Heather VanCura

Java Community Process | Chair

Chair of the JCP, Community Builder, hack day organizer, Java (JCP tweets @jcp_org), international speaker. Diversity, Women & Girls in Tech.

Heather VanCura leads the JCP Community and Program Office. In her role she is responsible for the day-to-day nurturing, support, and leadership of the community. In this role she also is an international speaker, mentor and leader or hack days. Heather oversees the JCP.org web site, JSR management, community building, events, marketing, communications, and growth of the membership. She is also a contributor and leader of the community driven Adopt-a-JSR programs. In 2014, Heather became Spec Lead for JSR 364, Broadening JCP Membership, as part of the ongoing JCP.Next effort. Heather is passionate about Java and developer communities. She enjoys trying new sports and fitness activities in her free time.


Java Community Participation and Collaboration
The Java Community Process (JCP) remains key to the evolution of the Java platform, and we are celebrating the 25 year anniversary of Java in 2020. This session will discuss the changes in the Java community and the increased transparency that enables participation in the JCP program. Learn about the latest Java innovations being developed through the JCP to be brought to the Java SE Platform through the OpenJDK development efforts – Java SE 14 and beyond. Since the initiation of efforts to expand the developer participation in the Java community, Java standards development is more open that it ever has been. Learn how to take part in the Java developer community and the upcoming changes to Java – 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 evolution of the Java platform. You will also learn about the global Adoption programs and how you can participate in contributing to the future of Java.