Posted by amvernon
on October 18, 2006 at 1:57 PM PDT
A sincere "mea culpa" to all those interested in hearing about the behind the scenes goings ons with JavaOne. Forgive me? And check out what's new for 2007 JavaOne. Hint: it's all about the content.
A quick recap: 2006 JavaOne: Over 15,000 attendees, nearly 400 technical sessions, BOFs and Hands On Labs. Multimedia versions of all technical sessions can be found on Sun's Software Developer Network (SDN) website, best accessed from the 2006 JavaOne Conference homepage . And data. Lots of it. Over 36,000 individual session surveys were submitted. Over 35% of the attendees submitted a post conference survey. And it's my job to make plans to respond to this feedback.
In the last few years, many attendees (and especially the speakers) commented that the selection of content should be more open and involve the community. After all, Java does belong to the community, shouldn't the selection of content involve members of the community.
One of the most exciting new developments in the Program Committee is that we are going to invite some of the community's brightest stars to review submissions and help us select the content for JavaOne. I can't tell you who yet, but I'm willing to bet you will recognize them.
And it hasn't been a completely popular idea. There are some who believe that as the major sponsor, Sun solely owns the responsibility for content selection. Not quite. As I see it, Sun's responsibility is to be a champion for the developer. Provide a community environment where they can gather, network and share their experiences. In the context of content selection, that means we need to be more open and transparent.
We may own it, but we can and should invite members of the community to share their comments on which sessions will make JavaOne an event that truly "rocks."
You do have the date in your calendar, right? May 8-11, 2007 at Moscone Center in San Francisco.