Oracle ACE Program
Oracle ACE Program Newsletter
May 2019
ACE Spotlight
Ruben Rodriguez
Ruben Rodriguez
Get to know Oracle ACE Director Ruben Rodriguez, Cloud and  Mobile Solution Specialist at Avanttic in Madrid, Spain.
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Jennifer Nicholson
Oracle ACE Program News
by Jennifer Nicholson
Senior Manager, Oracle Developer Advocacy Programs
It’s Back! Oracle ACE Program Newsletter 2.0 + New Blog + ACE Spotlight Video
We took a break, but the Oracle ACE Program Newsletter has returned. The updated newsletter now focuses on for-ACEs-only program news. Your activities will now be promoted in the new ACEs in Action Blog.

The monthly ACE Member Spotlight will now be produced as a video that will be featured in the newsletter and posted on the blog, so that members will get wider exposure.

Bob Rhubart is our new newsletter editor and Oracle ACE blog master (Thank you, Bob!!!).

The blog will be updated twice each week based on activities reported to the Groundbreakers Review app. So it's important that you report your activities regularly and often --  ideally weekly, but at least monthly if you want your contributions to be included in the blog. Note that it is important to report speaking engagements in advance so we can help to promote those events.

Bob will publish a list of Kscope speakers on the blog based on information that he pulls from the review app, so please make sure you enter your presentations soon so you are included.
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Yearly Reviews
All activities reported in the Oracle ACE review app must be up to date by May 15, 2019 if you want to be reviewed to receive the award for the next period (June 1, 2019 - May 31, 2020). Note that we have 500 members to review, so all of your activities must be entered no later than May 15th. Please let me know if you have questions, and use the link below to report your activities. 

We review each entry and adjust points when necessary. If we increase or decrease the amount of points assigned, we'll add an explantation in the comments field. 

We understand that career paths and interests change, so please email me if you already know you wish to move to Alumni.  
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Call for Papers Oracle Groundbreakers Yatra Tour
Have you ever wanted to visit India? Would you like to present to an audience of over 1,500 attendees? If so, submit your Groundbreakers Yatra Tour session proposals by May 10. 
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Kscope 2019 Oracle ACE Program Activities
I’m looking forward to seeing you at the ACE Program dinner at Kscope on June 25th. Click here to RSVP no later than June 13.

Oracle ACE and ACE Director Briefing
Planning is underway for an Oracle ACE and ACE Director Briefing at Kscope on Tuesday during the vendor sessions. Several Oracle product managers are speaking at Kscope (a list is available here). If you would like any of these managers to present at the briefing, please email me their names by May 10th. I am planning to have 2-3 speakers. 

Nominations for Kscope Attendees
Thanks to those who have already let me know that you have nominated an ACE candidate who will attend Kscope. If you have nominated  a Kscope attendee/speaker, please email me by May 31 so I can add them to my Kscope review list. 

Community Service Day
The Oracle Groundbreakers team is once again sponsoring the Kscope Community Service Day on Saturday, June 22nd. The community service event is one of my favorite conference activities of the year and I hope to see many ACEs there.

Groundbreakers Live Interviews
Bob Rhubart will be conducting Groundbreakers Live interviews at Kscope. If you are interested in doing one of these interviews, or in doing a 2 Minute Tech Tip, please contact
Oracle OpenWorld Update
We are already planning fun things for you at Oracle OpenWorld! Here are some tentative dates to help you with your own planning:

Saturday, Sept 14: Oracle ACE Director Briefing
Sunday, Sept 15: Groundbreaker Ambassador Briefing
Sunday, Sept. 15: Oracle ACE dinner
September 16-18: Volunteer in Groundbreakers Hub

We have arranged a block of hotel rooms for Associates, ACEs, and ACE Directors who will self-pay. The cost is approximately $400 per night (taxes included). I will provide you with a booking code in a separate email in May. Speaker acceptance emails for Oracle OpenWorld should go out around the 2nd/3rd week of May. I am finalizing the details for the ACE Director room block and will send those details in a separate email.

If you need a self-pay hotel room, enter all your contributions in the ACE Review app by May 15, 2019 and then notify me by email. I will then put you on the list to receive the booking code. We have a limited number of rooms and they will be distributed in the order in which email requests are received. 

Oracle ACE and ACE Director Briefing
Planning is underway for an ACE Director Briefing on Saturday, September 14th.

Please complete the survey by May 26th on who you would like to present and the topics you would like to be covered at the ACE Director Briefing. The agenda last year was built entirely on the feedback I received from those who filled out the survey, so please make sure you complete it! We are planning (subject to approvals) to provide two nights hotel support to Oracle ACE Directors who attend the entire ACE Director Briefing and volunteer in the Groundbreakers Hub.
New Oracle ACE/Groundbreakers Public Directory
We recently launched a new Oracle ACE and Groundbreaker Ambassador directory.

If you want to include a link directly to your directory listing from LinkedIn, your blog, presentation, etc., just follow the format below and substitute your first and last names:

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My Oracle Support
We are looking for volunteers to share their experience with Oracle Support. We want to showcase real-life stories about how your expertise and know-how combined with responses from My Oracle Support and Product Development to solve challenging technical problems. Content can be in the form of blogs, podcasts, and videos, and will count towards your program points accruement.

If you are interested in helping, please contact me for additional details:
ACEs in Action
The ACEs in Action blog regularly publishes updates on the latest ACE content and activities, including articles, blogs, videos, upcoming presentations, and more. Here are some recent headlines:
bullet Presentation Persuasion: Calls for Proposals for Upcoming Events
bullet Latest Blog Posts from Oracle ACEs: April 14-20
bullet Oracle ACEs at APEX Connect 2019, May 7-9 in Bonn
bullet Latest Blog Posts from Oracle ACEs: April 7-13
bullet Latest Blog Posts from Oracle ACEs: March 31 - April 6
bullet Latest ACE Technical Articles: March 2019
bullet Upcoming ACE-Organized Meet-Ups, April-May 2019
bullet Latest Blog Posts from Oracle ACEs: March 24-30, 2019
bullet Oracle ACE Program: A High-Five for New Members and Category Climbers
bullet ACE Program Members Deliver Sessions at Collaborate 2019 in San Antonio
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