The annual International Oracle User Group (IOUC) Leader's Conference was held this week in at Oracle in Redwood Shores, California. The conference provides three days of learning, networking, sharing, and collaboration about user groups. It also fosters better communication between user group leaders and Oracle. Java User Group leaders from around the world got updates on Java from Oracle experts, discussed the status of Java, the JCP, and programs such as Adopt-A-JSR.
The Java Spotlight podcast was recorded one day during lunch. Roger Brinkley interviewed John Yeary (Greenvile, South Carolina JUG), Badr El Houari (Morocco JUG), Ben Evans (London Java Community), Daniel deOliveira (Brasília Java Users Group), Rajmahendra (Raj) Hegde (Chennai JUG), and Frank Greco (New York City JUG). Listen to the podcast to hear JUG leaders discuss their JUGs, how to increase JUG member involvement, challenges, and Java's value proposition for Oracle.
At one of the keynotes, Daniel deOliveira (aka "Dr. JUG") presented a personalized Brazilian soccer jersey to Arun Gupta for his help with his research project. Dr. JUG's project is a web-based survey designed to determine the characteristics that define the success or failure of a users group. Learn more about his project at http://drjug.inf.br/. You too can win your own personalized soccer jersey by helping!
Raj Hegde of the Chennai JUG came looking for ways to get more JUG members to attend JavaOne India (May 3-4 in Hyderabad), and got some good ideas and connections. Badr El Houari of the Morocco JUG said "For me, this summit has been a huge success!" IOUC Summit presentations will be made available to all JUG leaders, ask your local JUG leader for information.