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Kotlin is becoming a language of choice for server-side application development. Null safety, 100% Java interoperability, coroutines, and many other features make Kotlin ideal for backend programming.

We’re launching a series of webinars to help you to learn more about backend development with Kotlin or even try it for the first time.

In the next few weeks, speakers from JetBrains, Google, and Confluent will cover three essential topics of backend development: event stream management with Kafka, running applications in the cloud, and backends with Spring Boot.

Kotlin and Apache Kafka

The webinar is over. You can watch the recording.

What’s it about?

Viktor and Anton will demonstrate how Kotlin users can leverage Kafka to handle streamed data. The presentation will include a walkthrough of the internal architecture of Kafka.


  • Anton Arhipov, developer advocate at JetBrains, the company that created Kotlin and IntelliJ IDEA.
  • Viktor Gamov, developer advocate at Confluent, makers of an event streaming platform based on Apache Kafka.

Who’s it for?

  • Software engineers with experience of backend development in Java or Kotlin.
  • Engineers who already use Kafka but want to learn more about the capability of the system, or are considering using it with Kotlin.


December 10, 2020
17:30 – 18:30 CET (8:30 PST).

Kotlin and Google Cloud Platform

The webinar is over. You can watch the recording.

What’s it about?

In this presentation, you’ll learn how to use Kotlin with your existing Java codebase and how to take advantage of modern features like сoroutines, which provide an easier and more efficient concurrency model. You’ll also learn how to deploy Kotlin apps to Google Cloud.

The webinar is hosted by James Ward, developer advocate for Google Cloud Platform.

Who’s it for?

  • Android developers without previous backend experience.
  • Anyone who wants to know more about the capabilities of Kotlin on server-side and in the cloud.


December 17, 2020
17:30 – 18:30 CET (8:30 PST).

Kotlin and Spring Boot

The webinar is over. You can watch the recording.

What’s it about?

In this webinar, Ray will walk you through the creation of a Kotlin backend service. You’ll use Spring Boot and Spring Cloud GCP to leverage many of the useful Google Cloud services for database, storage, and observability. Once this is done, Ray will demonstrate how to deploy the service to the serverless Google Cloud Platform, where the backend can automatically scale up the number of instances based on load, or scale down to zero instances when no one is using it.

Speaker: Ray Tsang, developer advocate for Google Cloud Platform and Java Champion.

Who’s it for?

  • Android developers without previous backend development experience.
  • Anyone who wants to learn the capabilities of Kotlin with Spring Boot.
  • Anyone interested in serverless technologies.


January 14, 2021
17:30 – 18:30 CET (8:30 PST).

Save the date

Once you’ve registered, we’ll send you a confirmation email with calendar invites, and we’ll send you a reminder a day before the webinars begin.

All webinars are free to attend and will be recorded and published to JetBrains TV after streaming. Subscribe to the JetBrains TV YouTube channel to get notifications about when they are uploaded.

Learn more about server-side Kotlin

We’ve created a page with lots of useful reference materials about using Kotlin on the backend. Follow the link below for tips, tricks, and best practices, all carefully curated by the Kotlin team.

Go to Kotlin server-side page

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