Tuesday Jul 15, 2014

Hackergarten at JavaOne 2014!

"Hackergarten is a craftman's workshop to create software, improve documentation, or better educational materials for others to use." explains Andres Almiray. Andres will run an open source Hackergarten at JavaOne this year.

Seasoned and new contributors are invited to participate. Veteran committers will be onsite to help developers contribute to open source projects. During JavaOne, the topics will include Java EE, Java SE, Lambdas, OpenJDK, JavaFX and Java Embedded. 


In this video, he describes the Devoxx UK Hackergarten that took place last June



In this video, Andres and Reimers explain the Hackergarten at Devoxx Belgium last Fall.




If you can't wait for JavaOne to hack away, check the many Hackergarten events planned this summer.


Monday Jun 30, 2014

Announcing the IoT Developer Challenge Winners!

Oracle Technology Network and Oracle Academy are proud to announce the winners of the IoT Developer Challenge.

Social media meets robotics. Domotics meets office design and horticulture. PINs meet voice recognition. Voting gets RFiDed. All of them making the Internet of Things come true. And, of course, built with the Java platform at the center of Things.  


The 2014 IoT Developer Challenge Winners
(Three professional projects followed by three student projects) 
  • Smart Greenhouse Project, a full-featured, automated greenhouse to grow indoor plants, developed by Dzmitry Yasevich, Pavel Vervenko, and Vladimir Redzhepov from Belarus 
  • Bot-So, a smart social robot interacting with you via Twitter, developed by  Debraj Dutta, Tapas Bose, and Avinaba Majumder from India 
  • Lhings Connected Table, an innovative design for shared office space, developed by David Peñuela, Jose Pereda and Jose Antonio Lorenzo from Spain 
  • ePot Smart Gardening, a new concept of indoor gardening, developed by Mohamed Khalil Zendah, Mohamed El Mahdi, Bouzaiane, and Mahdi Attia from Tunisia 
  • Voice Access, a voice recognition system for authentication, developed by Viatcheslav Shkurichev, Maria Chernichenko, and Sergey Chernackij from Russia 
  • JCon Rates, a conference voting system, developed by Aboullaite Mohammed, Abdessamad Amzerin, and Nisrine Jafri from Morocco
Congratulations to the Winners!  The three professional teams and the first place student team won a trip to JavaOne. Mingle with them at JavaOne from September 28 to October 2, 2014 

Thanks to all of you for participating and supporting the Challenge!  

Wednesday Jun 18, 2014

JavaOne 2014 Content Catalog Live!

Start checking out JavaOne content now to plan your week at the conference. Then, you’ll be ready to sign up for all of your sessions when the scheduling tool goes live. This year, you can choose from over 500 technical sessions, BOFs, tutorials, and hands-on labs. Note that "agile development" has its own track this year. With the release of Java 8 this spring, the core Java platform track will a lot of Java 8 content. Take a look at tracks which include:

  • Client and UI
  • Core Java Platform  
  • Internet of Things  
  • Java and Security 
  • Tools and Techniques 
  • Server-Side
  • Java in the Cloud
  • Agile Development 

In the Content Catalog you can search on tracks, session types, session categories, keywords, and tags. Or, you can search for your favorite speakers to see what they’re presenting this year. And, directly from the catalog, you can share sessions you’re interested in with friends and colleagues through a broad array of social media channels.

Thursday May 15, 2014

Win a Trip to JavaOne

There are two weeks left to enter the IoT Developer Challenge! This is your chance to win one of 12 JavaOne trips. Submit a project video and the code of an Java Embedded application using any boards, devices, IoT technology like sensors, lights, camera, and more. The final deadline is May 30.

Here's how to enter
  1. Create a well-implemented, innovative and useful application using Java Embedded with devices, boards or other IoT technologies.
  2. Make a video presenting your project.
  3. Fill out the Submission Form with links to your video and code. 
The projects will be judged based on quality of implementation, innovation and usefulness
  • Quality: a well-implemented project with working code and that uses Oracle Java Embedded with computer boards, devices or IoT technologies
  • Innovation: a new and innovative way of using Java Embedded
  • Usefulness: a project that meets a business need
Prizes will be awarded in two categories: professional and student. They include paid team trips to JavaOne 2014 for a 
Professional category – 3 winning teams 
  •  A winning team receives prizes for up to 3 members
  •  Prize: JavaOne pass + up to $2,000USD for flight and hotel  (Hilton – SF)
Student category – 3 winning teams  prizes sponsored by Oracle Academy 
  •  1st prize: JavaOne pass + up to $2,000 USD for flight and hotel 
  •  2nd & 3rd prize: A laptop and a certification voucher 
Key Dates: 
  • Submission deadline is May 30, 2014
  • Winners announced June 30, 2014
  • JavaOne, San Francisco 2014 from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2, 2014
For more details, visit www.java.net/challenge

Thursday Dec 05, 2013

Congrats to the 2013 JavaOne Rock Stars!

