When MuleSoft opened the office in Buenos Aires, everybody from San Francisco was asking about the Java User Group here. We researched and found that there were a couple of initiatives to start it but died long time ago. We thought it would be great not only to sponsor one, but to create it and help Argentina to have it’s own Java User Group.
I contacted many really good guys down here, who are already working in java and also shared this view of building and growing a community. Developers from companies like Plugtree, JRapid, Zauber Software and Globant came to the first meetings I organized. It was great to find guys who really wanted to contribute to spread the use of Java and building a place where the best developers in Argentina can go and find pairs to discuss and share thoughts. We agree that it should be a place built by developers for developers, and not a place where recruiters would come to advertize positions like “International company, leader in the market is looking for a coding monkeys to fill many positions”. Our goal is to build a place where people is inspired and encouraged to extend their limits and do incredible things. I organized a meeting which we got at least 20 people from the initial companies, to get first impressions and how we should move things forward. I saw people got really involved and interested in discussing, learning and sharing knowledge.
What was the reaction
We are really exited to see how this turn out. In 2 weeks, more than 80 people joined the group and we expect it to keep growing. Many came to help us in this initiative, and others thanked us for starting the group in Argentina. I got contacted by more people in the java word to help on building the community. I’m impressed about how fast and quickly things are moving, and I hope we can keep up with such great impact.
Make JUG Argentina a central place for the best java developers in Argentina. A place to discuss and work together the future of many java technologies. A place people who is starting in java can see where the technology is going and how they can be part of that future. Like Kennedy would say, “And so, my fellow Java Users: ask not what your JUG can do for you – ask what you can do for your JUG”.
I would like to thank, first MuleSoft for the big support to start the JUG. Also the guys from Plugtree, JRapid, Zauber and Globant who are really committed into the project too. Atlassian and JetBrains, for their JUG support program and responsiveness. The Government of Buenos Aires city, for the support and helping us to find a place to host the meetings. And all the guys who contacted me to encourage and support the JUG.
We are working on spreading the word and getting more and more developers joining us. If you know any java developer in Argentina, let them know about this initiative and look for us at www.jugargentina.org.