From the Devnation Agenda site:
It's been around for a long time, but everyone's talking about it all of a sudden. But why and why now? We've been programming in languages like Java for a while, quite well. Now we're asked to change and the languages themselves are changing towards this style of programming. In this keynote, a passionate polyglot programmer and author of "Functional Programming in Java: Harnessing the Power of Java 8 Lambda Expressions" will share the reasons we need to make the paradigm shift and the pure joy—the benefits—we will reap from it.
Speaker: Dr. Venkat Subramaniam
Dr. Venkat Subramaniam is an award-winning author, founder of Agile Developer, Inc., and an instructional professor at the University of Houston.
He has trained and mentored thousands of software developers in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia, and is a regularly-invited speaker at several international conferences. Venkat helps his clients effectively apply and succeed with agile practices on their software projects.
Venkat is a (co)author of multiple books, including the 2007 Jolt Productivity award winning book Practices of an Agile Developer. His latest book is Functional Programming in Java: Harnessing the Power of Java 8 Lambda Expressions. You can reach him by email at email@example.com or on twitter at @venkat_s.