CFP Committee

The CFP committee is comprised of a small group of Java Champions.

List is in progress


Ken Fogel

Expertise: Java Tools & Frameworks, Cloud

Java Champion, CS teacher, JavaOne/CodeOne/ApacheCon speaker. The organizer of DawsCon, the free one-day software conference for students and new developers, on January 15, 2021, at Dawson College, Montreal. Message me if you want to be involved in DawsCon.

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Josh Juneau

Josh Juneau is an Application Developer, Database Administrator, and System Analyst in his day job. His primary focus is on Java EE, Jakarta EE, and web/enterprise systems, as he has been developing distributed database application systems since the early 2000s. Josh also enjoys working with JavaFX as well as other JVM languages. He is a member of the JCP, an Apache NetBeans developer, Java Champion, and he works on the OSS Initiative and for the Chicago Java Users Group. He has written a number of books for Apress and technical articles for publications such as Java Magazine. Josh is a usual suspect on the OffHeap and Stackd podcasts.

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Heinz Kabutz

Heinz is the author of The Java Specialists’ Newsletter (, a publication enjoyed by tens of thousands of Java experts in over 150 countries.

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Rustam Mehmandarov

Rustam is a Java Champion and Google Developer Expert (GDE) for Cloud. He lives and works in Oslo, Norway, working as a chief engineer and consultant specializing in Java platform, and a competency network coordinator at work. Previously, he has been leading JavaZone and the Norwegian JUG – javaBin. Rustam is passionate about open source and sharing his knowledge with others. He is a frequent speaker at both national and international conferences and events.

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Bazlur Rahman

A N M Bazlur Rahman works at Contrast Security as a Sr. Software Engineer. He has more than ten years of professional experience in the software industry, predominantly in Java and Java-related technologies. Recently, he was named a Java Champion. Outside of his regular work hours, he loves to mentor, write, speak at conferences, and contribute to open-source projects. He is the founder and current moderator of the Java User Group in Bangladesh. He has organized meetups and conferences to share Java-related knowledge with the community since 2013. He was named Most Valuable Blogger (MVP) at DZone, one of the most recognized technology publishers in the world. Besides DZone, he is an editor for the Java Queue at InfoQ, another leading technology content publisher and conference organizer, and an editor at, a place for friends of OpenJDK. In addition, he has published four books about the Java programming language in Bengali; they were bestsellers in Bangladesh. He earned his bachelor's degree from the Institute of Information Technology, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, in Information Technology, majoring in Software Engineering. He currently lives in Toronto, Canada.

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Kito Mann

Kito D. Mann is the Principal Consultant at Virtua, Inc. (, specializing in enterprise application architecture, training, development, and mentoring with Web Components, Polymer, Angular, JavaServer Faces, and Java EE technologies. He is also the editor-in-chief of (, co-host of the Enterprise Java Newscast (, and the author of JavaServer Faces in Action (Manning). Mann has participated in several Java Community Process expert groups (including CDI, JSF and Portlets) and is also an internationally recognized speaker. He is also a Java Champion and Google Developer Expert in Web Technologies. He holds a BA in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University.

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Kirk Pepperdine

Kirk has been speaking about performance for more than 20 years.

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