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Friday, 3 May 2013


You often hear people saying that the magic at conferences happens mostly in the corridors, during the breaks. We do not think this particularly true of GeeCON (check our program to see why!), but we do understand the importance of less formal human interaction. This year we are doing our best to give you as many opportunities as possible to talk to other GeeCON attendees and exchange knowledge and opinions. Why? Well, because GeeCON is THE community conference!

So what do we have in store? In more or less chronological order:

PolishJUG meeting
The first JVM related event of this week is, of course, a Polish JUG meeting! Hosted at Oracle, with many of our speakers attending and Baruch Sadogursky presenting this evening, it's bound to be a great opening for our week of Java!

GeeCON Train

Powered by SoftwareMill, this is a unique opportunity for people traveling to Kraków from Warsaw.

Begin your GeeCON experience already on a train, by joining a bunch of other excited programmers. Meet great people, get inspired and simply have lots of fun already on your way to GeeCON. More information can be found here.

Discussion panels

On Monday there is “Freaks of the Freaks: Talking About Minorities in IT”. Come to the panel to see two presentations on the subject and talk. Should diversity be fostered? What do you think?

On Tuesday we are hosting “Using the Network to build compelling application”. We will talk applications, business models, revenues share, and deployment models. While we are at it, do not remember about the Open API Hackathon to which you can register before June 3.

Google I/O Extended

You might have noticed that the Google I/O conference takes place on the same time, May 15-17. This is unfortunate, but there is good news too. We have joined the Google I/O Extended movement. Google Developers Group Kraków (tightly connected to GeeCON via it’s lead and our co-organiser - Konrad) is inviting you to an open live-streaming from the conference at Google for Entrepreneurs Kraków (at the Main Square!).


On Friday, our keynote speaker, Joel Spolsky will visit hive53, Kraków StartUp Community. Join us!

Open Spaces

Once again, the day after the conference you will have the change to attend the Open Spaces / Unconference event. This is a meeting that is not pre-planned. Any participant may propose a subject using a designated white board. If there are more people willing to discuss or learn the subject, they create their own session. The rules are simple and few: whoever shows up is the right group, whatever happens is the only thing that could have, when it’s over, it’s over.

OpenJDK Test Fest

Known also as “Adopt JDK” movement, test fest is about writing test cases for the newest Java API. In a nutshell, it’s about testing the language itself! Come, and you will have a chance to:
  • Get to know what’s coming
  • Understand what the JDK does and how
  • Root out any bugs before they start hurting
  • Meet great people like Steve Poole or Richard Warburton
  • Gain experience in test writing
  • Make your code a part of Java 8
  • Have fun!
  • Learn the way Java folks test things.
All on Saturday morning or Friday evening... In a place that is yet to be determined :) Details will follow!

Enterprise applications in cloud age lab session

If you are interested in building modular, robust, and durable enterprise applications fit for the cloud age. You should join Bert Ertman and Paul Bakker during their lab, hands-on session on Saturday. Take a look here for details.

GeeCON + Scala Camp #3

Any GeeCON speaker fluent in Scala is invited to also present at this event. There will be 20-30 minute presentations and a discussion. This event is open for all interested - we want to shake Kraków Scala scene! This event starts at 6pm on Saturday and continues into the night. The location will be announced soon.


Of couse we have not forgotten about the average beer craving coder. There will be an urban game / beer path on Thursday night. We will invite you to a beer and pizza in places like Budda or CK Browar. Stay tuned!

See you very soon!

1 comment:

  1. Isn't discussion panel "Freaks of the Freaks" on wednesday? according to http://2013.geecon.org/schedule