JavaOne Party Planner
I'm not sure how I got this job, but apparently I'm supposed to find all the JavaOne parties.
This year was harder, and it seems there will be very few opportunities to cage free drinks from eager PR people. Oh well, I intended to go to a lot of BOFs anyway.
So, here's the skinny on parties, feel free to add any I don't know about in the comments section, below:
As part of the GlassFish Unconference, there will be a small, low key party at the Thirsty Bear. 7pm-10pm, with some drinks and some food. I went last year, and it was fun to talk with folks about my beloved GlassFish. RSVP is requested, and don't forget to go to the Unconference, party or no... It was a lot of fun last year, and it's free.
As part of the CommunityOne West conference, there will be a party in Hall A from 7pm-9pm. Sponsored by OpenSolaris. Moscone catering isn't usually too bad. Couldn't find much other info about it, though.
Also - Pavilion Reception, Monday, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. At the Pavilion. Presumably for all CommunityOne West attendees.
Welcome Reception, Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the Pavilion. Free finger food and cold beverages. Usually a big crowd.
JCP Party - Intercontinental Hotel, 4th floor. 7-10 Registration required. This is a party for all those involved in the JCP, both as members and participants.
Usually a fun party, with lots of free refreshments, and fingerfood.
5-9pm, Caucho, Chevvy's, registration required.
No idea about this one, but if it's at Chevvy's there will be margaritas. Wouldn't you rather come see my BOF instead? OK, maybe not.
5-7pm, Java EE Sneak Peek, by invitation only. Invites available at the Java EE and GlassFish booth in the Sun pavillion. The website link promises food, drink, and spec leads... What JavaOne is all about, right? Sounds like geeky, low key fun.
6-8pm, JBoss, Jillian's, registration required, and online reg capped at 100.
They've thrown good parties in the past - although I've heard mixed reviews on occasion. Probably they'll allow registration at their Pavillion booth after the online reg caps out, but no reference to that on their website.
7-9pm, After Dark, Yerba Beuna Gardens, cover band, cash bar.
Some people still love this party, and I am still sorry I missed out on seeing the Mythbusters last year (or was that two years ago?).
Have fun at JavaOne - and again, if you know of any other parties, leave a comment below. And don't forget - the best part of the conference is the people you meet, so don't be shy - they don't know anyone either.
Update: the afterdark party is now inside, with Free Drinks (limit 2 per person). Here's the text:
Dude, It Might Rain, So We're Taking It Inside
After Dark Bash Venue Change
4th and Mission
Thursday, June 4