JUG-AFRICA Promotes Continent-Wide Collaboration
Yesterday and today, I've featured the first two blog posts by Jean-Francois Bonbhel on the java.net home page. Jean-Francois is the founder of JUG-AFRICA, an umbrella for Java User Groups located in Africa. The objective behind JUG-AFRICA is to help African JUGs "collaborate globally in ways that will ultimately benefit Java developer communities locally."
As he says in his latest post, "Did you say JUG ? Java User ... What ?", Jean-Francois is a relative newcomer to Java User Groups:
Is it still possible to ask this question in 2010? Isn’t the answer obvious? Well no! It was the question I was asking myself three years ago, even though I had been working as a consultant and Java trainer for seven years. In 2007, my ex-colleague Éric Marcoux (Oracle ACE Director) suggested I join JUG Québec (Canada). I said JUG ? Java User…What?
But, after attending JavaOne in 2008, he quickly recognized the benefits of the type of interaction and collaboration that Java user groups facilitate:
Several months later, I went to JavaOne 2008 and when I saw so many developers, architects, engineers from so many countries and so many amazing projects... and heard Matt Thompson (ex-SUN) and nearly 40 JUG Leaders talk about importance of the Java community at «Think Globally and Act Locally» session and met Micheal Levin the co-founder of the impressive West African JUG in Senegal, the question wasn’t «What’s a JUG?» anymore but rather «How can a sense of community and belonging be fostered among Java developper in Africa ?». For me the need of JUG-AFRICA became evident.
All African JUGs are invited to participate in JUG-AFRICA. To stay in touch with JUG-AFRICA happenings, all that's necessary is to subscribe to one or both of the JUG-AFRICA mailing lists.
JUG-AFRICA is off to an impressive start. Already, 12 African JUGs are affiliated with JUG-AFRICA:
|Congo (Kinshasa)|| RDC-JUG
|Congo (Brazzaville)||CongoJUG||Jean-François Bonbhel|
|Senegal(West Africa)||The West African Java User's Group||Lamine Ba and Michael Levin|
Jean-Francois concludes his Did you say JUG? post with:
After talking with Java developpers across Africa, I think JUG-AFRICA could help address
- How to take part in international and regional events ?
- How to increase the visibility of the communities accross the word ?
- How to create link with Java communities across the word ?
lukman_jaji says in his comment to the post, JUG-AFRICA is a "wonderful idea."
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