The Chicago Coder Conference 2015 was held on May 14-15. The conference is locally organized by the community including the Chicago JUG, which is why it was important for us to support the event. If you are a Chicago based developer, you should definitely consider the event. The event is somewhat Java leaning but also has great presence from the web, .NET, database, etc communities.
I started the conference with a talk on JMS 2. Besides covering JMS 2, I've also started to roll in some of the possibilities for JMS 2.1. The slides for the talk are posted below (click here if you can't see the embedded slide deck):
I am very grateful to have some excellent support from Chicago based Java EE advocate Josh Juneau at the conference. He presented a very good talk covering what's coming in Java EE 8. Normally this is a talk that our team winds up presenting at conferences but it is always far better if the community can help us get the word out just as Josh did at the Chicago Coder Conference. If you wanted to do the same, for example at your JUG, I will be happy to get you any support that you need. That is the reason we have the source PPT with detailed speaker notes posted on SlideShare.
Josh's slide deck is posted below (click here if you can't see the embedded slide deck). As you can see Josh made the content his own, as I would expect most folks in the community to do.
Josh's talk was well attended and he had good feedback on his talk. I thanked him for doing the talk on behalf of the Java EE community and certainly our team.
Overall this was very good for still a fledgling conference. I would urge you to include it in your radar as a speaker or attendee.