The annual awards for Java-powered technologies and contributions to the Java Community were highlighted during last week's JavaOne.
Two user groups were included in the 2012 list of Duke's Choice Awards winners. One was JDuchess which fosters the participation of women in the Java community worldwide. The group has more than 500 members in 60 countries, and provides a platform through which women can connect with each other and get involved in all aspects of the Java community.
The other was the London Java Community and during the JavaOne Community Keynote its co-leader Martijn Verburg detailed the LJC's "Adopt a JSR" program- which aims "to get day-to-day developers more involved in the innovation that's happening around them." From its London launching pad, this program has spread to Brazil, Morocco, Latvia, India, and more.
As already reported on I Programmer, James Gosling also participated in the Community Keynote to describe the Liquid Robotics project of which he is chief architect that won an award for a Java-powered technology.
During his presentation Gosling admitted to being a fan of Jelastic referring to the Java platform-as-a-service which was selected to win a Technology Leader Award and which Liquid Robotics uses in its solution. Gosling explained:
"I really like Jelastic... you don't get a bare Linux machine... they actually take care of that and it works lovely... they can span multiple ISPs, multiple countries, multiple data centers, and that's how I deal with my personal extreme paranoia of survivability."
The Apache Software Foundation’s Hadoop project, which is written in Java won its award for its ability to harness large data pools thus allowing organizations to better understand and improve their business.
Other users of Java winning awards were the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) which has developed a light-client Java application on the NetBeans platform to help facilitate its mission of humanitarian relief; AgroSense, an open source farm information management system built in Java and the NetBeans platform to further its goal of Improving farming methods to feed a hungry world; and e-learning specialist Parleys.com, based in Brussels, Belgium, which uses Java technologies to bring online classes and full IT conferences to desktops, laptops, tablets and mobile devices.
This years student winner was Ram Kashyap the founder and president of the Student Nokia Developer Community.
For the 10th anniversary of these awards a new Community Choice Awards was instituted. The 820,000 Java community members on java.net had had the opportunity to choose from six nominated projects and the winner, with 41% of the votes, was the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) for its MASE Integrated Console Environment (MICE).
Oracle also announced that it is extending the Duke's Choice Awards to include regional winners associated with each international JavaOne event, beginning with JavaOne Latin America, December 4-6th in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
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