On December 19, I did a virtual meetup via Google Hangout with the Peru JUG on the Java API for WebSocket (JSR 356). The relatively young Java user group is led by it's very capable leader Jose Diaz. Heather VanCura of the JCP was very kind in connecting the dots for this meeting (the Peru JUG is an active participant for Adopt-a-JSR). My colleague Bruno Borges also helped plan the event. Even despite the Holiday season, the meeting went quite well. In absence of the of the regional JavaOnes, virtual meetups like this one are a very effective way of engaging our global community. The video capture of the virtual meetup is below. The slide deck is available here.
Do drop me a note if you, your company or your JUG is interested in having a similar virtual meeting on any Java EE related topic. As daunting as it may initially sound, virtual meetings are surprisingly easy, hiccup free and still relatively personable.