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Innovation celebrated by Duke’s Choice Awards at JavaOne

Java’s version of the Oscars, the Duke’s Choice Awards, have been handed out at JavaOne, recognising the most creative technologies across the community.

Ten gongs were awards in the 10th year of the awards, with the diversity in the industry truly reflected. The importance of the community has been the underlying theme throughout JavaOne’s keynotes and session thus far, so naturally some of the most prominent groups were handed honours, as well as innovative projects.

Of the technologies, big data centrepiece Apache Hadoop scooped a Duke for its progress over the past year. Jelastic also picked up a well-deserved award for its Java Platform-as-a-Service.

Other initiatives receiving Duke statues were open source management system Agrosense and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, both using the NetBeans platform for good. Agrosense use an underlying NetBeans framework to help out the agriculture industry whilst UNHCR developed a lightweight Java client to collect ground information from refugees on their water, food and housing.

NATO were also the first recipients of the Community Choice Award, an award picked by 820,000 Java community members voted on Java.net, from a choice of six projects. 41% of votes went to their battle-space and air defense visualization environment, the MASE Integrated Console Environment (MICE).

London Java Community were the second Java User Group to receive a Duke, awarded for their activity in OpenJDK and the JCP. Other winners were JDuchess (who foster the participation of women in the Java community), Liquid Robotics where James Gosling is Chief Software Architect, Parleys.com and the Student Nokia Developer Group.

"This year's Duke's Choice Awards winners are spearheading a truly diverse and creative set of Java-based projects, and their efforts are invaluable to the Java community," said Peter Utzschneider, vice president product management at Oracle. "We are highly appreciative towards the Java community for selecting a sophisticated, vital NATO application for the first-ever Community Choice Award. NATO, along with all of this year's recipients, demonstrate the remarkable work being done by Java community members across the world."

Oracle have also announced an regional extension to the awards at international JavaOne conferences, beginning with JavaOne Latin America, December 4-6th in Sao Paulo.

Congratulations to all recipients for continuing to make Java as innovative as ever!

Chris Mayer

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