Beginning some time last year I started to have a closer look at
conferences and their speakers. My main interest was to find out who was
speaking how often. One conference was missing in this analysis because
I really was not sure what can be published without breaking the
confidentiality of the information. Being a member of the program
committee for the second time this year and seeing all those wonderful
sessions forced me to take another look at it and finally today I have
at least some percentages to show to you. A big thank you goes out to
Oracle's Sharat Chander
for giving the permission to do that!
Based on the complete data for what has been submitted to JavaOne 2012 in San Francisco
I will let you have a look at types, distribution and speakers. Every
number given here is a percentage and the numbers behind them are still
confidential. And again: This is an analysis of the complete submitted
data. This doesn't tell you anything about what is going to be selected!
The voting is still ongoing and the different program committees
are hard at work reviewing every single proposal.
First of all let's look at the general distribution of submitted types
independently of any track. Speakers could select any of five different
types for their submission. The classic session, a BoF (Birds of a
feather) a tutorial, a HoL (Hands on Lab) and for the first time this
year a community keynote.
Not a big surprise that most of the submissions are sessions (70,14%).
Second most proposed content are BoFs. Followed by tutorials, HoLs and
some community keynote proposals. Even if this sounds very concrete,
there is still some motion in here. Some BoFs might become sessions and
the other way around.
Submissions per Track
Next most interesting figure is the general distribution of submissions per track. Seven tracks
are there to chose from. Starting with the Core Java Platform and
finishing with Java on Card and Devices. It is good to see a very evenly
distributed number of proposals for every track. Lead by the
Development Tools and Techniques track (24,15%) both Java ME, Java Card
Embedded and Devices (8,21%) and Emerging Languages (5,86%) are the
bottom end. Very few proposals are moved around from track to track
during the voting process but it happens. I don't expect the final
distribution to differ heavily from the one shown below.
|Distribution per Track|
Internal vs. External Submissions
The no 1 question discussed a lot in the past is the number of sessions
given by Oracle employees. even if I would love to make an educated
guess here, anything I can show you is the distribution with regards to
the proposals. I have looked at the first speaker of every session and
assigned it an internal or external flag (yes, that took some time ;)).
More than 2/3rd (71%) of the submissions come from external (aka
non-Oracle) speakers. Even if I have seen some combined proposals also
this is a clear sign, that JavaOne is a community driven conference.
|External vs. Internal Speakers|
But where exactly is Oracle jumping in? Are there differences in
submissions per track if we look at the internal speakers? Internal
proposals have a stronger focus on Embedded Java, the Core Platform and
JavaFX compared with the external submissions.
|Submission Distribution by internal speakers|
|Submission Distribution by external speakers|
What do we learn from all that? JavaOne is going to be a great,
community driven conference with a lot of awesome sessions to come! If
you haven't done so take a look
and register for it
! The final program is going to be announced in a few weeks and there still is plenty of time to find a flight and a hotel near by