworld. I’m trying to figure out how to manage my week conference and these seem to be great pointers for a newbie like myself. Thank you for being a writer at heart and it is incredible that technology these days allows us all to connect in this way.
  • Angela Casiano

    Angela Casiano

    05 August 2013 at 02:50 |
    Thank you so much for your advise here. I am doing some of these things already, but you definitively gave me some fresh ideas. I am going to look into twitter #oow13! Take care Alex!
  • Luka


    05 August 2013 at 03:00 |
    Good post. I tweeted this! Thanks for sharing.
  • Lisa Wilson

    Lisa Wilson

    05 August 2013 at 03:05 |
    Two more tips, don't miss the Oracle Appreciation Event on Wednesday night and close by the conference you can have lunch in China town.
  • Scott Berkin

    Scott Berkin

    05 August 2013 at 03:36 |
    That is excellent advice,most important tip have a plan and measure it on a daily basis, and after the conference tour the city by taking the cable car. Just reserve the sessions quickly usually the schedule builder is available around mid-august,Oracle sends an email when available
  • Daniela Fisher

    Daniela Fisher

    05 August 2013 at 04:20 |
    Good tips, I would add stick the business cards that you collect from your new friends inside your openworld name tag. This was a tip I picked up from another attendee last year and it worked incredibly well. That way, they weren’t all lost in pockets or at the bottom of my purse.
  • Olga Hernandez

    Olga Hernandez

    05 August 2013 at 09:31 |
    Thanks for this post – I struggled last year with Openworld, I was overwhelmed felt badly about that (until i read your posts about this) and yet I see there is more that I can do. I will create a schedule and use twitter to ask questions – my one tip, spend a minimum of 3 hours to visit the exhibit areas, lots to see and many freebies
  • Phil T.

    Phil T.

    05 August 2013 at 09:54 |
    Great advice, i would add don't miss Mark Hurd keynote, excellent speaker
  • Viktor Nguyen

    Viktor Nguyen

    05 August 2013 at 10:02 |
    Will be booking my sessions quickly, i would add use the different tracks option when selecting your sessions , link http://www.oracle.com/openworld/tracks/index.html , good post!
  • Gordon


    05 August 2013 at 10:17 |
    good post my third OOW, I will also use twitter this year, here is an excellent infographic showing how big openworld has become http://visual.ly/how-big-oracle-openworld
  • Bonnie Green

    Bonnie Green

    05 August 2013 at 10:22 |
    These tips remind me about the larger context of what it means to help others and be sociable. Hmmmm …. maybe that’s the subject of my next post. thanks for sharing.
  • Alan


    05 August 2013 at 11:29 |
    I would add the mobile openworld app as mentioned by Maria and after the sessions a visit to Alcatraz.
  • Sam Kelly

    Sam Kelly

    05 August 2013 at 22:17 |
    good tips, i would add commit to the sessions that best advance your personal goals now. By just being in those sessions, you will meet other people who are there with similar goals. Go to sessions that can advance your learning, expertise and networking with the ‘right’ people.
  • Sanjeev


    06 August 2013 at 07:06 |
    Sharing knowledge and helping others is key for a better tomorrow. Enjoy your blog, I would add on twitter also follow @ oracleopenworld.
    • Alex Antonatos

      Alex Antonatos

      06 August 2013 at 11:33 |
      Hi Sanjeev and to all that left comments and tips,
      I wanted to say a really big thank you to everyone for your great advice and the nice comments, it is very much appreciated.
  • George Thompson

    George Thompson

    07 August 2013 at 09:55 |
    Just shared the information on g+ very helpful, the only tip I would give forget your electronics and talk to people, last year was my first openworld and I was shocked how many people were glued to their electronic devices.
  • Tom Mcguire

    Tom Mcguire

    13 August 2013 at 20:20 |
    Alex, thanks for the information on Openworld! Your website has saved me a dozen times on different topics. Cheers!!!
  • Richard Nicholson

    Richard Nicholson

    13 August 2013 at 23:01 |
    Hi Alex, my first openworld thank you to all for the great tips, very helpful, i hear this year they expect over 50000 attendees. If your available would like to meetup if your interested for tea or coffee
    • Alex Antonatos

      Alex Antonatos

      14 August 2013 at 00:05 |
      Hi Richard,
      No issues sounds great , email me closer to the conference and we can arrange a meeting. Your most important task to complete before OOW is your schedule builder that will be out soon, supposed to be mid August, you will receive an email, once it is released drop what your doing and book your session they get sold out very quickly.

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