Jenkins HackCamp at Tokyo

Right after JavaOne, I traveled to Tokyo, and attended a 3-day hack camp. The Jenkins community had done several 1-day hackathon around the world, but this is the first that spanned across multiple days.

14 people came to a small traditional hotel in this small sea-side city of Ito, a 90 minutes train ride away from Tokyo city center, complete with a spa. Japanese people have a special place in their hearts for a spa, so we had to have one!

We stayed there for close to 48 hours, and the hacking was literally around the clock! I was still somewhat jet-lagged, so I went to sleep earlier, but when I woke up next morning around 6am, some people were still hacking code!

In between the hacking, we ate, drunk, talked, and took a bath. Some of us played board games that one of us brought (there seems to be a non-trivial intersection between the board game fans and open-source hackers.) There were a wide variety of activities, ranging from Arduino hardware hacking for XFD to automatic slave registration based on Android devices connected to USB, a bunch of automatic tool installers to classloader enhancements. Those results should be made online once people recovered from the trip.

One lesson for me for the next occasion is to plan for more ice-breaker events (which involves more drinking!) Maybe asking everyone to do a 5-10 minutes mini-talk about what they do and who they are.

My take on Jenkins User Conference

Last week, we had our first ever Jenkins User Conference. More than 30 talks have been proposed (of which we were only able to accomodate 10 or so), 7 companies had helped pay for the event, and more than 250 people attended (out of 400 people registered.) People came from all over the world, from Japan, Korea, Australia, Europe, and so on. One of them even told me that he primarily came from Sweden for JUC, and being able to go to JavaOne was a nice extra. That’s saying something!

For me, to see the project I started 7 years ago to come this far, it was a rather special day. I was able to talk to many people during the day, most of the talks were quite good, and I enjoyed every bit of it. I hope other people felt the same way.

I’ve done the keynote that discusses the current state of the Jenkins project, and the progress we’ve made in the last 8 months since the divorce drama. The slides can be seen below, and I belive the recording will be posted online later.

Thank you for everyone who came, and thank you to those who made this event possible (especially Alyssa, Lisa, and Heidi who did the real hard work of organizing the event and taking care of the logistics.)
There was interest in doing another one in Europe. I certainly hope it would happen!