Panel Session: Moving the Java Community Forward

Track: Core Java
Over the last 25+ years, Java has offered developers a wealth of technical value. The technical heartbeat is strong and vibrant. But as we look towards the next 25 years and beyond, the value of Java is dependent on...YOU. It's the community who gives life to Java, ensuring it meets the needs of modern application development. For Java, the future isn't some distant dot on a calendar, the future is NOW. In this panel session, learn from some of the most recognized Java community luminaries how you can participate to ensure Java moves forward.
Sharat Chander
Sharat Chander has worked in the IT industry for 20+ years, for firms such as Bell Atlantic, Verizon, Sun Microsystems, and Oracle. His background and technical specialty is in Java development tools, graphics design, and product/community management. Sharat has been actively involved in the Java Community for 18 years, helping drive greater Java awareness, acceptance, adoption, and advocacy. At Oracle, as the senior director of Java product management & developer relations, Sharat has also served as the JavaOne conference content chairperson for 8 years and led the Java Evangelism Program for 4 years. He is a frequent keynote speaker and participant in developer programs worldwide. He holds a BS in corporate finance from the University of Maryland and an MBA in international business from Loyola College, Maryland. You can find Sharat at multiple global developer events and Java community engagements. When not growing visibility for Java, he follows his other passion for coaching youth baseball. You can follow Sharat on Twitter: @Sharat_Chander