JCrete® 2015 – 20-24 July

Thank you for showing interest in the JCrete® 2015 event.

This is the 5th JCrete® Symposium. Last year’s great success gives us the will to run it again in summer – this time in July! The unconference will take place at the Orthodox Academy of Crete Conference Centre.

This is the only conference where you can:

  • meet Java Champions and geeks that share the same interests as you
  • learn about the latest technologies in the field
  • get hands-on experience directly from the experts by the swimming pool with a beer
  • participate in the organisation of the event (Open Spaces conference or unconference)
  • explore Crete and enjoy the Mediterranean sea and sun
  • discover the unique Cretan hospitality and taste the most delicious Cretan cuisine
  • make friends

Here are some happy comments from Java programmers who visited Crete to broaden their understanding.

Walking a Gorge


The theme for our 2015 JCrete® is: Making the Java world a better place.

Spread the word

There is an identi.ca and twitter hashtag #JCrete and a [link] for the symposium, please use those when you share the information. Here is also a google group for those who are interested in participating.

Java course in Crete


Heinz Kabutz has been running advanced Java courses on the Island of Crete since 2005. One of the challenges has been to convince bosses that we were really working hard and not just having fun. So we thought, why not combine an informal conference with a whole lot of fun in the sun and then do exactly what the boss was scared of? Besides, we are not charging for the conference.

The way we have formatted the schedule, you can discuss some interesting Java topics with fellow geeks whilst your loved ones are sleeping and resting (yes, please do bring them along). And then after lunch, we are free to do whatever.

This is an Open Spaces conference. Its success depends on you.

We already have a range of Java experts who have agreed to join us. We hope you will also do so.

Hani’s Delicious Food


The conference starts on Monday 20th and ends on Friday 24th of July 2015.

Sessions will run from 9:00 until 12:30 every morning. After that you will be free to go on interesting excursions or carry on chatting to fellow Java programmers.

Read here more information about the concept of Open Spaces Conferences and see the Space-Time Matrix for the detail of the schedule.

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  • 20:00 – 23:30: Informal BBQ at the OAC for all attendees and their families

Chania Old Town


  • 09:00 – 09:30: Welcome, Introduction to Open Spaces
  • 10:00 – 11:00: Session 1
  • 11:30 – 12:30: Session 2
  • 13:00 – 14:00: Lunch at OAC
  • 14:00 – 18:00: Afternoon excursion (ancient olive tree or Falassarna beach)
  • 19:00 – late: Dinner at various restaurants (Afrata, Kolymbari, Falassarna, etc.)

Hiking, snorkeling, beaching, informal talks.

Cretan Beaches


  • 06:30 – 13:00: Balos excursion
  • 13:00 – 14:00: Lunch at OAC
  • 14:00 – 15:00: Session 3
  • 15:15 – 16:15: Session 4
  • 16:30 – 17:30: Session 5
  • 20:00 – late   : Dinner in Chania (e.g. Portes, Hani, Tamam)

Hiking, snorkeling, beaching, informal talks

Secret Beach


  • 09:00 – 10:00: Session 6
  • 10:15 – 11:15: Session 7
  • 11:30 – 12:30: Session 8
  • 13:00 – 14:00: Lunch at OAC
  • 14:00 – 19:00: Visit to Chania old town
  • 20:00 – late  : Dinner at Leventis Taverna

Hiking, snorkeling, beaching, informal talks.

Ancient Aptera (not Heinz’s house ;-)


  • 09:00 – 10:00: Session 9
  • 10:15 – 11:15: Session 10
  • 11:30 – 12:30: Session 11
  • 13:00 – 14:00: Lunch at OAC
  • 14:00 – 18:00: Various excursions, e.g. swimming at Afrata or at Elafonissi.
  • 20:00 – late  : BBQ at the OAC with music by Core The Band.

