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Encompassing nearly 1 million square feet today, Moscone Center—San Francisco’s largest convention center—opened in 1981 and played host to the 1984 Democratic Convention.
Imagine this: When Oracle was still called Relational Software Inc. (RSI), about 50 attendees from a dozen or so companies gathered in a small, windowless room at the San Francisco Grand Hyatt for the first International Oracle Users Week (actually just three days, August 23–25).
After the inaugural event in San Francisco, the International Oracle Users Week (IOUW) went on tour; our ears are still ringing.
Oracle hosted IOUW at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco with nearly 500 attendees and two exhibitors. During the conference, a general user meeting was held, and the International Oracle Users Group (IOUG) was formed.
During IOUW in Philadelphia, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison announced via satellite that beginning in 1996 Oracle would take control of the conference, call it Oracle OpenWorld, and host it in California.
Oracle OpenWorld ‘96 featured 420 sessions and 17,200 visitors at San Francisco’s Moscone Center.
In addition to San Francisco, many other world-class cities have hosted their own Oracle OpenWorld conferences. Beijing, Copenhagen, Paris, São Paulo, Tokyo, and more have welcomed Oracle OpenWorld and added their international flavor to it.
No, you’re not hallucinating and that’s not a typo. For two years (’02 and ‘03), the annual conference was simply called OracleWorld. Have you heard people talking about OracleWorld since 2003?
Original Article: Timecapsule: Flashbacks: Culture. Industry. Oracle. Oracle Magazine.