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: even so, it isn’t going to happen!

But it takes more than a virus to keep JAlbans down, so JAlba 2020 is going ahead — in cyberspace. We ran a very successful pilot in early April, with 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 was pretty good. So we’re going to do it properly: JAlba 2020 is happening on the original dates: 7th to 9th of May.

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

May 1600–1700
Wednesday 6th Meet the tech, and the people! Float some ideas!
1400-1430 1435-1525 1535-1625 1625-1700
Thursday 7th Marketplace Session 1 Session 2 Washup and whisky
Friday 8th Marketplace Session 1 Session 2 Washup and whisky
Saturday 9th Maybe extra sessions… who knows?