By guest blogger: JavaOne Content Chair Stephen Chin

Each year at JavaOne we recognize the best speakers of the conference as voted on by attendees through the surveys.  This year the overall reviews given by attendees were higher on average, so I guess we did something right with the content…  :)  However, it also means the criteria for getting awarded a JavaOne Rock Star was even more difficult.

Here are all the folks who made the cut, and were the best-of-the-best at the JavaOne 2013 event.  Give them a virtual round of applause (I linked to their twitter handles to make this even easier to do):


To see all the JavaOne Rock Stars past and present, visit the JavaOne Rock Star Wall of Fame page.

And a new year begins…  we are just starting planning for JavaOne 2014, so I hope you are looking forward to the new content!

Wednesday Oct 23, 2013

Oracle’s Java Community Outreach Plan

As the steward of Java, Oracle recognizes the importance and value of the Java community, and the relevant role it plays in keeping Java the largest, most vibrant developer community in the world.  

In order to increase Oracle’s touch with Java developers worldwide, we are shifting our focus from a flagship JavaOne event followed by several regional JavaOne conferences, to a new outreach model which continues with the JavaOne flagship event, as well as a mix of online content, regional Java Tours, and regional 3rd party event participation. 

1. JavaOne

  • JavaOne continues to remain the premier hub for Java developers where you are given the opportunity to improve your Java technical skills, and interact with other members of the Java community. JavaOne is centered on open collaboration and sharing, and Oracle will continue to invest in JavaOne as a unique stand-alone event for the Java community.
  • Oracle recognizes that many developers cannot attend JavaOne in person, therefore Oracle will share the wealth of the unique event material to those developers through a new and easy-to-access online Java program. While online JavaOne content cannot address the importance of actual face-to-face community/developer engagements and networking, online content does aide in extending the Java technical learning opportunity to a broader collection of developers.
2. Java Developer Day Tours
  • Oracle will execute regional Java Developer Days with recognized Java User Groups (JUGs) with participation from Java Evangelist and Java Champions. This allows local, regional specific Java topics to be addressed both by Oracle and the Java community.
  • In addition, Oracle will deliver more virtual technical content programs to reach developers where an existing JUG may not have a presence.
3. Sponsorship of Community-Driven Regional Events/Conferences
  • Oracle also recognizes that improved community dialog and relations are achievable by continued Oracle sponsorship and onsite participation at both established/well-recognized 3rd party events and new emerging/growing 3rd party events.

Oracle’s ultimate goal is to be an even better steward for Java by reaching more of the Java ecosystem with face-to-face and online community engagements. We look forward to planning tours and events with you, members of the Java community.

Friday Oct 18, 2013

NightHacking with James Gosling

Java Evangelist Stephen Chin is back on the road for a new NightHacking Tour. He is meeting with James Gosling at Kona, Hawaii, the launch base of the Wave Glider. The Glider is an aquatic robot which communicates real-time data from the surface of the ocean. It runs on an ARM chip using Java SE Embedded. 

"During this broadcast we will show some of the footage of his aquatic robots, talk through the technologies he is hacking on daily, and do Q&A with folks on the live chat" explains Stephen Chin. 

Sign up for the live stream on Wednesday, October 23rd at: 

8AM Hawaii Time
11AM PST
2PM EST
20:00 CET

Follow @nighthackingtv for the next Nighthacking events

Wednesday Oct 02, 2013

A JavaOne Success Story: The Java Embedded Challenge

The Java Embedded Challenge for Raspberry Pi this year was a first at JavaOne. For 3 days, attendees built Java Embedded applications using sensors, Raspberry Pis, Arduinos, a Gemalto board, and a Beagle board.[Read More]

Wednesday Sep 25, 2013

Session Report: Is It a Car? Is It a Computer? No, It’s a Raspberry Pi JavaFX Informatics System

Master showman Simon Ritter showed how to integrate computers into your car to build a “carputer”.[Read More]

Friday Sep 20, 2013

Women of Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne!

“Find your path, set it on fire- so bright that people not only want to see the flames, they want to walk in your footsteps before they cool…” is the message to women the organizers states for those events

The two sessions aim at giving attendees ideas to accomplish their goals, empower them to do more, build profession connections and more. 

The organizers and guest speakers have successful careers combining business and technical knowhow. They are: 
Kellyn Pot’Vin, Sr. Technical Consultant, Enkitec, (moderator for both sessions)
Debra Lilley, Principal Consultant at Fujitsu, ACED
Michelle Malcher, DBA Team Lead at DRW Holdings, ACED
Vanessa Simmons, Director of Business Development at the Pythian Group
Gwen Shapira, Solutions Architect at Cloudera, ACED
Amy Caldwell, Oracle Apps Development and EBS at Chick-fil-a
Sarah Zumbrum, Oracle Certified Lead Architect at Finit Solutions
Heli Helskyaho, CEO at Miracle Finland, ACE


Don't miss their two sessions next Monday at 10:00am and Tuesday at 3:00pm!

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