Heather VanCura is Chair and Director of the JCP Program at Oracle. She is also a leader of the global community driven adoption programs. Heather drives the efforts to transform the JCP and broaden participation and diversity in the community. Heather is passionate about Java, women in technology and developer communities, serving as an international speaker and community organizer of developer hack days around the world. Heather enjoys speaking at developer, diversity and open source conferences around the world. She resides in the San Francisco Bay Area, California USA and enjoys trying new sports and fitness activities in her free time.
Learn how to take part in Java technology evolution through the Java Community Process (JCP) program. You can participate as an individual, corporation, or nonprofit such as a Java user group (JUG). This session answers questions about why and how to participate in the JCP Program. You will also learn about the global Adoption programs and how you can participate in the programs. We will discuss details such as how to run hack days, collaborate with other JUG leads on Adopt-a-JSR activities, and review use cases from other JUGs around the world contributing to the Java EE 8 and Java SE 9 JSRs.
Whatever your perspective, diversity in the workplace is good for business, yet the number of women working in technology remains low around the globe. To make an impact on diversity numbers, and retain the women we do have in technology, we need to engage men as partners, sponsors, mentors and champions -- allies. Let's put this into action with 10 ways to ally for woman in technology. Learn ways to advance women in the workplace and the community - whether it is at the office, at conferences, or online. Become more confident in speaking up for women in technology.