This annual gathering, which is one part tech conference, one part convention, turns San Francisco into a sea of red from September 16 to 19. More than 60,000 professionals representing 175 countries will descend on the city’s Moscone Center to attend more than 2,500 sessions and learn about all things Cloud.
But this isn’t your ordinary conference. In addition to all-star keynote speakers and hundreds of exhibitors (make sure you visit the Velocity team at booth #2011), attendees can experience dozens of happy hour events and dinners. And did we mention John Mayer and Flo Rida are headlining CloudFest? Held in the brand-spanking-new Chase Center, OpenWorld 2019 participants will be among the first to experience the Warriors’ new state-of-the-art sports and entertainment complex.
Long story short, there’s a lot to do during four short days. All of which begs the question: How can you prepare yourself to do it all? From the Oracle OpenWorld dress code to practical tips that’ll make you an #OOW2019 pro, here are the must-haves for your trip.
Start From The Bottom
If there’s one golden rule to follow when attending conferences, it’s this: Bring comfortable shoes. Seriously. Wearing those new Louboutins may win you points at the office. But if you wear them at the sprawling Moscone Center, the only thing you’ll win are blisters. Bring shoes you can stand in for 16-18 hours, because your most valuable time will likely be spent working the floor and networking with other partners.
Dress For Every Occasion
Whether you’re representing yourself or your company, bring along your branded clothing. Your logo golf shirt, button-down, or hats will help others instantly recognize you and your company. But OpenWorld isn’t all business. For those nights out on the town, remember to pack your favorite pair of jeans for happy hour and CloudFest, or your lucky sports jersey for the San Francisco Giants vs. Miami Marlins game. Just remember to follow the Oracle OpenWorld dress code when necessary.
Leave Empty Space In Your Luggage
You’re not the only one who brought along schwag. From earbuds and shirts, to coffee mugs and stress balls, chances are, you will want to take at least some of the tchotchkes home to distribute to your kids, friends, and co-workers who stayed behind.
Keep Your Devices Charged
Completely draining your phone or laptop battery in the middle of a conference is the stuff of nightmares. Ditch the low battery anxiety and give yourself peace of mind by packing a portable charger.
Create A Schedule
There’s a lot going on at Oracle OpenWorld. Instead of winging it, spare your sanity and consider building out your ideal schedule ahead of time. A week before you head out, take a look at the official agenda and write down the things you absolutely want to hit up. You can also create a shared Google Calendar so that everyone in your party can keep up with what's going on.
Keep Track Of Your Crew
With more than 60,000 people expected to attend Oracle OpenWorld 2019, there’s a good chance you’ll get separated from your group at some point. But there’s no need to panic! Enable location sharing on whatever smart device you’re using so you can keep track of your group and vice versa. This handy guide will help you get set up.
Are you ready to make Oracle OpenWorld 2019 the best one yet? We’ll see you and your ergonomic shoes at Oracle OpenWorld 2019 registration!