Hiking, snorkeling, beaching, informal talks


  • 09:00 – 12:30: Hackday
  • 13:00 – 14:00: Lunch at OAC
  • 14:00 – late : free


Serious Java Discussion in Crete


  • 10:00 – 16:00: JCrete4Kids in Heraklion


OAC charges a fee to use their conference facilities which is 20€ per day per person or 100€ for the 5 days per person. Even though we don’t charge anything for the unconference, we reserve the right to charge for future Symposiums.


Once you have put your name down for the conference, we expect you to please make every effort to attend. Since this is an exclusive event where we will probably need to turn people away, no-shows are unfairly disadvantaging other people. Please let us know well in advance if you cannot make it. More information here.



The Orthodox Academy of Crete offers rooms but we need to stress that it is not a hotel. If you need a more relaxed atmosphere you can look at the relevant list of nearby hotels at our accommodation page.


Please check here for airlines that fly to Chania. The airport code that you should try to get to is CHQ (Chania). Another airport on Crete is HER (Heraklion) but that is about 2.5 hours drive from Chania.

Usually you will need to fly via Athens (ATH) to get to Chania. Expedia is quite good at scheduling flights. Aegean Airlines is an excellent Greek airline and a Star Alliance partner. Olympic Air is another option.

Charter flights might be in operation from your country. Crete Travel maintain a relatively up-to-date list of European charter companies. Examples of charter flights are EasyJet from LondonNorwegian from NorwayThomas Cook and Condor from Germany.

From Brussels to Chania, you can fly with Jet Air Fly or Aegean or Ryanair (from Charleroi). Ryanair announced cheap flights from Athens to Chania (starting from 12€ excluding taxes), too.

Good page for doing a fuzzy search ‘My Country’ -> Chania: skyscanner.net. This guide app could be useful, too.

The scheduled flights with Aegean Airlines might end up to be cheaper. The stop in Athens can be a bit inconvenient, but it is one of the nicer airports in the world. Not too large, with a lovely Greek restaurant called “Olive Tree” in the top level next to MacDonald’s. If you have a larger budget, head over to the restaurant in the Sofitel airport hotel.

If your layover in Athens if very long, you could consider a trip to Athens Center to see the Parthenon and other sights.

It might be a good idea to share the Arrival and Departure times of the attendees, to be able to share a Taxi e.g.


It is a good idea to rent a car, so that you can go on excursions. Again, sharing is a good idea. Good for the environment and the pocket. The question is – who should you rent from?

Kirk Pepperdine arrived on Crete a few years ago, having booked a rental car online for very cheap. After waiting at the airport for over an hour, he realized that no car was going to arrive.

We recommend two companies for car rentals. They belong to friends who make sure that you are well looked after.

  1. Horafakia Car Rentals
  2. Kydon Rent A Car

Horafakia Car Rentals is offering us a special price of 22-25 € per day for 4 and 5 seater cars. This includes full comprehensive insurance, with an excess of 300-400 €, depending on the vehicle. Please tell them the code “Java” on booking to ensure that you get the good rate. It is the same daily rate as if you rent the vehicle for a whole week.

It is common practice by all car rental agencies in Greece to give you cars with half-full or empty petrol tanks. Don’t be surprised at this – simply return the car with approximately the same amount of petrol in the tank.

Renting a Bus

We found a bus rental company, IO Tours, tel +30 28210 27497 or +30 69733 50321. They have busses with 27, 31, 52, 53 or 60 seats. In case we want to do a group excursion, this might be a good option.

Driving in Crete

Street signs in Crete. Most drivers add up the numbers …

You have heard that Greece is looking for cash. An easy way to collect money is from drivers who are breaking the rules. Just stick to the law and you will be fine(d).

Please try to stick to the speed limit whenever possible.

Do not drink alcohol and drive.

Wear your seat belt at all times.

Do not speak on your phone whilst driving.

Slow down to a crawl when there are sheep on the road.