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Those of you that are members of the LJC and have been with us for more than 6 months may remember that in November we had a large mailing list chat titled “passion, passion, passion” about inspiring passion for development, specifically within undergraduates. I thought I would give you a follow up on how this idea has progressed….

(As a reminder, here is a quote from the initial email):

[i]“I want to find ways to ignite passion into more graduates. From research I have conducted – people have said they feel that many grads don’t finish their degrees with a true passion for development and I’m interested to find ways to address this.”[/i]

We received a lot of suggestions from the email which gave me food for thought. A few weeks later we had our first London Java Unconference, during which I held a small discussion group to cover the subject of passion within undergraduates and we discussed several of the points raised from the email. A few people within the group stood out as sharing my enthusiasm for creating sparks of passion within graduates. Open Source Software was one of the recurring themes from both the emails and the discussion so we started to think about how we could get undergraduates more involved. After much discussion a small group of us decided to organize a full day event to give undergraduates an introduction to Open Source Software by getting them to work on real projects with actual committers. 

After months of planning, last Saturday we held the ‘Graduate Open Source Jumpstart London 2010’ and the results and following feedback have been extraordinary.

We had 9 projects in total, with 35 graduates attending from across the country as far as Edinburgh. If you are interested to read more about the event then please read the following post written by one of the undergraduates that attended the event:

We are exceptionally grateful to all the mentors that came along (many of them members of the LJC) and everyone that helped out on the day. A special mention must also go to Zoe Slattery, Ben Evans, Martijn Verburg & Mark Hindness who worked tirelessly to make this event a possibility.

If you are interested in becoming more involved in the graduate development community either as an OSS project committer, a mentor or in any other capacity then let me know. We are also constantly looking for new ideas so if there’s something you think of then get in touch.

Barry Cranford


A week ago at the LJC we had our first Unconference which was held at IBM’s South Bank offices and it was a superb success. We had a good mix of full presentations, lightening talks & discussion groups (the full list can be seen below) before retiring to the Slaughtered Lamb to chat about the day. The feedback I have picked up on the day and read afterwards suggests that everyone had a great time and we will look to repeat the event next year.

My thanks go firstly to Zoe Slattery of IBM. The Unconference was Zoe’s initial idea and it was Zoe that lead the initial planning and organization of the event, with Martijn Verburg and myself. Zoe has been involved with BarCamp and a few similar events in the past and her experience was evident in ensuring it was carefully planned to get the most out of the day. Zoe’s latest blog post illustrates her experience with Unconferences.

Martijn was great, not just with the pre-event planning but making sure the day ran smoothly from 8:30am to 11:00pm whilst giving a few presentations along the way, I would recommend everyone check his presentation on “How to be a rock star developer”

Thanks to IBM for allowing us to use their impressive South Bank offices. There were no marketing messages rammed home, the whole event was run by the IBM development team & the LJC.

Thanks to Catherine Hope, Mark Hindness, Anthony Phillips & Robin Fernandes of the IBM Development team who helped with the planning, and making sure the day went well (as well as giving presentations that proved to be very popular)

Finally thanks to everyone who came along on the day and got involved either with presenting or attending the events. You made the event what it was. I look forward to the next one – which is already in the initial planning. Watch this space!

Normal Talks (40 mins)

  • Bug of the month
  • Mocking in Java: Mockito
  • What’s stopping you adding Scala to existing JAva projects?
  • Real time Java and tuning fork visualisation tool
  • Graduate development community
  • IBM Research’s view of how technology will evolve over the next 2-10 years
  • Java development tools shoot-out
  • Performance tuning hygeine
  • Building autonomous scaling solutions with JAva
  • PHP on Java
  • Web apps meets OSGi – Apache Aries
  • Ask the recruiter
  • How to be a rock star developer
  • Bytecode swap meet

Lightning Talks (7 minutes)

  • Plumbing with Apache Camel
  • Dump diving (JSR 326 and Apache Kato)
  • Custom JVMs
  • Apache Harmony project
  • Financial data warehouse

Barry Cranford

Have you got something interesting to say about Java? Want to talk to other people with similar interests?

The London Java Community are pleased to announce that their first ‘unconference’ will run on Saturday November the 28th 2009.

What is an unconference? It is defined on Wikipedia as a “facilitated, participant-driven conference centered around a theme or purpose” http://en.wikipedia.o… Our theme will be Java….

We know that Java is a fairly broad subject area – but we didn’t want to limit creativity by narrowing the scope. This leaves people free to talk on the Java language, Spring, Hibernate, Open Source and Java, OSGi, perhaps even JVM languages, anything Java that you want….

As is traditional with this type of event, the content will be provided by the audience. To help us ensure that we have enough conference rooms, we are asking you to indicate whether or not you intend to speak at the event. We are also charging a small fee to attend – this is simply to cover costs (lunch, coffees etc), the aim is to break even on the event. Any profit will be put behind the bar after the event.

Thanks to a LJC member Zoe Slattery and our own Martijn Verburg for the organising of this.

To sign up please visit our official site

What is the LJC

The London Java Community (LJC) is a group of Java Enthusiasts who are interested in benefiting from shared knowledge in the industry. Through our forum and regular meetings you can keep in touch with the latest industry developments, learn new Java (& other JVM) technologies, meet other developers, discuss technical/non technical issues and network further throughout the Java Community.