Fàilte gu Alba!

After 25 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?

So the fifth edition of the coolest Java unconference there is (note: nothing to do with the Scottish climate!), will kick off on 15th May 2024. Around thirty super-interesting people will meet to spend three days talking about Java, the Java ecosystem, wider technology questions, and—well, everything that interests them. And to enjoy Edinburgh—the UK’s best place to visit—with world-class architecture, superb scenery, Scotland’s history concentrated into a few hundred metres, and of course the world’s best whisky!

People who came to previous JAlbas (2018, 2019, 2022,  2023, 2024) were happy that they’d come—the feedback looked like this:

  • “people’s openness and willingness to share knowledge. Organization was great also”
  • “excellent setup, high quality participants, very good atmosphere”
  • “great sessions, interesting afternoon program, good food”
  • “knowledgeable people, great location, whisky”
  • “building relationships with fellow passionate developers”
  • “the never ending conversations. The whole trip was just overflowing with ideas and stories”
  • “I really enjoyed every minute of JAlba! The conversations and contact with everyone was great”
  • “Thank you again for a wonderful event! I’m looking forward to next year :-)”
  • “I was really inspired by the passion and enthusiasm everyone seemed to have, not only for Java, but for their profession and for various projects, and that is definitely something valuable I took home with me”
  • “I can’t think of anything I did not enjoy, to be honest”
  • “Once again thanks for organising JAlba – I enjoyed this unconference very much. We had a wonderful week in Edinburgh.”
  • “It was a fantastic event.”
  • “Great discussions in the morning during the sessions and in the afternoon during some wonderful sightseeing trips.”
  • “I can’t thank you enough for making JAlba happen. It was a great opportunity to meet the experts in person and to learn something new.”
Our venue, seen a few years back