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Sustaining and Growing an Active Community in a Mature Platform

Java is no longer the new kid on the block. However, one of its great strengths is the quality of the community it has built up over the last 25 years?  

How can we help that community continue to grow, thrive, and attract new members - especially from younger developers who have recently joined the profession?  

Join our panel of experienced educators and community leaders as we celebrate the strength of our community and look forward to the next 25 years of Java.


Mala Gupta

Developer Advocate @JetBrains

Mala Gupta works as a Developer Advocate with JetBrains. A Java Champion, she has authored six books with Manning, Packt, and O’Reilly Publications. She is an international keynote speaker at industry conferences and has over 19 years of experience in the software industry. She has been actively supporting Java certification as a path to career advancement. She co-leads Delhi’s Java User Group. A strong supporter of Women in Technology, she drives initiatives of the Women Who Code Delhi chapter to augment the participation of women in tech.


Venkat Subramaniam

Founder of Agile Developer, Inc., Creator of & Professor at the University of Houston

Dr. Venkat Subramaniam is an award-winning author, founder of Agile Developer, Inc., creator of, co-founder of the devdotnext software conference, and an instructional professor at the University of Houston. He has trained and mentored thousands of software developers in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia, and is a regularly-invited speaker at several international conferences. Venkat helps his clients effectively apply and succeed with sustainable agile practices on their software projects.  Venkat is a (co)author of multiple technical books, including the 2007 Jolt Productivity award winning book Practices of an Agile Developer. You can find a list of his books at You can reach him by email at or on twitter at @venkat_s.


James Gough

Lead Architect @MorganStanley

Jim is an engineer at heart and often tinkers and explores the Java ecosystem. Jim enjoys working with the Java Community and has represented the London Java Community on the JCP Executive Committee. Jim is a published author of Optimizing Java and was recently awarded the Java Champion title. Jim is the lead architect of Morgan Stanley’s API program, with a strong belief in evolving architecture and quality software development. Jim is working on a new book, Mastering API Architecture, with O’Reilly Jim is a well recognised conference and user group speaker on Java and architectural topics. Jim spent four years as a technical trainer teaching a wide range of programming languages to recently graduated engineers for Morgan Stanley and Bloomberg.


Rémi Forax

Maître de Conférences at the University of Marne-la-Vallée & Java Champion

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