vJUG is the first online Java Users Group. It allows for anyone from everywhere in the world to join and discuss all Java related topics. JUG conducts Hackdays on a regular basis.
Some info about the participants:
- Heather VanCura is the Chair of the Java Community Process (JCP) Program at Oracle, international speaker, leader of Global Adopt-a-JSR program in conjunction with Java User Group leaders, organizer of developer hack days (aka Hackergartens) around the world and Spec Lead of JSR 364, Broadening JCP Membership, through the JCP Program. Heather is passionate about growing Java technology and community building dynamics.
- Mani Sarkar is a passionate developer mainly in the Java/JVM space, currently living and working in the UK. A member of the London Java Community (LJC), JCP Member, OpenJDK contributor (has been heavily involved with this project in the past), involved in number of developer communities, and F/OSS projects. He sees himself working in the areas of core Java, JVM, JDK, Hotspot, Nashorn and Performance Tuning. Advocate of a number of agile and software craftsmanship practices and a regular at many talks, conferences and hands-on-workshops. Expresses his thoughts often via blog posts, tweets and other forms of social media. He can be found on twitter at @theNeomatrix369.
- Simon Maple is the Director of Developer Relations at ZeroTurnaround, a Java Champion since 2014, JavaOne Rockstar speaker in 2014, Duke's Choice award winner, Virtual JUG founder and organiser, London Java Community co-leader and RebelLabs author. He is an experienced speaker, having presented at JavaOne, JavaZone, Jfokus, DevoxxUK, DevoxxFR, JavaZone, JMaghreb and many more including many JUG tours. His passion is around user groups and communities. When not traveling, Simon enjoys spending quality time with his family, cooking and eating great food.