Tuesday, May 15, 2012

UKOUG 2012...

The call for papers for the UKOUG 2012 conference ends in less than three short weeks!  If you were planning on going to the conference (and even if not) - you should consider submitting a paper.

I've been a long time supporter of all of the user groups and their conferences and I can attest to the quality of the UKOUG event.  The conference is chock full of technical talks with hundreds of sessions to choose from.  There is something for everyone there.

If you've never presented before, don't let that deter you from submitting a paper.  No one knows the anxiety that public speaking can bring better than I - I've written about it before. You'll find the conference to be an entirely different experience on the other side of the podium.  In addition to the experience of presenting, the networking and exposure that comes with being a speaker won't hurt you at all.  Whether you are a DBA or developer - having good public speaking skills is a necessity today - and using the conference as a way to build those skills is a great way to start.

Additionally - what you have to say is important and relevant to the user community as a whole.  A good conference needs a lot of speakers, from many diverse disciplines, with diverse backgrounds - the more speakers the merrier.  Don't think you don't have anything to offer - everyone does.  And don't feel that your topic wouldn't be interesting to someone else - it will be.  There are a lot of people out there trying to do some of the same things you've done and they'd love to hear how you did it.

That is one of the things about user groups I really like - they bring together a lot of people doing similar things - but in a different way.  You'll learn something new - and they will too.  

The UKOUG is one of the larger and well run conferences out there - don't be afraid to talk.  Challenge yourself to get up there and just do it.  You won't be sorry (ok, maybe in the minutes leading up to it you will be - but you'll get over that :) ) 

Hope to see you there - and don't chicken out!


Anonymous Marcus M├Ânnig said....

Your encouragement to submit a paper is definetly a good thing, but looking at the UKOUG schedules from previous years really scares the newcomer away. I know the names of and read stuff from most of the speakers there in books, articles or blogs. While I think it's a good thing for any conference to be able to offer such great and well-known speakers, UKOUG is probably not the right conference for a newcomer to "give it a try". The chances of being accepted are low due to the quality of papers submitted and big names submitting.

And, even worse, if you are accepted you find yourself in an agenda parallel, before or after Oracle heavyweights like Mogens Norgaard, Jonathan Lewis, James Morle, Wolfgang Breitling, Kyle Hailey, Maria Colgan, Tanel Poder, etc.. Pretty scaring names (with all due respect) for giving it a try... :-)

Tue May 15, 02:38:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....


the UKOUG is inviting papers from just these people. They are really looking for new ideas, new people.

The chances of an abstract being accepted is a function of the abstract - they are evaluated "sans name". If you submit a quality abstract - it doesn't matter who you are.

You've got to start somewhere. This would be an excellent place to try (just my opinion). I got started at IOUG - a fairly large conference in its own right - a long time ago.

It doesn't hurt to try.

You listed seven names - double that list and you still have a small percentage of the speakers, a very small percentage.

And I didn't see anyone on that list that would not encourage someone to try - quite the opposite.

Tue May 15, 02:43:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Doug Burns said....

Hear, hear. I could not agree any more. UKOUG wants *users* to share their experiences. Who cares what your name is if you give a good presentation? That's why the voting moved to 'blind' voting, followed by the agenda planning meeting.

It's where I gave my first user group presentation, introduced by Jonathan Lewis and it went swimmingly :-)

Thu May 17, 06:07:00 PM EDT  

Blogger ora said....


May i have your email id please?


Sun May 20, 04:07:00 PM EDT  


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