October 22
Moscone North, Hall D
5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

The Future of Java Is Today

As one of the most pervasive technologies of our lifetime, Java continues to innovate the application world around us. Through continued modernization Java offers developers a contemporary language and platform to create the next generation of rich, scalable, and secure enterprise applications. And as the technology landscape changes around us, Java is primed to offer developers continued uniqueness to address new opportunities. In this keynote hear from recognized members of the Oracle Java Team and industry luminaries about how Oracle is continuing to steward ongoing Java technology enhancements. Learn what’s new in Java, see recent additions to the language and platform, and get a look ahead at enhancements that are in development that will continue to improve developer productivity.

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Mark Reinhold

Chief Architect of the Java Platform Group, Oracle

Mark Reinhold is chief architect of the Java Platform Group at Oracle. He was the lead engineer for the JDK 1.2 and 5.0 releases, the JCP specification lead for Java SE 6, and both the project and specification lead for JDK 7 (Java SE 7) and JDK 8 (Java SE 8). He currently leads the JDK 9 and Jigsaw projects in the OpenJDK Community, where he also serves on the governing board. Reinhold holds a PhD in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Georges Saab

Vice President of Development, Oracle

Georges Saab is the vice president of development for the Java Platform Group at Oracle. His group is responsible for Java Standard Edition including the Java language, core libraries, and the Java Virtual Machine. Georges is a veteran of programming language and platform development, with more than 25 years in this field. His work with the Java platform began as a developer of Java Standard Edition at JavaSoft and Sun Microsystems, where he was a founder of the Swing group and Java Webstart, and continued as he ran development of the JRockit JVM for many years at BEA Systems. Georges is the Chairperson of the OpenJDK governing board.

October 23
Moscone North, Hall D
5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Building Next-Gen Cloud Native Apps with Embedded Intelligence, Chatbots, and Containers

The cloud is fundamentally changing how enterprise applications are being built today. Developers are leveraging new services and capabilities up and down the stack to more quickly deliver innovation and provide greater ease of use, management, and integration, while also providing deeper intelligence through these applications. In this session see how data science, embedded intelligence, digital assistants, and easy-to-build/easy-to-manage cloud infrastructure are enabling these next generations of cloud native apps to be built on Oracle Cloud Platform.

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Siddhartha Agarwal

Group Vice President, Product Management and Strategy, Cloud Platform, Oracle

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Matt Thompson

Vice President, Developer and Platform Evangelism, Cloud Platform, Oracle


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Amit Zavery

Executive Vice President, Fusion Middleware and PaaS Development, Oracle

Amit Zavery is Oracle’s executive vice president for cloud platform and middleware products. He is responsible for product vision, strategy, development, and go-to-market initiatives for Oracle Cloud Platform and the Oracle Fusion Middleware product family. Zavery and his team are focused on building the most modern, open, comprehensive, and easy-to-use cloud platform that provides capabilities for cloud-native and mobile development, application integration, big data, data integration, content management, identity management, and security. He is also responsible for enhancing Oracle Cloud Platform with new and emerging technologies including blockchain, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and bots.

Since joining Oracle in 1995, Zavery has held various positions in product development, management, strategy, and consulting. He began his career at Oracle as a software engineer on the video server product team. He then joined Oracle Consulting, implementing numerous interactive television applications, and, with the advent of the web, building internet applications for customers. Zavery has worked in the Oracle Database group, where he was a member of the team responsible for planning and defining various Oracle Database releases. He was also responsible for product development and management of Oracle’s ecommerce applications and established Oracle’s CRM development center in India.

Zavery holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering, graduating with highest honors from the University of Texas at Austin. He also holds a master’s degree in information networking from Carnegie Mellon University and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.

October 24
Moscone North, Hall D
5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Groundbreakers: The Code Avengers

Superheroes protect the peace, save lives, and fight evildoers with their superhuman powers; however, they are not the only ones who have these abilities. Each day developers build highly advanced algorithms, design and code solutions to better humanity, deploy to thousands of servers in seconds, and come up with groundbreaking innovations. In this session join community leaders, unconference disorganizers, open-source standards gurus, and technology visionaries to hear an action-packed keynote to celebrate the developer community and you, a groundbreaker.

