September 18, 2017

Conference Preview: Oracle OpenWorld 2017 JavaOne Conference

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Oracle OpenWorld hardly needs any introduction. The conference is two decades old; attended by tens of thousands of cloud technology users and leaders in-person and millions more online; and year-after-year, is stacked with leading speakers and sessions.

This year’s conference is no different. Taking place October 1 – 5 in San Francisco, it will include more than 2,500 educational sessions led by more than 2,000 speakers. Every attendee has an excellent (and endless) opportunity to tailor an agenda to their own needs and areas of interest.

TechnologyAdvice is excited to be giving away several free passes to Oracle OpenWorld 2017. The end of this article explains how to get free passes to these conferences.

Keynote Speakers

Each day of Oracle OpenWorld 2017 includes a keynote. Here are the speakers leading those sessions.

  • Larry Ellison, CTO and Executive Chairman, Oracle
  • Douglas Fisher, SVP and GM, Software and Services Group, Intel Corporation
  • Mark Hurd, CEO, Oracle
  • John Donovan, CEO, AT&T Communications
  • Thomas Kurian, President, Product Development, Oracle
  • David Donatelli, EVP, Cloud Business Group, Oracle
  • Safra A. Katz, CEO, Oracle



With literally thousands of sessions, it’s tough to choose just a few to highlight without leaving out so many great options. So instead, check out the agenda here and filter by four broad topics — emerging technologies, IT infrastructure, next generation business applications, and state of the art cloud platform.

You can also filter by session type, which will help you choose the type of session that best meets your individual learning style or ensure that you’re mixing up your schedule. Here are the options:

  • Home Room: A track-based series that starts and ends each day with a group of peers.
  • Brain Snacks: One-on-one conversations with experts.
  • Fireside Chats: Talk with specialists in a casual, conversational setting.
  • Keynote: Executives and leading partners share their visions, lessons, and personal perspectives.
  • SIG Meeting: Informal, user-led sessions in which groups can network and learn.
  • Hands-on Lab: Classroom-style, in-depth tutorials on the proper use of Oracle software.



For users of Java technologies, the JavaOne conference will take place at the same time as Oracle OpenWorld. Attendees can crossover between the two events and have the opportunity to network with a larger group of peers and leaders. Check out the list of featured speakers at JavaOne alone:

  • Paul Bakker, Software Engineer, Netflix
  • Bruno Borges, Development Engagement, Oracle
  • David Buck, Principal Member of Technical Staff, Oracle
  • Mark Cavage, VP, Software Development, Oracle
  • Holly Cummins, Software Engineer/Developer, IBM
  • Ryan Cuprak, ANalyst, Dassault Systems
  • Patrick Debois, DevOps Enthusiast, Small town Heroes
  • Linda DeMichiel, Consulting Member of Technical Staff, Oracle
  • Markus Eisele, Developer Advocate, Lightbend, Inc
  • Frank Greco, Chairman, NYJAvaSIG
  • Ivar Grimstad, Principal Consultant, Cybercom Sweden
  • Mark Heckler, Principal Technologist, Developer Advocate, Pivotal
  • Marcus Hirt, Consulting Member of Technical Staff, oRacle
  • Justin Lee, Engineer (IT),
  • Jim Manico, Secure Coding Instructor, Manicode Security
  • Kito Mann, Consultant, Virtua, Inc.
  • Simon Ritter, Deputy CTO, Azul Systems
  • Venkat Subramaniam, President, Agile Developer
  • Marijn Verburg, CEO, JClarity
  • Patrycja Wegrzynowicz, CTO, Yonita, Inc.
  • Amit Zavery, SVP, Oracle Cloud Platform and Integration Products, Oracle


Oracle CloudFest.17

Oracle OpenWorld isn’t all about learning, there is a lot of fun in store as well. On the last night of the conference, attendees can enjoy Oracle CloudFest.17, a concert and party at AT&T park, which is just a 15 minute walk from the conference center. This year’s event will be headlined by performers Ellie Goulding and The Chainsmokers. It’s sure to be a night of dancing, photo snapping, and getting to know peers in a celebratory setting.


Why Attend

Oracle OpenWorld 2017 is such a major event in the technology world that these details barely scratch the surface of what the conference has on offer. You might also want to check out their list of special programs, including a one-day deep dive training at Oracle University and a two-day hackathon focused on hacking a better customer experience.

Oracle OpenWorld is also a showcase for leading cloud technologies, so attendees should make time to stop by the exhibitor hall. There, you can expect to see hundreds of hands-on demos and labs from leaders in the space.

Last year, 96 percent of attendees said Oracle OpenWorld met or exceeded their expectations and more is in store for this year’s event. There is still time to register for both in-person and online attendance, so don’t miss out on your opportunity. Register here.

Interested in a free pass to JavaOne? Email karri.bishop@technologyadvice. Tickets are limited. First come, first served.