|Stephen Janssen trying to find 200 available places in that crowded geek audience.|
By the way, I should say something about the way Oracle leads their keynote speeches. Last year Oracle made a pretty boring presentation, but it was ok after all. This year they exceeded themselves making a pretty boring + chaotic presentation. First, Nandini Ramani, vice president of engineering, Java client, and mobile platforms at Oracle, was clearly nervous on the stage. At some point, she called Stephen Chin to join her and he didn't show up. Ups! She decided to jump to the next presentation, which was clever, but right in the middle she was interrupted by the sound of a motorcycle, causing a pretty awkward moment. What?! :D Yep! We initially thought that the staff accidentally opened a door, bringing noise from the traffic, but in fact Stephen Chin suddenly came out with the motorcycle used in his Night Hacking Project. That was actually pretty cool except by the fact that Nandini was completely taken by surprise. She couldn't handle that unforeseen situation and she just handed over to Stephen, leaving the presentation halfway. Still, we had a lot of fun watching the situation. :D
On the other hand, Google made a great tech show! Wow²! They know how to hold the audience's breath. The only issue (at least for those urging to visit the toilet) was their inability to manage time. The presentation took longer than expected, but every second was pretty well spent on exciting demos! Cool!
So, what do I learn from that? From my perspective, I see Devoxx as a great independent conference where it's possible to closely compare leading competitors and make realistic decisions about the technologies we are going to chose for the coming years. Devoxx is definitively the best alternative to avoid brainwashing conferences such as JavaOne (It wasn't like that in the past). This is to say the least, because they managed to overcome our expectations by adding a special track named Future<Devoxx>, focused on the programming of tiny devices, such as TinkerForge, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and others. Curiously, there wasn't a single mention to the classic SunSpot, which is probably one of many nice projects killed by Oracle after acquiring SUN. That track added a world of possibilities to all those entrepreneurial minds. Well done!
Is that all?! Not yet. Mother Devoxx is going to have a new baby next year! After Devoxx France, they announced Devoxx UK. Yeah, attending Devoxx became a touristic problem now, based on the city you wanna visit ;-) Last, but not least, Devoxx4Kids is definitively a great initiative! I actually wanted to attend it, but I have to wait for my little boy, who is only 11 months old now. I'm giving him twice more milk to watch him grow up faster :P