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It's not often you get a chance to do an around-the-world journey, but thanks to Oracle Code and the wonderful Oracle Developer Community team that I am a part of, I got to do just that. Three Oracle Code events, Code Israel, Code Beijing, and Code Sydney.


Oracle Code Israel, took place outside Tel Aviv in a place called Rishon LeTsiyon on July 11. We had over 400+ attendees.


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Special thanks to Ilan Spiegelman, Oracle Marketing Director who made our entry a breeze at Ben Gurion airport. I was joined in Tel Aviv with my programs colleagues Linda Bronson and Jennifer Nicholson. We had dinner with Oracle ACEs in Jaffa. Great event, great people, and great food.


Oracle Code events like this are back to back;  you arrive, setup on the next day, have the Code Event the following day, and leave the day after. Then it was on to Beijing. We arrived early on the day of the setup July 13, at the China World Hotel. Our newest team member Jim Grisanzio based in Osaka joined us for the setup. He also took a lot of great behind the scenes pics which I was able to share in the video mashup (below).

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It was hot and humid, but being in a mega-city like Beijing with over 20 million people was an incredible experience. The event was on Friday July 14, we had over 650 attendees and an additional get this, 340,000 online viewers watching eg the keynote and other sessions. Chris Richardson's  keynote  "There's No Such Thing as a Microservice!" was a big hit.

For Saturday morning, Jennifer had asked me if I was interested to visit The Great Wall. I went along and Tony (Weihong) Chen from the Oracle Beijing office, kindly took the morning and drove us to the outskirts of Bejing and gave us an amazing tour of the wall. It is truly breath-taking, and I owe Jen who I tagged along with and Tony for ever for a memorable experience.



Our Qantas flight from Beijing to Sydney got delayed to Sunday morning, but fortunately we still had enough margin for Code Sydney on July 18. We had approximately 200 attendees at a very cool venue, Doltone House Darling Island in Sydney. Here the Program team was led by Martha Hess along with Jen and I. At each venue the program team and myself get to do the setup (and tear down) of all the demos., including the Cloud Coffee Demo, the Cloud CNC Demo, and the 3D Printer. The Events team with Margo Davis, Doug Meloth, Christiana Sabene, make the whole event work like clockwork, plus other folks like Laura Harbison and team from Ovation make it all happen. There are so many folks who help make Oracle Code happen, it's hard to name everyone, but just to acknowledge that it takes a lot of planning and execution so hats off to everyone who helped make it happen from the organizers to the attendees. We are close to the finish line for this year.




Sydney reminded me the most of home, that is the San Francisco Bay Area. It was a strange experience even though it being July, it was winter in Australia, cool but not cold.

The last leg of the trip was from Sydney to San Francisco. You leave at 10:30am on a United flight and arrive the same day at 7:00am, how good is that? A great trip but great to be back home.  One of the key takeaways is no matter where you go in the world there is community of Developers who were really happy for Oracle to setup a free and useful event like Oracle Code.

I look forward to seeing you at another Code event (maybe Seoul) and if not at Open World 2017.

Below is a video mashup of our around the world trek.