#ODTUG Kaleidoscope 2010 First 2 Days – guest columnist John King

ODTUG Board Member John King contributes the following blog post on the first couple of days of ODTUG Kaleidoscope 2010.

“Rah-rah Ron Brown Rockets! ODTUG Kaleidoscope‘s 2010 community project enhancedRon Brown Middle School in the Deanwood section of Washington DC. Volunteers worked organizing the library (some books about computers were dated from the 1970′s!), landscaping (pretty flowers!), and painting the playground’s basketball and other game courts. It was a hot but satisfying day; plenty of water was on hand and we were rewarded at lunchtime with pizza! Finally, we mounted a custom ODTUG-volunteer created sign on the playground that spells out “Ron Brown Rockets” in bright colors that can be seen clearly from far away. Great job all! Many of us finished the afternoon watching theWorld Cup in the hotel bar after cooling off in a shower and changing clothes. ODTUG Kaleidoscope is international (33 countries represented this year) so the USA-Ghana match had vocal supporters on both sides; we had a great time!

Kaleidoscope’s FREE Sunday symposiums were busy with lots of interesting and entertaining discussions. ODTUGgers learned about APEX, Hyperion/Essbase, SOA, and Web architecture in a busy day of learning. Tonight’s opening reception offers a “battle of the bands” where ODTUGgers from around the world (33 countries represented at ODTUG Kaleidoscope this year) use the supplied instruments to demonstrate musical talents.

Monday’s keynote was  the “Future of the Internet and its Social Impact” keynote by Lee Rainie, Director of the PEW Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. We’ll also be looking forward to a visit from the Oracle “Java Bus” as it makes its journey around the US.”

Thanks for this, John!

More on Monday in  a later post.  Whew!  The week has just started…

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