This is a brief summary of the J On The Beach conference. The conference’s organizers say: J On The Beach is an international rendezvous for developers and DevOps around big data technologies. A fun conference to learn and share the latest experiences related to topics like distributed systems, IoT projects, Big Data Architectures and, the most important part, it’s On The Beach!. They delivered what they promised. There was fun and a opportunity to learn something new.
The conference took place in Málaga, Spain, 17th-19th May, 2017. I attended the conference together with my colleagues from work. The event was mainly about technical topics. Only few talks established a connection between science and technology. There were also a hackathon and workshops. In my opinion, few presentations were on a high level. Most of other talks were on a mid-level. We could also experience some poor talks.
I’d suggest to introduce more talks about software development process phases other than pure development. More topics about Agile, Scrum, leadership, product development, project management can attract more people. Soft talks would differentiate the agenda. Such talks can be mainly found on bigger software development conferences.
The conference’s venue was in La Térmica, Málaga. La Térmica is the cultural reference point of Malaga. Very nice place for a conference. There was a great atmosphere there, at the conference and at the after party as well. The climate and the weather strongly supported that. A trip to Malaga can be also a good opportunity to visit the city.
The event made on me a positive impression. The topics, place and general organization created together a good time to learn, relax and visit Málaga.