For more than 28 years, Java has empowered developers to create the next generation of rich, scalable, and secure applications. It’s shaped the world we live in by offering new ways to address the ever-evolving technology landscape. But it's not just the technology that's kept Java so vibrant. That innovation is only possible because of you. In this panel session, meet some of the most recognized names in the Java community to learn how the developer ecosystem plays an important role in ensuring Java will remain relevant for the next 28 years and beyond.
Tom Cools
Info Support NV
Developer without borders, both geographically and technically. Active as a consultant with a focus on Java technologies.
Next to that I am a trainer and mentor who loves to share not only knowledge but also passion for our craft. I do this through mentorships (, guiding students at my alma mater and organizing the Belgian Java User Group.
Recogized as a Java Champion.
Currently working for Info Support nv. in Mechelen, Belgium.
Sharat Chander
Oracle, Corp
Sharat Chander has worked in the IT industry for over 25 years for firms including 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 over 20 years, helping drive greater Java awareness, acceptance, adoption, and advocacy. As Oracle’s senior director of Java Developer Engagement, Sharat served as the JavaOne conference content chairperson for 10 years, driven the technical content strategy and Java community involvement in multiple outreach channels, and continues to drive Java community loyalty program for Oracle. He is a frequent keynote speaker and participant in developer programs worldwide. Sharat holds a BS in corporate finance from the University of Maryland and an MBA in international business from Loyola College, Maryland. You can often find Sharat at global developer events and Java community meet-ups. When not growing visibility for Java, he follows his passion for baseball, actively coaching Little League teams and fanatically following his hometown Baltimore Orioles. You can find Sharat on Twitter at:
Bert Jan Schrijver
Bert Jan is CTO at OpenValue and focuses on Java, software architecture, Continuous Delivery and DevOps. Bert Jan is a Java Champion, JavaOne Rock Star speaker, Duke's Choice Award winner and leads NLJUG, the Dutch Java User Group. He loves to share his experience by speaking at conferences, writing for the Dutch Java magazine and helping out Devoxx4Kids with teaching kids how to code. Bert Jan is easily reachable on Twitter at @bjschrijver.