This years Oracle OpenWorld conference will be held on October 11-15 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. A few days ago the OpenWorld website opened for customers and partners to submit proposals for presentations to be included in this years conference. This year there will be more sessions allocated to customer and partner papers which increases your chances of having your paper selected. The OpenWorld conference is a great opportunity to present your ideas to the Oracle Community and to add to increase your own knowledge by attending other presentations. Most importantly,all the Oracle OLAP Blog team will be onsite at the demo grounds so come and say "Hi" and checkout the latest cool 11g OLAP demos.
Presenting at OpenWorld is an amazing experience and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone. There is nothing quite like it. The deadline for submission is April 19 so act fast!
Are there any benefits to presenting? Of course - but the benefits/goody bags change every year and I am not sure what we will be offering this year. Obviously you get a complimentary Oracle OpenWorld Full Conference pass which means you can get into the vast majority of events during the conference. You get access to the whole presentation catalog via the OpenWorld website. On top of the Oracle goodies, most of the vendors in the demo grounds hand out lots of other goodies (it pays to bring an extra suitcase) and most evenings someone, somewhere, is usually offering free beer. What more could you ask for!
What should I present on? The topic is completely up to you. You can talk about a recent project or a specific database feature and how you used it. Just pick any topic you think will be of use and interest to other people.
The 2009 Conference web page is here. Look for the red link "Now Live" and good luck.