This was my first time aboard "the boat", I certainly hope it will not be my last time. It was a blast and a great mix of knowledge and socializing. I submitted three presentations and all three were accepted, so I was quite busy preparing scripts and slides - the final presentation wasn't completed until a few hours after boarding ;-)
|This photo by Heine Birkeland|
- Data Twisting: presentation and scripts
- Read, Store and Create XML and JSON: presentation and scripts
- Uses of Row Pattern Matching: presentation and scripts
Besides presenting, naturally I also had time to listen to some of the other great presentations aboard. The picture above is the audience for the early Friday morning session on 12c New Features by Ami Aharonovich. Even after late Thursday night socializing, awesome turnout and attention. (But then again, 12c is popular topic ;-)
Food and drink of course plays a large role when socializing at conferences like this. Here we have gathered 11 nationalities of speakers at a single table. The dinner conversation is awesome when you can get so many viewpoints from around the globe.
The conference center on the boat was on the 12th deck, but on the 5th deck was an exhibition centre (converted from a car deck) with stands from the 10 exbitors/sponsors. Great for lunch and mingling, and if you felt adventurous, there was also 4 racing car simulators.
Being a cruise from Norway to Germany, the boat passes through my home country, Denmark. On the southbound leg we passed in the dark, but going back north we passed under Storebæltsbroen (Great Belt Bridge) just before sunset, so now I know how the underside of the bridge looks like :-)
So that was my first OUGN Spring Conference. A great big thank you to Oracle User Group Norway for accepting my presentations and letting me speak in this great event.
Hope to see some of you at future OUGN conferences. You should all go...