jOpenSpace 2009

OpenSpace is new format of conference or we should can it rather un-conference.

Last year I attended the first jOpenSpace conference organised by Srakyi and guys from Inmite. It was awesome experience. Last weekend I attended second year. The event happened in the same cottage "Jizerka" as the last year. It was weekend full of information about Java and technologies. There was also lot of fun etc.

Last year everybody took it too much seriously (it means we spent the whole weekend in room with beamer and talked about java) so I was little bit afraid that it could be the exact opposite way this year. I was really surprised. It seemed to me that organisers managed to find the right balance between the sessions and other relaxing activities. Breath taking was the set of lighting talks that followed the format "7 minutes is enough". Sometimes it was hard to explain the whole problem/solution/topic in 7 minutes. And because we had 2 rooms we split into two separated groups during the open space talks. Because we managed to keep all the talks in 7 minutes there was space for almost everybody to show something interesting about Java, programming or IT.

We relaxed in late evenings with beers however most of the discussions were about Java again. The most successful hands on lab from last year had to be repeated. IMO, everybody would agree that the "hands on wine" deserves to be repeated every year. And believe or not the location for next event should be a wine cellar (as the rumor sayz).
Jizerske mountains are nice place even if you got lost and have to cross Jizera river by foot. Fortunately, the river is born close to place were we took a "shortcut" and we were able to jump over it.

I definitely enjoyed the whole jOpenSpace again. I will not list the lighting talks and the openspace discussions here as you can find them on the conference pages - jOpenSpace.cz. The records from sessions will be published soon including audio and even video records!

My favourite talks and discussions were "Hands on wine", "Cloud Computing - next SOA?", "OpenSolaris - ssytem for operators", "What problems you should solve as first", "Scrum accessories", "PIM & google map" and definitely some others that I don't remember now ;)

I'm looking forward for next year. I will pray to java gods to invite me again as the un-conference is per invitation only. OTOH, there was a short call for papers. Watch the java.cz around April next year. Maybe there will be again some call for papers and you will be able to attend third year of jOpenSpace. Or I have even better idea - organise another un-conference by yourself ;)

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