Saturday, May 17, 2014

Considering speaking at UKOUG Tech 14? Why I travel overseas to attend UKOUG every year

I have been traveling to attend the UKOUG Tech Conference every year for the past 3 years. Not only is this at my own expense, there is lost income and time away from family to travel internationally from the United States to attend the event.

Why do I do it? It's simple.
  • Presentations are top-notch. Less sales-centric and more technology focused. Much preferred over Oracle OpenWorld.
  • I try to present as much as I can. I love sharing my experiences with others and the registration fee is waived by being a presenter.
  • Individual one-on-one time with Oracle Product Managers/Directors who fly in from the United States, whom I never would have been able to spend time with at Oracle OpenWorld because of the craziness there.
  • Being in December, just a few short months after Oracle OpenWorld, you get to attend many of those presentations.

I am going again this year and submitted 2 abstracts (and hope they are accepted!). Contrary to popular belief, you don't need to be an expert or a seasoned presenter. Simply talk about a single use case, a performance tuning tip you ran into, high level design your team came up with, anything... and in any Oracle technology area.

It's fun. You'll learn. And you'll be surprised at the number of people sharing your experiences and wanting to know more. If you attend, hit me up on LinkedIn and let's meet.

Submit an abstract. Go for free. Learn & network.



Sachin said...

Hey, I hv sent u request on LinkedIn. My name is Sachin Miskin n my paper is selected ��

Ahmed Aboulnaga said...

Congrats on the presentation being selected! Looking forward to seeing you there! Let's try to sync up via LinkedIn before the conference to exchange contact information.