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August 15-18, 2021
The Diplomat Beach Resort
Hollywood, FL, USA
#Ascend2021
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This August, the Oracle user community will gather for a new event: Ascend 2021.

Ascend will bring together two of Oracle’s largest, most vibrant user groups, OATUG and OHUG, for a new event experience that offers high-value, unique opportunities for those who participate in-person while also making key and core aspects of the event available to those only able to join online.

Submit Your Presentation Proposal

The In-Person Attendee Experience

Those participating in person will enjoy fresh air and luxury, beachfront-style at The Diplomat Beach Resort, a short drive from the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Outdoors, we’ll host meals and events that take full advantage of ocean vistas and beachy breezes as this community reconnects, re-energizes and solidifies strategies to accelerate success.

Indoors, we’ll apply public safety protocols while facilitating the face-to-face interaction that our community is craving. The tradeshow floor will be streamlined for socially distanced but impactful interactions. We’ll have spacious seating in our breakout rooms with additional mobile view-it-anywhere options to accommodate overflow and attendee preferences.

New to this event: We’ll offer facilitated small group discussions on a variety of topics designed for more in-depth dialogue — a level of engagement only available in person.

The Online Attendee Experience

Our online-only participants will have access to live-streamed and recorded sessions. Our event app will allow them to connect with sponsors, exhibitors, speakers and attendees for networking, Q&A sessions, and virtual meet ups.

New to this event: We’ll host an international experience that brings live content worldwide for our global online audience as part of our event kick-off.

Of course, this all begins with great content: your presentations of case studies, lessons learned, and proven practices.

Not sure you’ll be able to join us in person? While we will give priority to in-person presenters, there will be ample opportunities to present virtually during Ascend or at other online events. Please submit your presentation proposal even if you are unsure if you’ll be able to travel.

Together, we can help each other succeed. Do you have personal experience with the OATUG tracks: Oracle E-Business Suite, On-Prem EPM/Hyperion, EPM Cloud, ERP Cloud, Analytics, BI, SCM Cloud, CX Cloud, Emerging Technologies, or Professional Development, or with the OHUG tracks: HCM Cloud, Peoplesoft, HCM EBS, Taleo, or Learn? Share your lessons learned and proven practices during an education session at Ascend 2021.

Presenters Should:

  • Have personal experience with the subject matter as an Oracle Applications User or incorporate the perspective and first-hand experience of a User into the presentation.
  • Commit to actively participating in the event before, during, and after Ascend 2021 to engage with fellow presenters and registrants, answer questions, and share knowledge, both face-to-face and virtually.
  • Commit to sharing and promoting Ascend 2021 within their networks.

It’s simple to apply

  1. Determine if you are a User Speaker or an Associate Speaker:
    • User Speakers

      Individuals who work for a company/organization that utilizes at least one (1) Oracle product or service in a business capacity, and does not re-sell services, support, Oracle products, or complimentary products to its customers.

    • Associate Speakers

      Individuals who work for a company that sells to Oracle Users products, services, support, or other complimentary offerings to Oracle products or services. Regardless of your business use of Oracle products, if you meet any of the Associate Speaker criteria, you are an Associate.

  2. Review the Ascend 2021 Education Tracks.
  3. Consider your topic and how it addresses users’ educational needs.
  4. Complete the application form no later than Friday, March 5, 2021, which comprises biographical information plus:
    • Your presentation title; please see Title, Abstract, and Naming Rules
    • A short description (abstract) of your proposed session (520 characters or less)
    • At least three (3) Learning Objectives
    • An overview of your experience with the subject matter
  5. Submit a Presentation Proposal

Benefits of Presenting

User Speakers receive a deeply discounted registration rate of $195* — savings of over $1,000! Your speaker pass includes access to all breakout sessions, keynotes, conference meals, and networking events. We will give preference to those who can present on-site. If you are unable to travel but are selected to present virtually, the speaker registration rate will be waived.

