A New Meeting Place for the Eclipse Community in North America
Since the very early days of the Eclipse Foundation, we have used our conferences in both the US and in Europe as ways to bring together members, committers, contributors, and other stakeholders who have a vested interest in our community. These conferences have served as primary vehicles for showcasing our projects, for demonstrating new directions, and for generally enabling us to advance our sense of community.
2017 marks a new direction as we reset how we engage in North America. The Eclipse Foundation will, for the first time, bring together two distinct but related events – Eclipse Converge and Devoxx US – to form a new experience for our community.
Eclipse Converge and Devoxx US
Eclipse Converge will be held March 20, 2017, immediately followed by Devoxx US on March 21-23, 2017. Both events are being held at the San Jose Convention Center in downtown San Jose, California.
Eclipse Converge is a one-day event directed exclusively to Eclipse-related technologies. It is intended to provide a forum for Eclipse committers, contributors, and stakeholders to meet and share ideas. The technical talks at Eclipse Converge deal directly with the Eclipse ecosystem.
Devoxx US builds off the well-respected Devoxx conference series run throughout Europe, by bringing this vendor-neutral, community-oriented developer conference to North America for the first time. Devoxx US is intended for the broader developer community, and is an affordable meeting place for developers to learn about the latest trends in software development. And as part of our role as host and organizer, Eclipse topics are well represented in the technical program of Devoxx US and with sponsors in the Devoxx US exhibit hall.
Why make this change, and why two separate events?
By invigorating our conference program in North America in this manner, we are offering a new way to showcase Eclipse technologies on a broader stage. Acting as host and organizer of Devoxx US is a great opportunity for the Eclipse Foundation, as it enables us to broaden the audience for Eclipse technologies to the more than 1,000 developers expected to attend this inaugural event.
In keeping with their two distinct programs, Eclipse Converge and Devoxx US have two separate Call for Papers. The Devoxx US Call for Papers ended in early October, and saw over 750 submissions received – a fantastic number for the first event. The program is being announced throughout November, and includes the “rock stars” from the developer world, including many who have traditionally spoken at EclipseCons in the past.
The Eclipse Converge Call for Papers is now open and runs through December 12. This CFP is narrower in scope, seeking talks that are directed more exclusively to the Eclipse community. More details can be found on the CFP page.
Registration is open now on both the Devoxx US and Eclipse Converge websites.
We hope to see all of the Eclipse community for the four days of these two aligned events in March!!