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Blog | Jun 15, 2017

Tips to Take Advantage of the Kscope17 Conference

It's June, which means it's almost time for Kscope17, the popular Oracle Development Tools User Group conference! Kscope17 is the premier Oracle Developer conference that attracts Oracle experts from all over the world, but is still small enough to get the chance to share knowledge. The conference takes place over four days, June 25-29, in San Antonio, Texas. To help you prepare, we have some tips to help you take advantage of ODTUG's Kscope 17 Conference.


Kscope has grown quickly over the past few years, and TriCore Solutions is excited to be attending for the first time. If you haven't signed up yet, it's not too late - registration is still openAs we mentioned above, this is a popular conference attracting Oracle experts from across the world. The main hotel for the conference, the JW Marriott, is sold out. However, for the time being, you can still make a reservation at their nearby overflow properties that offer shuttle buses to The JW Marriott.

The Kscope conference is organized by ODTUG; An Oracle User Group Community Focused On Education. ODTUG is an independent, not-for-profit, global organization whose sole purpose is to keep you on the cutting-edge of the constantly changing Oracle technology landscape. The conference boasts more than 300 technical sessions. In addition, ODTUG offers four days of hands-on training and all-day symposiums, all at no extra fee. Session tracks include Planning, Business Intelligence & Reporting, Financial Close, Essbase, EPM Business Content, EPM Infrastructure, Data Warehousing & Big Data, Application Express, Database, a track for new Oracle professionals, and more. Also, if COLLABORATE17 is any indicator, we're expecting the cloud to be a major theme. 

What can you expect to have on your plate during the conference?

  • Haven for HopeSaturday, June 24: Community Service Day 2017. ODTUG Kscope17 dedicates time to help transform the lives of San Antonians in need. This year, ODTUG has partnered with Haven for Hope in its mission of radical compassion, driven by hope, to move people from a feeling of worthlessness to the pursuit of excellence.  Haven for Hope provides drug treatment, job training, education, medical services, and so much more all on one campus.  Saturday starts at 7:30am with a community service breakfast. Next, ODTUG Kscope attendees will have several options to help at Haven for Hope with activities such as meal preparation, campus beautification, and playing bingo with the Courtyard residents. You'll also be able to register for the full conference later in the afternoon.
  • Kscope17 LumpySunday, June 25: The first official day of the conference! Time to check in with registration if you haven't already. There are four symposiums to sample from during the day, from 8:30am to 4:30pm. The symposiums are a wonderful opportunity to connect with Oracle experts, product managers, and development leaders. Topics include APEX, BI, EPM, and Database. The symposiums are chock full of technical information and real world case studies. Traveling with the family? For the first time, there will be Kids' Labs on Sunday. The younger kids will learn how to create a very simple game or animation using Scratch and the older kids will learn to use Python to create a bit of magic in MineCraft. The fun for the adults on Sunday starts off at 6pm with the Welcome Fiesta. Enjoy Tex-Mex favorites and live entertainment while you network with your colleagues and experience the exhibitor hall.  Later on at night, the fun continues with Geek Game Night and  Werewolf, an interactive party game that has become a Kscope tradition. 
  • Scott DikkersMonday, June 26: Monday is the first full day of sessions. If you want to start off your morning with meditation, there will be Chi Gung at 7am each morning. The  General Session on Monday features keynote speaker and founder of The Onion, Scott Dikkers. There are five additional sessions during the day that run about an hour each on various track topics. By 5:30pm, you'll be ready to relax and enjoy the “Cowboy Campfire” Happy Hour before the Community events that start around 8pm. Join your fellow ODTUGers for Community Night events specific to APEX, BI, Database, and EPM to bond with your peers and make new friends. 
  • lunch and learn.jpgTuesday, June 27: Get ready for another busy day of great informational sessions! Before you begin your education for the day, cheer on your fellow Oracle enthusiasts at the ODTUG Kscope17 5K Fun Run.  In the afternoon, there will be a Lunch & Learn Panel. Gather with Oracle ACE Directors, Oracle ACEs, and Oracle ACE Associates from your track for an information-packed panel discussion and Q&A. After sessions end another Happy Hour will start, featuring a Puppy Therapy Lounge to help participants unwind. Tuesday is also the last chance to try Werewolf, a fun favorite of many past attendees! 
  • Wednesday, June 28:  One of the hottest events at the conference this year is the ODTUG Kscope17 Women in Technology Event. Join men and women on Wednesday at 12:15 PM for lunch, networking, and conversations surrounding workplace gender equality, workplace perception, work/life balance, and more.  After the final three conference sessions, get ready for a special night as ODTUG celebrates its 20th anniversary! Celebrate the last night of the conference and 20 years of ODTUG with fun, food, drinks and entertainment at the Sunset Station. 
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  • Deep dive.jpgThursday, June 29: The last day of the conference promises Deep Dives into each conference track from 9-11am. Get ready to dive deep into APEX, BI, Database, Essbase, EPM Infrastructure, Big Data and Data Warehousing, Financial Close, or Planning. Explore your track on a different level with the subject experts. The closing session runs from 11:15-noon.

Links:  Full Schedule at a Glance & Daily Events

Are you heading to San Antonio for ODTUG Kscope17? Meet up with TriCore! 

We're pumped to learn from some of the best Oracle Developers and experts in the business. Most importantly, we're excited about the opportunity to meet you! Click here and we'll find some time to grab coffee.

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