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Java 9 and Women in tech Unconference with International guest Heather VanCura


9:00 Arrive & Breakfast Treats

10:00 Opening with Logan Brand & MC Malini Chetty

10:15 Hermien Pellissier: JavaFX makeover for the NetBeans Platform

Hermien Pellissier, Software Architect at Reutech Communications is a member of the NetBeans Dream. Team and former member of the NetBeans Governance Board. Hermien has been involved in the development of several NetBeans Rich Client Platform applications in the Defence and Customs Clearance industries over the years. She is passionate about transferring any newly acquired knowledge to as many other developers as possible. When she is not working, she enjoys photography and travel.


10:30 Unconference: Women in tech – Explain concept (Malini & Richard): 1 hour

11:30 Ignite talks (4 talks, 5 min each)

11:30-11:35 Malcolm Wongho - Apache Avro

11:35-11:40 Sizwe Mabanga - Dev Domains and World Domination

11:40-11:45 Corneil du Plessis  Programming the Software Delivery Pipeline

11:45-11:50 Musa Nkosi - A Happy Developer

12:00 Lunch

12:45 Heather VanCura: Top 10 Ways to be an Ally for Women in Tech


In this session we will discuss 10 ways to be an ally for women in technology. Learn simple ways to support women in the workplace and the Java community - in the office, at conferences, and online. Become more confident in speaking up to support women and be more aware of the challenges facing women.


13:00 Ignite talks (4 talks, 5 min each. Female speakers)

13:00-13:05 Clarice Bouwer  Branding Your Identity

13:05-13:10 Sarah Usher  Neural Networks in 5 minutes

13:10-13:15 Arlene Mulder  Women in Leadership

13:15-13:20 Shabhana Rampersadh Keeping it Real

13:30 Unconference: Future of Java – 1 hour

14:30 Hackathon: Java 9 Challenge. A laptop is required. (HTTP 2, jshell and Java 9 module system)

16:30 Closing

About the star of the event :

Heather VanCura, Director, Java Community Process (JCP) Program at Oracle.
International speaker, leader of Global Adopt-a-JSR program in conjunction with Java User Group leaders, organizer of developer hack days (aka Hackergartens) around the world and Spec Lead of JSR 364, Broadening JCP Membership, through the Java Community Process (JCP) Program. Heather is passionate about growing Java technology and community building dynamics! She enjoys trying new sports and fitness activities in her free time and helping to grow diversity in the technology space.


Hermien Pellissier. Software Architect at Reutech Communications. Member of the NetBeans Dream Team. Former member of the NetBeans Governance Board.
Hermien has been involved in the development of several NetBeans Rich Client Platform applications in the Defence and Customs Clearance industries over the years. She is passionate about transferring any newly acquired knowledge to as many other developers as possible. When she is not working, she enjoys photography and travel.

Arlene Mulder. Arlene is the co-founder of WeThinkCode_. She is an ex-investment banker turned tech entrepreneur. Arlene is passionate about tech, mathematics and changing the world.

A big thank you to the sponsor of the venue, food and drink, Investec.

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  • Heather V.

    Hi, thank you again to everyone for this awesome day! I wanted to follow up because I received a phone message from someone interested in Devoxx4Kids. I could not return the call. Could that person please send an email to me : [masked].

    September 13

    • Buhake S.

      That sounds interesting. What is Devoxx4Kids and how does 1 get involved?

      September 13

  • Hermien P.

    I just completed my blog post about the code that I presented. :) http://www.pellissier.co.za/hermien/?p=880

    4 · June 10

  • Richard K.

    Found bugs or even want Java doc enhances relating the Java 9 hackaton?
    Contact me and let's get it fixed so Java 9 will be better !

    1 · June 8

    • Corneil Du P.

      Most bugs were PEBKAC

      2 · June 8

    • Richard K.

      1) The docs for HttpRequest are very unclear. "response.body(asSt­ring())" does not show where this static method came from. Lots of people struggled. So PEBKAC was probably the docs being confusing :)

      2) Kiren spotted a hanging call when this method was called twice. So that's a API bug and jshell bug.

      3) Build 121 did not install properly in Windows. The wizard next button did nothing.

      4) On Mac, two people could get 'java -version' working but not 'jshell'. This was a path issue, but what an ugly stream of errors from jshell was not nice.

      2 · June 9

  • Clarice B.

    This was a great event and I am glad I got the opportunity to speak at it. It was very engaging with many interesting discussions.

    Some people spoke to me regarding my talk. If you are interested in marketing yourself as a developer or want to see the slides then you can refer to my latest post about "Branding Your Identity": http://www.corporateprogrammer.com/blog/branding-your-identity/

    4 · June 6

  • Duma Duduza M.

    Very informative looking forward to attending the next JoziJUG event.

    2 · June 6

  • Linda

    It was relevant, eye-opening, fun, and motivating. The presenters were unique yet on point with the message they were sending across. Heather's contribution was extremely helpful and inspiring. This was worthwhile and i am sure it will yield much fruit.

    4 · June 6

  • Bongani M.

    Great!!! Awesome event, I believe few more strides need to be taken in reaching out to women, and practical steps must be taken to attract women to IT, there's a self evident fact that IT will be critical as a driver of economy considering Big Data, IoT and Artificial Intelligence, Java plays a central role as a cross platform language to produce applications that will be working in that space.

    3 · June 6

  • Tshepo M.

    Learned a lot from this experience, it was awesome.

    5 · June 5

  • Richard K.

    We are working hard on the Java 9 hackathon.
    It will include jshell, the new http2 client, the Java 9 module system and local variable type inference (e.g. var list = new ArrayList<String>();)

    Bring your laptop please!

    4 · May 20

  • Heather V.

    It might be helpful if all participants download the latest build - Early Access b120 <https://jdk9.java.net/download/>; for JDK 9 prior to the event on Saturday. Participants can set it up as part of the event and get your points.
    Looking forward to the event - see you soon.

    3 · June 1

    • Deerasha M.

      Link above has errant closing tag. Remove the '>' in your browser. https://jdk9.java.net/...­

      June 2

    • Richard K.

      @Simanga, No IDEs allowed, so don't worry about that. All will be explained :)

      1 · June 3

  • Rory P.

    A spectacular session is planned. 100 people on the meetup list and hundred more on Investec's! Prepare for the largest java event this year.

    3 · May 27

  • LangS

    Can 'man' also attend?

    1 · April 26

    • Richard K.

      Of course. Two more Ignite spots open for 'mans' :)

      April 26

  • Chris D.

    is there only one woman or are we talking about WOMEN in tech? ;)

    April 20

    • Rory P.

      Pink Ignite talks (5 talks, 5 min each. Female speakers)

      April 20

    • Richard K.

      Sometimes it feels like it... Updated :-)

      5 · April 20

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