SAN FRANCISCO -- As Oracle OpenWorld 2011 closes, it might be fun to take a look at what it took to put a conference of this scale to work.
CEO Larry Ellison noted in his opening keynote speech on Sunday evening that this year's expo welcomed 45,000 attendees from 117 countries at San Francisco's downtown Moscone Center conference complex -- making it the largest Oracle OpenWorld yet. Being here, I have to admit that the entire event was overwhelming at first, with shades of the enormity of CES in Las Vegas every year.
So here's a snapshot of some of the overall conference stats:
To build Oracle OpenWorld, a union crew worked over 20,000 man-hours before the first session began on Sunday, October 2nd, with a road crew tacking on another 600 hours before the show started. Once the expo kicked off, on-site staff logged approximately 4,500 hours, which is equivalent to one person working for a half of a year straight.
With a conference of this size -- especially in San Francisco -- keeping the environment in mind needs to be a top priority. Something has to make up for consuming more than one million watts of electricity for audio, video and lighting. Here's how Oracle did:
While it took crews about four days to set up OpenWorld, it will take 500 hours to tear everything down from the largest hall at the conference center alone.