Fàilte gu Alba (cha mhòr)

After more than 20 years, Java is still at the head of programming languages. For even longer, Scotland (called in Gaelic “Alba”) has been at the head of the world’s nations. What could make more sense than to put the two together, with a Java unconference in Edinburgh, the Athens of the North?

Well, nothing could make more sense! Except, perhaps, keeping safe in a pandemic. So it didn’t happen last year, and it’s not happening this year either.

But it takes more than a virus to keep JAlbans down, so JAlba 2021 is going ahead—in cyberspace. And for our second virtual event in the pandemic, we’re showing just what Scotland feels for the spirit of Brexit, and reviving instead the spirit of the Auld Alliance, by partnering with JChateau, an initiative of the Paris JUG.

For last year’s virtual JAlba, we copied many of the features of the real thing: an ideas marketplace, breakout rooms, hallway conversations, and good single malt whisky (BYOB, unfortunately). We missed the boat ride and the fancy dinners but, under the circumstances, it went very well. This year we’ll do it  all again, but with whisky and wine, in deference to our French partners: JAlba-JChateau 2021 is happening, real soon now: 28th to 30th of July.

Here’s the programme (times are in BST, that is GMT+1):

July 2021 1600–1700
Wednesday 28th Meet the tech, and the people! Float some ideas!
1400-1430 1435-1525 1535-1625 1625-1700
Thursday 29th Marketplace Session 1 Session 2 Washup, wine/whisky
Friday 30th Marketplace Session 1 Session 2 Washup, whisky/wine