In this session from the representatives of Croatian Java User Association (HUJAK) we will take a look at the continuity of evolution and popularity of Java platform for more than 20 years, as well as the expansion of Java community itself, with emphasis on the region. In the last 4 years HUJAK has organized or participated in the organization of 13 professional conferences, which gathered more than 3000 participants, and a lot of meetups and workshops. Popular global trends and Java technologies will be presented and compared with interests of local businesses.

We will also take a look at the appropriateness of education and the acquired development skills in the relation to requirements of the labor market in the region, EU, and globally. Additionally, we will talk about our experiences, collaborations, and plans, as well as challenges that we encounter. Finally, we will show how can we all participate in the activities of the popularization of Java, programming and IT in general, through education from the elementary and high-school to the higher education and life-long learning, as well as satisfying our needs relating to certification, recruitment, and presentation in the international market.