By TinuA on Sep 10, 2013
What am I looking forward to at JavaOne this year?
Moderating the panel session "Java Trends in Africa"!
BOF3649 (in the conference's content catalog)
Tuesday, September 24
7:30pm - 8:15pm
Hilton Continental Ballroom 5
The developer community in Africa is diverse and vibrant, and growing fast with more than 30 Java User Groups spread across the continent. Some are listed on the JUG Africa page, the umbrella group created by Max Bonbhel to connect the various local developer communities and to promote collaboration and shared learning.
On the panel, I'll be speaking with Max (CongoJUG) and Lamine Ba (SeneJUG) about what role Java is playing in the growing technology scene in Africa and how it's transforming the continent; what is being done to attract and grow a new generation of developers; what are the current challenges and opportunities facing developers; and more.
This is the first conversation of its kind at JavaOne (that I know of) and it's sure to be an engaging one! If you're attending JavaOne, schedule this one in your calendar.
One last note: Arun Gupta, Java evangelist extraordinaire, recently completed a Java EE 7 tour in Africa. His trip report is a recommended read for a glimpse at the breadth of the developer community in Africa and as a precursor to some of what will be addressed on this panel.
See you at JavaOne!
*My other session at JavaOne: So You Want to Be a Published Technical Author?