Speaker

Vincent Mayers

Vincent Mayers

I am not a Software Engineer but I do play one on TV

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Expat Brit, artist, athlete, traveler, and technology community junkie. Vincent is a Java Champion, a steering committee member for MicroProfile, has been a board member of the Atlanta Java Users Group since 2008, and runs some of the USA's premier community technology conferences:
http://devnexus.com
http://connect.tech
http://vueconf.us
http://jconf.dev

Vincent has a degree in 3D Design from the University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom, and, in another life, was a full-time athlete competing at World Championship level in whitewater kayaking.

Area of Expertise

  • Information & Communications Technology

The JUG Business - Tips ’n’ Tricks for Running an Amazing Java User Group

A common theme with technology user and meetup groups is the never-ending battle for space, sponsorship, and growing attendee numbers. This can be a problem whether the entity meets in primary or secondary markets. Several tips can help you run a successful Java user group (JUG), Meetup or most any volunteer-led organization. Content, marketing, scheduling, special events, and consistency are all small factors that can add up to a successful JUG. Come to this session to learn how the Atlanta Java User Group (www.ajug.org) has gone from a loose association of technologists to a business that is growing and self-sustaining, stretching back nearly two decades, centered on the community of Java developers.

Three cups of Java

Communities affect our lives from an early age. It could be a church group, a book club, or a sports team. The fundamentals are the same worldwide, regardless of your involvement. In this talk, we will look at how community involvement affects our lives as software developers and why this is especially important for your professional and personal growth. You have heard of the concept of “eventual consistency” as it pertains to engineering; however, its “intentional consistency” that opens more doors for developers.

In Pashtun culture, community and hospitality are based on three cups of tea.

The first cup of tea, we are strangers. The second cup of tea, we are friends, and after the third cup of tea, we are family. The same can be said for developer communities worldwide, although tea is often replaced with beer!

How a kid from London with a degree in Pottery became a Java Champion and OSS project Steering Committee member.

I have spent a lifetime involved in various communities, Athletics, Art, and now software. Community involvement changed my life; I can show people how it can change theirs.

Vincent Mayers

I am not a Software Engineer but I do play one on TV

Atlanta, Georgia, United States