"Too much of a good thing can be wonderful." — Mae West

As OSCON 2011 took shape, we found ourselves agreeing with Mae West—OSCON's dozen-plus tracks offer an embarrassment of riches. But even that's not enough. We're delighted to announce a new conference co-located with OSCON this year, focusing on a key area where open source is driving innovation: Java®.

Open source is the heartbeat of Java. From enterprise to the web, mobile and cloud, open source innovation and collaboration drive Java forward.

The inaugural OSCON Java will cover the breadth of open source in the Java platform, from core frameworks to the cutting edge of new projects and JVM languages. We’ll feature keynotes, sessions and workshops from speakers who will join us in sharing their expertise, vision and experience.

OSCON Java will take place Monday, July 25, through Wednesday, July 27, 2011, in Portland, Oregon (co-located with OSCON itself).

Who Should Attend

OSCON Java welcomes everyone passionate about open source Java, including:

  • Server-side Java developers
  • Java web UI developers
  • Client-side Java developers
  • Android mobile developers
  • Open source contributors
  • Developer tool authors
  • JVM language gurus
  • Night hacker
  • Architects
  • CxOs
  • Designers
  • Sys admins
  • Hackers and geeks
  • Analysts
  • IT managers
  • Enterprise developers and managers
  • Entrepreneurs and business development professionals
  • Community leaders and managers
  • Activists
  • Trainers and educators
  • Vendors and suppliers in the Java open source ecosystem

Some of the topics we’ll be covering in the conference program are:

  • Server-side Java technologies
  • Java web frameworks
  • Emerging JVM languages
  • Open source Java tools
  • Rich client technologies
  • Cloud technologies
  • Mobile development
  • Craftsmanship
  • Trends

OSCON Java Program Chairs

Stephen Chin Stephen Chin @steveonjava
is a technical expert in RIA technologies, and Chief Agile Methodologist at GXS where he is leading a large-scale Lean/Agile rollout with hundred of developers spread out across the globe. He coauthored the Apress Pro JavaFX Platform title, which is the current leading technical reference for JavaFX, and is lead author of the upcoming Pro Android Flash title. In addition, Stephen runs the very successful Silicon Valley JavaFX User Group, which has hundreds of members and tens of thousands of online viewers. Finally, he is a Java Champion and an internationally recognized speaker featured at Devoxx, Jazoon, and JavaOne, where he received a Rock Star Award.

Laurel Ruma Laurel Ruma @laurelatoreilly
is the co-chair for Where 2.0 at O'Reilly Media. Most recently she co-chaired the Gov 2.0 Expo. She joined the company in 2005 after working for five years at various IT analyst firms in the Boston area. Laurel is also the co-editor of Open Government, published by O'Reilly.

Conference Diversity

O'Reilly Media believes in spreading the knowledge of innovators. We believe that innovation is enhanced by a variety of perspectives, and our goal is to create an inclusive, respectful conference environment that invites participation from people of all races, ethnicities, genders, ages, abilities, religions, and sexual orientation.

We're actively seeking to increase the diversity of our attendees, speakers, and sponsors through our calls for proposals, other open submission processes, and through dialogue with the larger communities we serve.

This is an ongoing process. We are talking to our program chairs, program committees, and various innovators, experts, and organizations about this goal and about ways they can help us achieve it.

Here are some ways you can help us build a more diverse conference experience:

  • Recommend appropriate speakers and/or program committee members to the conference chairs (see individual O'Reilly conference sites for program information; you may also send an email to diversity@oreilly.com)
  • Forward our call for proposals to relevant affinity groups with the message that we are looking for a diverse speaker roster
  • Suggest to potential speakers that they submit a proposal during our Call for Participation conference phase (see individual O'Reilly conference sites for details)
  • Organize community-based public speaking trainings and practice events (Ignite is one popular format)
  • Suggest ways that the onsite conference experience can be more welcoming and supportive, free from intimidation and marginalization (send an email to diversity@oreilly.com)
  • Share your ideas and best practices for how we can realize our vision (send an email to diversity@oreilly.com)

We value diversity in the communities we bring together, and we welcome your contributions to bringing balanced representation of the richness of our collective human experience.

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