Exhibiting or Sponsoring Associate Speakers not registering with a pass included with their exhibit or sponsorship package will receive a deeply discounted registration rate of $395*. Your speaker pass will include access to all breakout sessions, keynotes, conference meals, and official OATUG/OHUG networking events. If you are presenting virtually, the speaker registration fee will be waived.

  • Your company must have a signed contract submitted for Ascend 2021 at the time of presentation proposal review to be considered an Exhibiting/Sponsoring Partner.
  • Contracts for Ascend 2021 can be with either of the hosting user groups (OATUG or OHUG), regardless of your user group speaking assignment.

Non-Exhibitor/Sponsor Associate Speakers receive a deeply discounted registration rate of $395* for Ascend, which includes access to all breakout sessions, keynotes, conference meals, and official OATUG/OHUG networking events.

  • Speakers whose companies become an Exhibitor/Sponsor Partner may be eligible to receive a full registration refund prior to June 28, 2021. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

*You must book your hotel in the Ascend housing block to receive these great rates. Prices here reflect a $300 discount for booking within our rooming block.

Guidelines

We welcome all great ideas! Applicants may submit an unlimited number of presentation proposals during the call for presentations. However, to preserve a balanced perspective and eliminate bias in our educational agenda, we do have some limitations on the number of presentations that will ultimately be selected:

  • Up to two presentations will be selected per presenter conference-wide.
  • A panel is not included in these limitations; you may participate in as many panels as you’d like.
  • Please see the rules and guidelines for how many presentations can be accepted:
    • Priority will be given to speakers who can travel to Ascend 2021 in Hollywood, Florida August 15-18.
    • Priority is given to OATUG and OHUG members, as members are the heart of our year-round community. You can check with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make sure your employer is a current member. You must maintain membership through August 2021.
    • If your organization is not currently a User or Associate Member of OATUG or OHUG, your organization will be restricted to only one selected presentation for Ascend 2021.
    • Organizations that are OATUG/OHUG user members or associate members exhibiting/sponsoring at Ascend 2021 may have up to three presentations selected for the conference. You must maintain membership through August 2021 to maintain eligibility for more than one presentation.
    • Organizations that are OATUG/OHUG associate members but NOT exhibiting/sponsoring at Ascend 2021 will be restricted to only one accepted presentation selected for the conference.
    • An OATUG Individual Member (whether User or Associate) may have only one presentation selected. If an Individual Member is an employee of a non-member organization, the organization will be subject to the limit of one selected presentation for Ascend 2021. You must maintain membership through August 2021.
  • Education rooms are a marketing-free zone. Sales pitches, marketing materials, signage, and product demos are not permitted. Ascend 2021 offers Vendor Awareness Sessions for this purpose.

Presentation Submission Deadline

To qualify for discounted conference registration, the PowerPoint presentation for each selected session must be submitted no later than July 8, 2021. We encourage speakers to add detailed notes within PowerPoint’s speaker view so that those viewing the file later will be able to discern your presentation’s important points without listening to the session recording. This will maximize the reach and impact of your presentation.

Oracle Employee Presenters

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Oracle employees interested in speaking at Ascend can submit a proposal via the Call for Presentations or speak to your Oracle Product Lead and inform them you would like to present at Ascend 2021.

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are unsure who your product lead is.

Vendor Awareness Sessions

Reach a targeted audience of customers by sponsoring a Vendor Awareness Session in a meeting room near the education sessions. Deliver a 60-minute showcase of how your product or service solves the current challenges faced by Oracle Users. A lead retrieval unit captures attendance details for post-event marketing efforts.

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if interested.

Important Dates

  • Friday, March 5, 2021: Call for Presentations Closes
  • Week of April 19, 2021: Accepted Presenters Notified
  • Friday, May 14, 2021: Deadline for completing the conference registration process
  • July 8th, 2021: Papers and Presentations Due
  • August 15-18, 2021: Attend Ascend 2021 at the Diplomat Resort in Hollywood, Florida

Questions?

If you have questions about speaking at Ascend 2021 or the call for presentations, please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..