A Titanic event
By speakjava on Apr 29, 2012
This week I had the pleasure of traveling to Belfast for an IT event entitled, "The Titans are Coming".
I've only ever been to Belfast once before and that was a brief visit to the University there. This time around a local company, Brightwater Recruitment Specialists, had invited me to be part of a Java developer event they were organising. It was an evening affair being held at the newly opened Titanic Exhibition Centre. This is a most impressive building, as you can see from the photos.
I've had the pleasure of presenting in some interesting places in the past (on the Eiffel Tower, in front of a fish tank in the Barcelona Aquarium); presenting from a replica of the staircase in the Titanic definitely adds to that list.
In addition to my presentation on "What's Happening With Java" there was a very entertaining presentation from Adam Thilthorpe of the British Computer Society on professionalism in the IT industry. This was followed by a great presentation from Dr Mark Little, CTO of JBoss, who gave his perspective on how the world of middleware and mobile devices was not just changing, but converging thanks to the effects of Moore's Law.
Judging by the discussions I had with people afterwards I think everyone really enjoyed the event and hopes that we can run some more like this. Northern Ireland has a substantial number of companies involved in Java development (primarily in the area of financial services, but plenty in other areas such as well). One of the comments I heard several times was the difficulty in recruiting experienced Java developers. If you're looking for a job Belfast has a lot to offer.
All in all, a great event and we're already planning a similar event south of the border later in the year. Watch this space and on twitter (@speakjava) for more details.