The last OOW2008 was for me the first time I visited this event. This is the time to meet partners, colleagues and friends. There are tons of information, a lot of activity during the day evening and night. It all starts early, between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m., depending on the scheduled activities and the interest in key conferences or other early activities. If you have already confirmed your assistance make sure you have accessed the scheduler builder tool. By now most of the hands-on workshops have no more seats available, this is the first activity that is in high demand. There are lots of conferences and most of them are overlapped, so it may be difficult to be at two or more places at the same time unless you develop the ubiquity ability.
The schedule builder is a very important tool during the event. This allows you to better plan ahead how your time will be distributed, when you are going to take breaks, when you are meeting friends and partners, visit the exhibition hall, assist to the demo grounds or perform other relevant activities.
The last time I was there I didn't carry my iPod with me and my cell phone didn't have wireless capabilities. Never do that. It is very useful to have your schedule on your handheld device and it is important to have internet, it becomes a very useful mean of communication. There are computers where you can quickly access your email and internet, but since they are public, it becomes difficult to remain more than ten minutes when several folks are waiting in line. I suggest you to take your portable wireless device with you.
Last year the electronic presentations were not available but for those who buy them. There is a CDRom you can buy. So if you are interested you can get them from Oracle.
This year I will be signing my book, the scheduled time slot will be on Tuesday 13th at 16:30 hrs at the library. I hope to see you there.
This is just the beginning, there will be a lot of things more to comment about this event.