In mid January I went down to LavaOne in Hawaii. LavaOne is a Java technology unconference — which means everyone who attends also participates.
Unconferences are vastly different from the regular tech conference because there is no formal, centrally planned schedule of talks for a passive group of attendees to quietly consume. Instead, at an unconference, the attendees actively build the schedule in real time, and most importantly, the attendees present as well. So, if you have some expertise in an area you can pretty easily lead a discussion at an unconference. At regular tech conferences, you can’t.
This year’s LavaOne was the second year of the conference, and based on what I experienced I think the event will continue on well into the future. The technical conversations were excellent, the participants were all focused on freely contributing, and everyone got along very well in all the social activities.
- #lavaone on Twitter
- #lavaone2019 on Twitter
- My images on Flickr
- My interviews on YouTube
- Javed Mohammed’s interview on Oracle’s website
- A Twitter list of attendees