JavaOne 2011 Wrap-up
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Opportunities to Meet EC Candidates
Since activity for the upcoming EC election occurs throughout the month of October, the JavaOne conference offers a convenient opportunity to encourage the nomination of new candidates and inform the community about those already nominated. Toward that end, candidates were invited to explain their interest in running. At Monday evening’s “Meet the Executive Committee Candidates” BOF session, several candidates introduced themselves.
Three candidates are running for ratified seats on the ME EC. Nokia, represented by Erkki Rysa, and SK Telecom, represented by Hoojong Kim, could not attend. IBM continues to be represented by Mark Rogalski, but Jason Gartner spoke in Mark’s absence. IBM makes hardware and software, believes in standards, and depends on Java. CDC and modularity are key. IBM’s ME business is in feature phones. “Small Java needs to be part of our future,” Jason said.
By Wednesday morning, the candidate roster had expanded to include Twitter, represented by Attila Szegedi for the ME elected seat. Joining him on the Community Hub outdoor stage of the Mason Street Café, were Central Ohio Java Users Group, represented by Dan Sline for the elected SE/EE seat , and SAP, represented by Steve Winkler for the SE/EE ratified seat.
Attila is the JVM performance expert at Twitter, there for 15 months, making him a veteran. He referred to the previous day’s keynote address, which announced Twitter’s decision to join the JCP program and Open JDK and to run for an EC seat. Twitter is currently transitioning to be JVM based. “We think of JVM as a platform, and we’re concerned with scalability and interoperability. We need to ensure that we have features we need since we are betting the house on JVM,” Atilla said. “We discovered solutions that we think would be helpful to standardize. I look forward to participating and cooperating and learning from existing and old members. I’m hoping this is a great opportunity to ramp up our expertise in this.”
Dan intends to use his seat as a community-based position, not just to promote Ohio JUG’s perspective. He wants to help the language develop in the way it should go and encourage more people to join JCP program.
Steve repeated what he had said about SAP at the BOF session, and added, “We’re on the EC already and hope to continue going forward.”
The PMO is always looking for ways to increase participation in the voting process. Votenet, the organization that runs the voting mechanism, says the JCP program already has one of the best voter turnout records, with an average of 25 percent of the community voting. However, the PMO wants to raise that bar higher by helping members become better informed about the candidates. Read more about these candidates and newer candidates here: http://jcp.org/aboutJava/communityprocess/elections/2011-nominees.html
The PMO has planned additional conference calls to help the community with that. The first call is scheduled for Thursday, October 20 at 8:30 am PT. More details about those events will be posted on the JCP blog, Facebook page, and Twitter feed. Nominations for the elected seats close on October 13, and the ballot is open for voting 18-31 October.