Say Hello to JavaLand!

JavaLand is a new Java/JVM oriented conference happening in Germany from March 25 to 26, 2014. It covers Core Java, JVM languages, Enterprise Java, Tools, Software architecture, Security, Front-end technologies, and Trends around the complete Java/JVM ecosystem.

The conference is organized by the German Oracle User Group (DOAG e.V.) and supported by the iJUG (, the association of over 18 German-speaking JUGs in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. One of the interesting things about JavaLand is the venue -- the Phantasialand theme park ( The conference will be an opportunity for Java beginners and Java experts to experience two days in their own universe. Once arrived, you can spend two days at the Java Conference without having to leave the venue. Accommodation, food, fun and entertainment are all close by and provide plenty to enjoy.

I had the chance to talk to Markus Eisele (@myfear, who is the content chair for JavaLand about it in more detail.

How is Javaland different from all the other Java conferences, in Germany and the rest of the world?

First of all it is a brand new conference happening for the very first time. It was in the making for quite a while now and the biggest concern was about how to deliver added value the major conferences which are there already.

  • The first differentiation is that we're not commercially oriented. We decided to be community-driven on many levels and this paradigm influences everything around and inside the JavaLand.

  • Starting with low priced tickets and accommodation options, we also offer the chance to contribute to and experience the potential of Java with a bunch of "off schedule activities". The mandatory Hackergarden is just the beginning here. We also present an "Early Adopters Area" in which you can help with AdoptOpenJDK and AdoptAJSR projects.

  • If even that isn't enough, you get a chance to "Lambdafy Your Project". Just bring your source and the community works with you to upgrade it to the latest and greatest. The "Innovation Lab" focuses on latest devices and the integration with Java. And of course you will have a chance to meet representatives from all the German JUGs organized in the iJUG on the venue in the User Group CafĂ©.
What else is there to expect from JavaLand?

We have all the big names! No kidding. We have plenty of well known international names like Arun Gupta, Heinz Kabutz, Andrew Lee Rubinger but also national speakers on the schedule. A packed two day conference with a bunch of interesting sessions going on in parallel.

I can promise that you will be continually struggling to find the one and only schedule for you, since there will be so many options!

We can offer attractive content to every Java developer regardless of his or her skill. Starting with students and beginners onto experienced developers. Looking at the attendee registration and affiliated countries it looks like the first JavaLand attracts mostly German speaking attendees. The content will be very mixed and also English speaking.

You will have plenty of opportunities to interact with speakers and peers in a more direct way compared to other conferences if you decide on taking advantage out of the many community activities. And yes... JavaLand happens in a theme park, so expect some attractions! Work hard - play hard. And a community evening. And very nice hotels and coffee. Plenty of coffee  And don't forget to bring your excitement.

There's still time to register! What are you waiting for?

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Geertjan Wielenga (@geertjanw) is a Principal Product Manager in the Oracle Developer Tools group living & working in Amsterdam. He is a Java technology enthusiast, evangelist, trainer, speaker, and writer. He blogs here daily.

The focus of this blog is mostly on NetBeans (a development tool primarily for Java programmers), with an occasional reference to NetBeans, and sometimes diverging to topics relating to NetBeans. And then there are days when NetBeans is mentioned, just for a change.


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