About

JavaZone is the biggest meeting place for software developers in Scandinavia, and one of Europe’s most important. JavaZone has been described as a high quality, independent conference – a leading forum for knowledge exchange for IT-professionals. Each year around 2,300 conference tickets are sold. In 2011 JavaZone is arranged for the tenth time.

Over 30 large and mid-sized companies – our partners – exhibit their products and services in a separate exhibition space, while more than 100 presentations are given in the conference facilities.

Over the two conference days, we deliver more than 200,000 hours of expertise. In addition, many informal discussions take place at stands and between attendees. Altogether, JavaZone stands out as a tremendous arena for knowledge transfer.

A conference involving so many developers is also a key arena for recruitment. Through their exhibitions and other activities, our partners use the opportunity to promote their business and recruit new staff. JavaZone is more than just a conference. It’s a place to meet, network and socialize!

One of the key factors in the huge success of JavaZone has been the support of a great numbers of volunteers. JavaZone is a conference by and for software developers. Each year thousands of hours are put into making the conference a success.

The Program Committee invites speakers from all over the world. Professionals know what professionals want, so the speakers are hand-picked, and the presentations are highly relevant. In the tradition of the conference, speakers are not paid an appearance fee for their contributions. Around half of the presentations are given in English and the other half in one of the Scandinavian languages. The conference’s unconventional and non-commercial approach has also boosted its popularity.

History

This year sees the tenth consecutive JavaZone. The event started out as a Sun Microsystems event in 2002, with 350 participants in the basement of Chateau Neuf, one of the main hang-outs for Oslo University students. The javaBin user group was given the responsibility for ensuring the technical quality of the event.

In 2004, javaBin took over the whole event, with Sun Microsystems contributing as a partner, on a par with the other partners. javaBin moved the conference to the SAS Hotel on Holbergs plass in Oslo. By then, it had grown to 800 participants and 23 partners.

Over the next three years, interest in JavaZone increased steadily, with 800, 1,000 and then 1,400 participants, and it reached an all-time high in 2008, with 2,300 participants and 47 partners.

javaBin is expecting this year’s conference to be a sell-out as well, in terms of both participants and partners.

To experience the atmosphere at previous JavaZone conferences, check out the pages below: