What to expect at Oracle OpenWorld 2017

What to expect from the five day Oracle OpenWorld, with everything from keynotes to live sessions.


Oracle OpenWorld, the global cloud computing giant's annual conference, is set to kick off for another year on Sunday 1 October. The event runs until Thursday 5 October.

Like last year, the conference will be held at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco over the five-day week.


The conference, which has been described as the biggest IT event in the world, is expected to welcome over 60,000 people this year, following an attendance of almost 60,000 in 2016.

There will be over 2,500 sessions held across the five days; these will include live keynotes and general sessions across different topics and sectors to suit different interests.

Oracle has released an updated schedule for Oracle OpenWorld. It includes all necessary information such as speakers and the agenda.

How to live stream sessions

For those unable to attend Oracle OpenWorld 2017, there will be an option to tune in to watch all events live and on demand.

What to expect

Oracle OpenWorld

This year Oracle will completely restructure its usual conference strategy with the addition of new sessions to help company's bring new business plans to life. These will include sessions based on cutting edge technology such as deep learning.

"This expanded agenda brings together Oracle product and solution expert sessions and customer stories that feature different paths to cloud and how attendees can accelerate value and innovation with their Oracle solutions," says Jeb Dasteel, SVP and CCO of Oracle.

The new sessions will be centred around a fresh collaboration between Oracle and the Stanford Center for Design Research, which aims to deliver collective learning opportunities.

The sessions will be delivered under names such as 'Brain Snacks' and 'Make your Case'.

In an interview with Forbes, Tamara Carleton, researcher and instructor at Stanford, said the new sessions have been designed to "fully embody this notion of collective learning...they are engaging, hands-on, and put the speaker into more of a coaching role."

The five-day event will kick off with an opening keynote led by Oracle's CTO and executive chairman Larry Ellison, who is expected to provide insight on the next-generation of Oracle Cloud across software-as-a-service (SaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and logging-as-a-service (LaaS).

It is also promised that the SVP and GM of Intel's Software and Services Group, Doug Fisher, will join Ellison on stage to discuss the importance of data and its position at the forefront of all enterprises.

This should also provide an opportunity for attendees to get an insight on how both Oracle and Intel maintain the pace of technology innovation through cloud computing in the enterprise.

On day two of the event, the first keynote will be delivered by Oracle CEO Mark Hurd, who will discuss the expected transformation of companies moving to the cloud. This is what the company describes as "transformational and foundational to the future of business, driving the ability to connect with customers and provide experiences never before imagined".

Throughout the five days, there will also be seventeen startups from across the world that will showcase their digital innovation.

They include UK-based startup GRAKN.AI, whose CEO and founder Haikal Pribadi says: "It’s an exciting time to be in right now, as the next generation of technological breakthroughs will all be powered by artificial intelligence-driven systems built with large and complex data."

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