It's Collaborate Monday morning and the first key note is about to begin!
The speaker is Dan Thurmon who is a motivational speaker. Always good to listen to get a different perspective to kick-off the formal conference. A lot of attendees and organizers actually come to the event on Saturday or Sunday to take care of behind the scenes events. I got here on Saturday, being just 2.5 hrs drive door-to-door, it was fun that to stand in TSA lines!
The BIWA Bootcamp (two days on BI) and the BI centric hands on labs start today... First lab is by Joe Leva and is related installing the OBIEE 11g sample apps...get in early to get your seats as it is first come first serve with 40 seats.
A lot of conferences have the concept of a Network Catalyst who help to energize the attendees and motivate them to network with each other and make the best of the conference. Here are my personal tips:
1) Do not hide behind your your blackberries... instead to talk to real people and exchange business cards and share your interests
2) Do follow up during and after the event
3) Make use of the birds of a feather lunch table to meet like minded people!