I love to see my friends, peers, colleagues, collaborators, and everyone who participates in the event that is JavaOne.
I thought I would publish this list I made last year, and see what changes are made for 2011. We can see if Oracle took some of the feedback to heart, and what improvements they will make.
- If you are going to advertise a scheduling application, make sure it works. It was an epic failure at a developer conference.
- Make it known to the attendees where sponsors are located, and pavilion areas. Ensure that attendees can get into the areas. Security was turning people back.
- Communicate. The lack of communication was very apparent. Use social media more to show changes, and updates. Do some house keeping at the beginning/end of keynotes.
- Have more entrances at the OTN party. No one knew how to get in, and the security were very unpleasant.
- Have the Duke Awards given out in a public venue. Don't hand them out at an event that only a select few could attend.
- Ensure that the labs work. The machines, and setup failed at most labs that people attended.
- Set up the schedules, and do not constantly change them. Confusion was the rule rather than exception.
- Provide accurate maps to the technical sessions. The Hilton is a maze. I would rather have it at Moscone, but if we must use hotels, have clearly displayed maps to the sessions.
- Deliver some content, and QUIT prefixing every presentation with "safe harbor". Face it, if you mention it at a conference, the street expects you to deliver. Get over it.
- Try to separate the community events sufficiently to allow attendees to go to multiple events like JUG and GlassFish events. Maybe split it into late morning/afternoon.
- Offer food/beverages to community event attendees to keep them in the venue.
- Have the Community Leaders/Technical Leads attend the JUG event so they can meet their advocates.
- Keep the JUG Leader/Java Champions breakfast with Oracle staff. This was extremely beneficial.
- Host a young developers/Lego Mindstorm/FIRST Robotics competition at the event and give the kids free passes. Start them young, and show them opportunities in the larger Java ecosystem.