UK Oracle User Group

Crafting the perfect agenda takes time

13 June 2017

UKOUG's co-located conferences provide carefully crafted agendas to entice users out of their offices to hear the content live but do you know what goes on behind the scenes?

As you are aware our Call for Speakers is currently open where we reach out to the Oracle community directly or through word of mouth to come forward and submit a presentation proposal. This simply involves registering your details as speaker and submitting a short abstract about what you propose your session will cover.

Alongside this comes the important job of reviewing the abstracts - this we call judging. Our judges, who are volunteers from the UKOUG community read and rate each abstract which then in turn gets an overall score. - If you would like to learn more about judging or to sign up - read more here.

Our conference committees, who are appointed each year, and are again volunteers, have the pressure of selecting the sessions which will be on the agenda. They consider the ratings from our judges, they look at the feedback of what past attendees have requested to see, they compare similar topic areas and what was presented last year and then they plot sessions onto a large agenda grid. It's a massive task trying to provide a balance of content to appeal to beginners, those with moderate experience and those with advanced Oracle knowledge.

Our agendas will be live in September - so to make sure you're the first to see who's on the line-up, update your online profile and opt in to receive conference communications or register your interest to attend.

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There's many benefits to presenting

Be recognised as a thought-leader
You may be a subject matter expert but to be a thought-leader you need to promote your skills and knowledge. The perfect place to do this is by presenting at an event, it shows others that you know your field and allows them to question you face-to-face on the issues they have.

Increase exposure for you and your business
Utilise the event as a way to let people know who you are and what you do, it is the ideal platform to elevate both your personal and professional brand and could pave the way for new opportunities.

Give yourself a new challenge
Speaking is a challenge and not something that comes naturally, but like all challenges, achieving it is very rewarding and something to be proud of. It will push you, it will make you really think about what it is you do and it will renew your enthusiasm for your work and your achievements.

Provide new skills for your CV
Only an exclusive selection of people can say they have spoken at the largest UK based Oracle Technology event, thus giving you the advantage for your next role.

Give back to the community
This could be your turn to inspire and encourage attendees, providing you with a sense of achievement in benefitting others. Being part of a user group is collaborative experience and passing on advice to help others with the knowledge gained from the challenges you have faced is one of the roles a member can take. A community will only grow and be successful with people like you taking part.

Speaker benefits
If your paper is accepted on to the agenda, and you're a main speaker, you'll receive a three day ticket to the event, saving you up to £1,500, so you too will be able to benefit from the full conference experience of sessions, suppliers & socials, not to mention refreshments & lunch each day. If you're accepted as a co-presenter you'll receive a one day ticket for the day you're presenting on. As a speaker onsite you'll get exclusive access to our speaker lounge area, where you can relax over a coffee, prepare for your moment in the spotlight or catch up with work.

We'd love to get your feedback on this; you'll need a UKOUG login to provide it, so if you don't have one, please click on 'create a web profile' first.