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‘Heeeey, heeeeey, I wanna be a rock star!’

JAXConf is less than 100 days away now! In just over 2 months we’ll be in Santa Clara watching the best of the best in the developer world making our ecosystem that bit more inspiring. So we thought we would kick off this blog looking at one certain group of speakers we have on board who have been labelled with the Oracle Badge of Honor that is known as ‘The Java Rock star!’

These speakers were the highest rated at last year’s JavaOne conference held by Oracle and we are delighted and very excited to be welcoming them to this years JAXConf! Lets have a quick lowdown on these four code comrades:


Chris Bailey


Chris Bailey is part of the Java Technology Center (JTC) team in IBM based at the Hursley Park Development Lab in the UK. He is the technical architect for the IM Java service and support organization, responsible for enabling users of the IBM SDK for Java to deliver successful application deployments. Chris is also involved in gathering and assessing new requirements, the delivering of new debugging capabilities and tools, improvements in documentation, and improving the wider quality of the IBM SDK for Java.

Chris is presenting the following sessions:

David Blevins


David Blevins is a founder of the Apache OpenEJB Apache Geronimo and TomEE projects. He is also has been a contributor to many other Open Source Java EE related projects for over 10 years. David was an active member of the EJB 3.0 (JSR 220), EJB 3.1 (JSR 318) and Java EE 6 (JSR 316) Expert Groups, and contributing author to Component-Based Software Engineering: Putting the Pieces Together from Addison Wesley. He can be found speaking on these topics at JavaOne, ApacheCon, and O’Reilly Open Source Convention.

David is presenting the following session:

Apache TomEE, Java EE 6 Web Profile on Tomcat


Stephen Chin


Stephen Chin is a Java Technology Ambassador at Oracle specializing in UI technologies and co-author of the Pro JavaFX Platform 2 title, which is the leading technical reference for JavaFX. He has been featured at Java conferences around the world including Devoxx, Codemash, OSCON, J-Fall, GeeCON, Jazoon, and JavaOne, where he twice received a Rock Star Award. In his evenings and weekends, Stephen is an open-source hacker, working on projects including ScalaFX, a DSL for JavaFX in the Scala language,Visage, a UI oriented JVM language, JFXtras, a JavaFX component and extension library, and Apropos, an Agile Project Portfolio scheduling tool written in JavaFX. Stephen can be followed on twitter @steveonjava and reached via his blog:

Stephen is presenting the following session:

Mocha Raspberry Pi Hacking

Lez Hazelwood


Les Hazlewood is co-founder and CTO of Stormpath and the Apache Shiro PMC Chair. Prior to forming Stormpath, he held senior architectural positions at Bloomberg and Delta Airlines and he was former CTO of a software engineering firm supporting educational and government agencies. Les has been actively involved in Open Source development for more than 10 years, committing or contributing to projects like the Spring Framework, JBoss, and of course Apache Shiro. Les has a BS in Computer Science from Georgia Tech, currently lives in San Mateo, CA and practices Kendo and studies Japanese when he’s not banging out code. Les is a frequent presenter at cloud security and technical user groups, and has presented at OSCON, JavaOne and other major conferences.

Lez is presenting the following session:

Designing a Beautiful REST+JSON API


Kevin Nilson

Kevin is a JavaOne Rockstar, Java Champion and VP of Engineering at is a stealth mode startup in the Mobile and Social space that is part of Google’s Startup Labs. Kevin has spoke at conferences such as JavaOne, Devoxx, JAX, Silicon Valley Code Camp, and AjaxWorld. Kevin is the author of Web 2.0 Fundamentals and leader of the Silicon Valley Web Developer Java User Group, Silicon Valley Google Technology User Group and Silicon Valley JavaScript Meetup.

Kevin is presenting the following session:

And these four Rock Stars are just the tip of the iceberg at JAXConf. To find out more about the plethora of sessions, workshops and keynotes we’re running, visit!

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