OpenJDK Committers’ Workshop

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1–2 August 2018
Oracle Auditorium
Santa Clara, California, USA

OpenJDK Committers and other regular contributors traditionally meet each February, at FOSDEM in Brussels. Now that we’re shipping a new JDK every six months, it’s high time that we try to meet more than once a year.

To fill that need, at least for this year, Oracle will host an OpenJDK Committers’ Workshop on the first two days of August, immediately after the JVM Language Summit at Oracle’s campus in Santa Clara, California, USA.

The Workshop will begin with a few prepared presentations on the state of the OpenJDK Community and the JDK technical roadmap, but most of the time will be an “unconference” for the discussion of both technical and community issues. To propose a session that you’d like to lead, or to express your interest in a topic that you’d like someone else to address, please see below.

Space will be limited, just as at the JVM Language Summit, so this won’t be as broad a gathering as the FOSDEM Free Java meeting. Preference will be given to Committers with a strong record of past contributions, though some space will be made for new Committers who have a strong potential for ongoing future contributions.


A light breakfast will be available at 8am each day. We’ll start at 9am. Lunch will be at noon, and we’ll wrap up by 5:30pm.


Most of the Workshop’s time will be organized as an unconference.

Sessions will be of two possible lengths, short (20–30 minutes) and long (45–60m); we’ll determine the exact length once we see how many proposals are made.

The very first unconference session will be devoted to deciding the agenda for the rest of the unconference. Additional, last-minute session proposals may be made at that time.

The unconference sessions will not be recorded.

To help organize things at least a little bit in advance, we’re collecting both proposals for specific sessions and suggestions of specific topics.

Session proposals

If you’d like to lead a session on a specific topic, please send a message to the workshop-discuss list with a subject line that starts with “Workshop proposal:”. Include a clearly-marked title, abstract, length (short or long), brief biography (or link to same), and blog and microblog links if relevant. We’ll add your proposal to the above list.

A session may include a prepared presentation, or it may just be free-form discussion, or anything in between—it’s all up to you and those who show up. If you start with a prepared presentation, though, please make sure to leave ample time for questions and discussion.

Topic suggestions

If there’s a topic that you’d like to discuss, or just hear more about, but you’re not willing lead a session on it, then please send a note describing the topic to the workshop-discuss list with a subject line that starts with “Workshop topic:”. Give your topic a name, describe it, and be sure to include one or more questions that you’d expect session participants to address. Such expressions of interest could motivate other people to propose relevant sessions.


The Workshop is organized by:

Andrew Haley (Red Hat)
Doug Lea (SUNY Oswego)
Liam Miller-Cushon (Google)
Mark Reinhold (Oracle)
Dalibor Topic (Oracle)
Johan Vos (Gluon)

Questions? Comments? Suggestions?

Send a note to, the general mailing list for anyone interested in the Workshop. (Make sure to subscribe to the list before you post to it, otherwise your message will be rejected as spam.)