This was the ninth annual pre-conference gathering of Java practitioners and cloud native developers on the Sunday evening before the start of Oracle OpenWorld / Java One-now-Code One. In a new twist this year, demo stations dotted the space, and attendees were able to catch up on the latest news about Jakarta EE, try their hand at playing Reversi, find out more about the Helidon project, see a WebLogic on Kubernetes demo, get the scoop on what Oracle is doing with Microservices, and track what the Serverless / Fn team is up to.
The usual suspects were present - Java User Group (JUG) leaders and Java Champions from around the world; Fabiane Nardon, Bruno Souza, Sven Reimers, Otavio De Santa, Roy Wasse, Hillmer Chona and Bert Breeman to name a few, plus a healthy showing of other modern technologists. Attendees hailed from 23 countries, and over 127 different companies and user groups were represented, including IBM, Red Hat, JetBrains, Tomitribe, Software AG, VMWare, Harvard, Microsoft, Well Fargo, Alibaba, Comcast, Google, Payara, Equifax, Sutter Health, NASA, Fujitsu, and many more.
The place was buzzing with news from a few of the stellar Oracle Startup Cloud Accelerator (OSCA) participants who were in attendance; it was great catching up with Peter Lilley of iGeolise and Sean Phillips of AI Solutions, to hear how their work is progressing.
Emily Tanaka-Delgado and the video crew captured some incisive interviews with a few attendees and demo station owners, plus some live action shots of the other activities - we will be sharing these soon!
Helidon project team
The Reversi game and demo station was buzzing with interest
The WebLogic on Kubernetes and Microservices team, Monica Riccelli and Maciej Gruszka
Two former CEOs, now on the Cloud Native Labs team at Oracle - Mies Hernandez van Leuffen (Wercker) and Chad Arimura (iron.io)
We filled a table full of GlassFish and other Java-related memorabilia from years past - stickers, hats, plushies, mugs, T shirts and more - all of it was scooped up in no time!
If you joined us, thanks for attending! And if you missed it, be sure to join us next year, or invite us to present at a meetup in your city!