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  • Von: Marina Fischer
  • Javaland Java
  • 03/13/2018

JavaLand 2018: Java Conference Sets New Record Number of Participants

For the fifth anniversary of JavaLand from March 13-15, 2018, more than 1,900 developers from over 20 nations are expected in Phantasialand, Brühl. More than 100 presentations in eight streams from national and international speakers, numerous community activities, and a training day make for an ideal meeting place for Java enthusiasts to exchange their knowledge. The event had its kick-off in 2014 with 800 participants. It is organized in cooperation with Heise Medien and Interessenverbund der Java User Groups e.V. (iJUG).

The Java conference, giving reports on current developments of the technology, sets a new record with 1,900 participants. The exhibition space is also sold out for weeks with 53 exhibitors. This trend became already apparent at the closure of the Call for Papers in August 2017: More than 500 presentations have been submitted, resulting in almost more than 20 percent of suggested presentations compared to the previous year. Therefore, the participants can expect an extremely exciting and diverse presentation program.

Keynote speaker Dr. Holly Cummins opened the conference. In her presentation "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: Cloud Surprises for the Java Developer" in the filled to capacity auditory, she presented her historical view of Cloud Computing and also where future development could lead to. In the course of her presentation, she particularly showed some pitfalls that developers should avoid when they change to cloud.

Knowledge Exchange, Networking, Fun

Besides roughly 110 presentations in eight streams on subjects such as "Architecture and Security", "Container and Cloud", "Enterprise & Microservices", and "Innovations", there was much talk of current developments in the Java universe about the future of Java EE / Jakarta EE. On Tuesday, there have also been new impulses by numerous newcomers who demonstrated their knowledge on the conference stage for the first time.

The various community activities designed by the numerous Java User Groups give the participants many chances to try out, discover, and play.

On the closing training day on March 15, participants can again deepen their knowledge in practical workshops. These workshops were also completely sold out.

JavaLand4Kids also for Teens for the First Time

The little sister of JavaLand, JavaLand4Kids, already took place on Monday. 40 kids and teenagers aged between 8 and 18 years took the opportunity to discover the world of programming in four exciting workshops. More than 20 mentors guided them. This year's JavaLand4Kids was the first event in which also teenagers with initial school IT experience participated. In the workshops, they learned how to make Minecraft mods and how to use graph data mining with Neo4J and Java. The kids, on the other hand, had much fun with programming their first computer games with Scratch and creating their own melodies and rhythms with Sonic Pi.

"We are pleased that the event format with its mix of knowledge exchange, community, and extraordinary evening event is so well received", says Fried Saacke, chairman of the iJUG. "We will cope with logistic challenges so that we can grow even further next year."

The date for the sixth edition of JavaLand is already set: It will take place from March 26 to 28, 2019, at the usual place in Phantasialand. Interested parties can already subscribe to the newsletter that gives information on Call for Papers and registration.