Geertjan's Blog

  • March 3, 2014

Say Hello to JavaLand!

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager

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 (http://www.ijug.eu/), 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
(http://www.javaland.eu/en/location.html). 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, blog.eisele.net)
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 Café.
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

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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