Speaker Details

Sharat Chander

Sharat Chander has worked in the IT industry for 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 25+ 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, drives the technical content strategy and Java community programs in multiple outreach channels, and continues to steward Java community loyalty programs 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 Little League teams and fanatically following his hometown Baltimore Orioles. You can find Sharat on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/Sharat_Chander

OpenJDK is one of the world's most influential open source communities. It drives the reference implementation of Java SE and the Java Virtual Machine, a programming language and runtime environment used daily by millions of software developers. More than that, the community drives its innovation - 15 years and counting of new language features, core library additions, performance improvements, runtime enhancements, and new tooling.
But how does it all work? How does a community of Java enthusiasts, often financed by some of the biggest tech companies yet working with self-determination, turn ideas into designs into code into features you can use in your IDE? Well, let me explain (in this talk).
Moving Java Forward Together
Conference (BEGINNER level)
Modern application development is unrecognizable without Java. Rather than resting on our laurels, Oracle’s leadership continues to drive Java innovation forward. Equally important is Oracle's continuing stewardship of the Java ecosystem because without you, the community, Java doesn't move forward. The role you play is critical in ensuring Java's future for today as well as tomorrow and for the next decades ahead of us. In this session, you'll learn about the many ways YOU can help ensure Java remains the leading choice to build the future.
Blind Ignite Talk
Ignite (BEGINNER level)
The speaker has never seen the deck they are about to present, and is told the subject matter just before the clock starts ticking.
20 slides will auto-advance every 15 seconds.
What could possibly go wrong?