Friday, December 03, 2010

UKOUG Inspiring Presentation Awards – The Winners

This is the Conference Review Part 2, but I wanted to do a separate post for the IPA’s.

On Tuesday night at the conference, we had the first ever UKOUG Inspiring Presentation Awards.
The awards and the evening’s social event were very kindly sponsored by OTN, so a big thank you to Vikki Lira from the Oracle ACE Program for helping out and making it all happen.

The first four categories are for presentations given at the Conference in 2009, with winners decided by the feedback scores provided by delegates in the sessions. The Best Abstract awards were determined by the highest scores given to abstracts submitted for the 2010 event.

We had a great deal of fun with the awards ceremony with a large crowd there to cheer for the winners.

So without further ado, here are the winners of the first ever UKOUG Inspiring Presentation Awards!

Oracle Speaker:
Technology – Grant Ronald Modernizing Your Oracle Forms Investment: Google Maps, Carousels, Web 2.0 and Web Services
Apps – Clive Swan Keynote: Fusion Applications demonstrations

UK Speaker:
Technology - John Scott Building Scalable Applications with Oracle Application Express
Apps – Simon Tomey BI and the Reporting Road Map

Overseas Speaker:
Technology – Connor McDonald 11g features for Developers
Apps – Michael Rulf Using Oracle Application Integration Architecture Foundation pack to build a best-of-breed landscape

First Time Speaker:
Technology – Jan Navratil Building large scale mission critical systems with Oracle Application Express
Apps – Marcus Rogers Oracle E-Business Suite: Why do users hate Oracle?

Best Abstract:
UK Technology – James Morle Sane SAN 2010
UK Apps – Margaret Greenwood Advanced Collections – helping the council's budget in these difficult times
Overseas – Christian Antognini Transaction Management Internals

Congratulations to all the winners!

We did have a photographer in attendance, I’ll get a link to the pictures as soon as I have them.
Thank you to everyone involved that helped make this happen and I hope it encourages more of you out there to get up and give presenting a go.

UKOUG Conference Review - Part 1

Well I finally made it back home from the UKOUG Conference in Birmingham, only a day and a half later than planned.
The problem was not Birmingham, no snow issues there although it was very cold, but Newcastle airport was closed for a couple of days and trains were struggling to get through all the snow ‘Oop North’.

The Conference itself was a fantastic event and, from a personal perspective, it was my favourite one out of the many that I have attended.

There’s not one specific reason for that, other than I got to attend quite a few of the technical sessions this year, spent time with good friends and made a few more. I also seemed to be constantly on the go, TEBS is always a very busy event for the UKOUG staff and Directors, but I feel that I somehow had more time this year to network and actually talk to people.

My presentation was on Monday afternoon and the feedback I got afterwards was positive which always makes it worthwhile. It was nice to have it on the Monday too so that I could do it well and then enjoy the rest of the event afterwards.

Monday was also the day of the UKOUG Pantomime.

We followed on straight from the keynote in Hall 1 and, after spending 30 minutes backstage getting Ronan into costume, it was hard work to compose myself again so as not to spend the whole time on stage in hysterics.

Doug Burns was a true sport, Marco looked to be having a great time waving a chainsaw around the stage, and Debra and Ronan were brilliant as the medics. I think it will take Ronan a while to live down the ‘Naughty Nurse Miles’ tag.:)

All of us involved had a great time and really enjoyed doing it, even if we did manage to make complete fools out of ourselves in the process!

Aside from the fun, there was a serious note with the whole thing being to raise money for Doug’s Movember Charity efforts.
The very generous audience were able to add more than £300 to his total – well done and thank you!

Of course, we ended up having so much fun during the Panto itself that not all of the Mo was removed there and then. Thank you to Alex Gorbachev for helping me out with the final shave in the Tap & Spile afterwards.

I’m now winding down from Conference, I had planned to be out Xmas shopping at the end of this week, but losing a day with extra travelling and being snowed in here has put an end to that.

Instead, I’ll be writing up another blog post about the Inspiring Presentation Awards and planning the fun for next year’s TEBS... :)