JCrete® 2019 Trip Report by Martin Toshev

  I will try to briefly describe my experience from jCrete 2019 in this post with the hope you will get some good impressions of the event. It was my first time attending an unconference after so many other (mostly Java-oriented) tech conferences over the last few years. An unconference is essentially a series of discussions initiated by the attendees whereby everyone proposes and schedules a topic for discussion that the other attendees can join.

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JCrete® 2019: Ist das jetzt Urlaub oder Arbeit? (German) by Robin de Silva Jayasinghe

Wenn man als Unterkunft eins der Zimmer in der OAC (Orthodox Academy of Crete ) gebucht hat, wacht man jeden Morgen mit einer gigantischen Aussicht direkt aufs Meer auf. Die allgegenwärtigen Zikaden schlafen noch und man hört das Meer rauschen. Um 6:30 warten auf dem Hof vor dem Zimmer die zwei Läufergruppen. Egal bei wie viel Raki und Bier man den Abend zuvor über die Java-Welt philosophiert hat, Frühsport muss sein. Eine schnelle Gruppe mit 5er Schnitt und eine gemütliche Gruppe mit 7-8er Schnitt erklimmt die Hügel hinter der Akademie. Danach kann man direkt ins Meer springen und sich abkühlen.

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JCrete® 2019: The Magical Unconference by Juan Pablo Andrés Soca

UOW!! What a glorious event! Yes, that’s the feeling after attending JCrete. I was lucky enough to get a place in this select and unique unconference that happened from the 14th to the 19th of July in the beautiful island of Crete. Although I never heard of this event until some months ago when they mentioned it in the LJC, this was the 9th edition. So yes, it’s a success story.  

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Ken Fogel’s JCrete® 2019 Report

I had the amazing good fortune to attend this year’s JCrete. I’m still here in Crete while I write this on the balcony of my hotel. There is likely no better place in the world to hold a gathering especially an Unconference gathering.

Imagine a gathering where every one in attendance is a potential speaker. Rather that the classic “Sage on a Stage” style presentations, an Unconference is about having open discussions on a range of topics presented by the people attending.

Each day begins where anyone can propose a topic they wish to discuss with anyone in attendance who also has an interest in the topic. This was a new experience for me. No projectors (more or less) and no PowerPoint. The proposer of a sessions begins by explaining why they want to discuss their topic and then for the next hour its a free wheeling discussion.

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Horia Constantin’s JCrete® 2018 Report

I will not be able to do JCrete justice in this simple post, because, for me, the event was overwhelming. The people present there were incredibly knowledgeable and I felt humbled many times during the sessions. Initially, it was hard to “just go talk to them”. Later, I got out of my comfort zone and chatted with a couple of them (Robert Scholte, Cliff Click, Heinz Kabutz, Ivan Krylov and Chris Newland, to name a few). It turns out they’re approachable and very inspiring. I’m grateful for the opportunity to interact with them and others.

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Miguel Rodriguez’s JCrete® 2018 Report

My experience at JCrete

This year, I had the pleasure of being invited to arguably the best and most exclusive event around Java in the world.

JCrete is an unconference, probably the first wildly successful one around Java, ‘disorganised’ by Java specialist Heinz Kabutz along with other Java Champions. It started back in 2011 as a space for Java professionals to share experiences in a relaxed environment, under the Mediterranean sun and away from commercial circuits.

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Iakovos Nomikos’ JCrete® 2018 Report

Last July I had the opportunity to make three of my life dreams come true. First was taking a hike to Verliga dragonlake in Pindos, Greece. The second was watching Justice live which happened during We Are Electric festival in Holland. The third and most relative to this blog was attending JCrete unconference.

During my 4 year professional experience as a java developer, I have been to many conferences and meetings across Greece. Voxxed Athens and ThessalonikiJHugDEVit. But among all those an unconference stole my heart. So… why is that?

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Jean-Philippe Bempel’s JCrete® 2018 Report

As described on the web site:

An Open Spaces Conference on an Island in the Mediterranean Sea

But all attendees speak about it as an “unconference” in opposition as a traditional one. What is so different? No CFP, No speakers, No pre-planned agenda, Open Space Technology usage.

In practice, when you arrive to JCrete you don’t know about the subjects that will be discussed during the 4 days (Last day is a Hackaton). Even if the main topic is Java/JVM ecosystem, other subjects from “Self-awareness of introverts” to “Startup experiences” via “Spectre/Meltdown crash course” are discussed.

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