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David Blevins

Founder & CEO, Tomitribe

David Blevins is founder of Tomitribe and a veteran of open source Java EE. He has been implementing and defining Java EE specifications for more than 10 years and has a strong drive to see Java EE as simple, testable, and light as Java SE. Blevins is cofounder of OpenEJB (1999), Geronimo (2003), and TomEE (2011). He is a member of the EJB 3.0, EJB 3.1, EJB 3.2, Java EE 6, Java EE 7, and Java EE 8 security expert groups, and a member of the Apache Software Foundation. Blevins is a contributing author to Component-Based Software Engineering: Putting the Pieces Together (2001, Addison-Wesley). Blevins is also a regular speaker at JavaOne, Devoxx, ApacheCon, OSCon, JAX, and other Java-focused conferences.

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Stephen Chin

Director, Oracle Developer Community, Oracle

Stephen Chin is director of the Oracle Developer Community, author of Raspberry Pi with Java, co-author of Pro JavaFX Platform, and Oracle Code One content chair. He has given keynotes at numerous Java conferences around the world including JavaOne, where he is a seven-time Rockstar award recipient. Chin is an avid motorcyclist who has done several pan-European evangelism tours, interviewing hackers in their natural habitat and posting the videos on When he is not traveling, he enjoys teaching kids how to create embedded systems, and robot programming with his teenage daughter.

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Sebastian Daschner

Developer, IT-Beratung

Sebastian Daschner is a self-employed Java consultant, author and trainer and is enthusiastic about programming and Java (EE). He is the author of the book ’Architecting Modern Java EE Applications’. Sebastian is participating in the JCP, helping forming the future standards of Java EE, serving in the JAX-RS, JSON-P and Config Expert Groups and collaborating on various open source projects. For his contributions in the Java community and ecosystem he was recognized as a Java Champion, Oracle Developer Champion and double 2016 JavaOne Rockstar. Besides Java, Sebastian is also a heavy user of Linux and container technologies like Docker. He evangelizes computer science practices on, his newsletter, and on Twitter via @DaschnerS. When not working with Java, he also loves to travel the world—either by plane or motorbike.

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Simon Maple

Director of Developer Advocacy, Snyk

Simon Maple is the director of developer relations at Snyk. He has been a Java Champion since 2014, was a JavaOne Rockstar speaker in 2014, a Duke’s Choice award winner, a virtual JUG founder and organizer, and a London Java community coleader. He is an experienced speaker, having presented at JavaOne, JavaZone, Jfokus, DevoxxUK, DevoxxFR, JavaLand, JMaghreb, and many more including many JUG tours. His passion is around user groups and communities. When not traveling, Maple enjoys spending quality time with his family, cooking, and eating great food.

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Heather VanCura

Director and Chairperson of the Java Community Process (JCP) Program, Oracle

Heather VanCura is director and chairperson of the Java Community Process (JCP) program, and a leader of the Java adoption user group programs. In this role she drives the efforts to transform the JCP program and broaden participation and diversity in the community. She is passionate about Java, women in technology, and developer communities, serving as an international speaker and community organizer of developer hack days around the world. VanCura enjoys speaking at conferences, such as OSCON, FOSDEM, Devoxx, Wonder Women Tech, and JavaOne. She resides in the San Francisco Bay Area and enjoys trying new sports and fitness activities in her free time.

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Johan Vos

CTO, Gluon

Johan Vos started working with Java in 1995. He was part of the Blackdown team, porting Java to Linux. His main focus is on end-to-end Java, combining back-end systems and mobile/embedded devices. He received a Duke’s Choice award in 2014 for his work on JavaFX on mobile. In 2015, he cofounded Gluon, which allows enterprises to create mobile Java client applications leveraging their existing back-end infrastructure. Gluon received a Duke’s Choice award in 2015. Vos is a Java Champion, a member of the BeJUG steering group, the Devoxx steering group, and JCP. He is the lead author of Pro JavaFX 8, and he has been a speaker at numerous conferences on Java.

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Dmitry Vyazelenko

Senior Software Engineer, Canoo Engineering AG

Dmitry is a software developer interested in concurrency, performance, and lock-free programming.

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