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JavaOne Excitement Is In the Air

Posted by amvernon on December 7, 2005 at 4:37 PM PST

It isn't holiday excitement that I am experiencing right now, but the thrill of having nearly 1400 papers to review for the 2006 JavaOne Conference. You've heard of the "hockey stick" effect - the steep upturn in revenue or sales as a fiscal period nears a close? I've never witnessed anything quite like this.

The Call for Papers opened on November 1, 2005. The deadline was November 30, 2005: one month to write and submit a brief abstract on some technology to be (hopefully) presented at JavaOne. Was it the Thanksgiving holiday that caught so many of you off-guard or was it plain old-fashioned procrastination? 2006 seems like months away (less than 2!)

On Tuesday, November 29 at 2pm, our content website showed 359 papers submitted. In the next 36 hours, nearly 1100(!) technical talks and birds of a feather proposals were submitted. A huge thanks to the Java developer community for your overwhelming support of the 2006 JavaOne Conference Call for Papers.

I am the newest member of a team inside of Sun Microsystems that lives and breathes JavaOne all year long. My role is to manage the content along with the Program Committee (more about them in a future episode.) In the 23 weeks from now until the 2006 JavaOne Conference, I'd like to share some insight into the review process, the criteria we use to judge submissions and provide tips for future submitters. You might even get a peek at some of the "Rock Star" speakers that will be making appearances at JavaOne and the topics they will present.

In my next episode - a tribute to the "Rock Stars." An interview, photos, maybe, just maybe a excerpt of an award winning performance. Stay tuned.

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