By Steven Meloan
The 2010 JavaOne Conference was rich in ideas, innovation, and entertainment.
After five days of jam-packed action, JavaOne 2010 attendees have scattered back to disparate locations across the globe, their suitcases filled with software giveaways, tee-shirts, and other swag, their heads filled with new concepts, ideas, and possibilities, and their contact lists filled with new friends, mentors, and prospective business associates.
Looking back, it's almost hard to take it all in.
There were, of course, the JavaOne mainstays--hundreds of expert-led technical sessions, hands-on labs, and panel discussions covering expansive technology tracks, smaller and more informal Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) sessions, and Keynotes by such industry leaders as Thomas Kurian, Executive Vice President, Product Development, Oracle; Doug Fisher, Vice President and General Manager, Intel; and renowned inventor/futurist Ray Kurzweil.
And then there were the Technical General Sessions, presented by technical luminaries from Oracle, offering in-depth perspectives on the road ahead for Java technology.
And there were over 30 returning Java Rock Stars--presenters from past JavaOne Conferences who have been chosen by their peers as top speakers and experts in their field--presenting on such topics as JavaFX 2.0, and Garbage Collection Mythbusting.
Meanwhile, the Java Exhibition Hall presented the latest technology offerings from such companies as Google, IBM, Intel, Research in Motion, along with smaller but just as cutting-edge firms.
And then there was Java University, offering expert-led full-day and half-day courses, in a dynamic classroom environment, covering such topics as Secure Java Web Services, Integrating Web 2.0 and Cloud Computing, Java Me Applications for Mobile Devices, and more.
Finally, there were the Duke's Choice Awards, recognizing and honoring extreme innovation in the world of Java technology--from the sheer fun of fantasy baseball, to the importance of delivering remote medicine to the developing world, to presenting a richer and more immersive experience of the Winter Olympic Games.
As if all this wasn't enough, JavaOne 2010 included a diversity of new and innovative offerings. Oracle Technology Network LIVE presented three days of live videostreaming coverage that included the keynotes from Oracle OpenWorld, JavaOne, and Oracle Develop, along with live interviews with community experts on topics like Java EE6, Solaris, Glassfish, Enterprise 2.0, and more. These interviews are now archived, and available for viewing. And within the Java Exhibition Hall was JavaDEMOgrounds, allowing conference attendees to speak directly with experts on broad Java technology topics like JVMs, JavaFX, and the various Java platforms.
And because some topics lend themselves to smaller, faster, and self-organizing formats, JavaOne 2010 also included its own Unconference, allowing conference attendees to present their own informal sessions or workshops on topics they were particularly passionate about. Conference topics included everything from "Scaling Data on Public Clouds," to "The Roll of Women in the Java Community."
But to make sure that JavaOne was not all-work-and-no-play, The Zone the LEGO Pit, for fast-paced timed LEGO brick games, Tap and Brew, for a morning cappuccino or an afternoon beer, and mostly importantly, a place to relax and recharge (both electronics and people).
And then there was Winter Olympian Apolo Ohno hanging-out and signing autographs at Monday's OTN Night at Yerba Buena Gardens. The most decorated American Winter Olympics athlete in history, Ohno first appeared onstage with Thomas Kurian at the Monday morning keynote, noting his certifiable "tech nerd" status (iPad, iPhone, Macbook), and the role that technology plays both in his athletic, business, and personal life.
Meanwhile, the Oracle OpenWorld Skate Park, located at Howard and 4th Street, offered extreme sports to complement JavaOne's extreme technologies--presenting world-champions of BMX biking, inline skating, and street skating, performing on half-pipe. Conference organizers had to ask the city of San Francisco to temporarily remove a city bus cable in order to make the half-pipe fit, but those in attendance thought it was well worth it!
And to keep attendees plugged-in like never before with the latest must-see conferences, events, and happenings (and with another), there was the JavaOne Conference Blog, JavaOne Facebook page, and even JavaOne Twitter page, along with Twitter conference hashtags--#javaone10,#OOW10,#develop10.
Finally, to cap-off the week's recreational activities in about the biggest fashion possible, Wednesday night brought the Oracle OpenWorld 2010 Appreciation Event, held on Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay. Under a stunning full moon, upwards of 25,000 gathered at an expansive outdoor setting that included a full carnival midway, games, rides, tents, booths, food and drinks, and an eclectic mix of the world famous music of the Black Eyed Peas, Don Henley of the Eagles, 80s bands Berlin and the English Beat, 70s stars the Steve Miller Band, and country duo Montgomery Gentry. Henley closed his set with the Eagle's Grammy winning hit "Hotel California." And between the music sets, giant video screens displayed attendee Tweets using Conference and Appreciation Event hashtags.
So now it's time to take a deep breath, and then go back and use all that you've learned--and we'll look forward to seeing you at JavaOne 2011. In the meantime, JavaOne is going on the road for the remainder of 2010, and into 2011--including Brazil, Russia, Beijing, and India.
JavaOne Latin America: December 7-9, 2010 (Call for Papers until October 8)