JAX Innovation Awards 2015

The JAX Innovation Awards are back!

The award categories

This year’s JAX Innovation Awards include the following categories:

pokalMost Innovative Java Technology
including core Java technologies, JVM languages & tools, Android, IDEs and more

pokalMost Innovative Open Tech
spotlighting businesses that foster open-source technologies and demonstrate real commitment to wholesale innovation

pokalSpecial Jury Award
rewarding unique achievements by a forward-thinking individual, community or company (not open for community voting)

The community voting process closed on April 13, 2015 the award winners will be announced on April 22 on JAXenter.com and at the JAX 2015, taking place in Mainz, Germany.

JAX Program Chair Meyen hands over the Special Jury Award to Brian Goetz (Oracle)

JAX Program Chair Sebastian Meyen hands over last year’s Special Jury Award to Brian Goetz (Oracle)

The JAX Innovation Awards

We’re proud to host another year of the JAX Innovation Awards, celebrating openness and creativity in Java & web-based modern technologies and businesses.

Known for spotlighting ground-breaking technologies, companies and individuals, the goal of the JAX Innovation Awards is to champion those who demonstrate a commitment to driving open innovation.

Now in its 9th year, these awards focus on tech excellence the fields of JVM, open-source and groundbreaking engineering.

Last year’s winners were Vert.x (Most Innovative Java Technology), Docker (Most Innovative Open Technology), Hazelcast (Most Innovative Open Tech Business) and JDK8 (Special Jury Award – see above).

If you’d like to find out more about nominating a special jury award candidate, please get in touch with jsablowski[at]sandsmedia.com.

The Jury

KrJcTXcvAdrian Colyer is a Venture Partner with Accel Partners in London, and always on the lookout for great technology companies in Europe. He is also the author of The Morning Paper, where he reviews an interesting CS-related paper every weekday. Previously Adrian has served in CTO roles at Pivotal, VMware, and SpringSource.

hollyHolly Cummins is a senior software engineer developing enterprise middleware with IBM WebSphere, and a committer on the Apache Aries project. She is a co-author of Enterprise OSGi in Action and has spoken at Devoxx, JavaZone, The ServerSide Java Symposium, JAX London, GeeCon, and the Great Indian Developer Summit, as well as a number of user groups.

neal fordNeal Ford is Director, Software Architect and Meme Wrangler at ThoughtWorks, a global IT consultancy with an exclusive focus on end-to-end software development and delivery. He is also the designer and developer of applications, magazine articles, video/DVD presentations, and author and/or editor of eight books spanning a variety of subjects and technologies, including the most recent Presentation Patterns and Functional Thinking.

fremantlePaul Fremantle is co-founder and CTO of WSO2 and an experienced software and product development professional, having previously worked as the product lead and architect for the IBM Web Services Gateway. Previously VP of Apache Synapse and co-chair of the OASIS WS-RX Technical Committee, Paul also has significant experience in Open Source and Open Standards.

arno20haase_0_6Arno Haase is a freelance software developer, a Java programmer by passion and works as an architect, coach and consultant. His main areas are model-driven software development, persistence solutions with and without relational databases, as well as distributed systems. Arno is a regular conference speaker and widely published author.

rossbach_peter_1_3_klein6816Peter Rossbach is a freelance system architect and coach for various Java-EE applications. His main focus lies in the development of complex information systems, including the creation and realisation of test-driven software processes. Since 1997 he has been working in the field with HTTP servers and webcontainers. He is committed to the Apache-Tomcat-project und is a member of the Apache Software Foundation.

mikoMiko Matsumara is VP of Marketing and Developer Relations at Hazelcast, the leading open source in-memory data grid company. Previously he was Senior Vice President of Platform Marketing & Developer Relations at Kii Corporation.

meyen_sebastian_sw_0Sebastian Meyen
 is Chief Content Officer at S&S Media and Program Chair of the JAX Conference series.


Geertjan-WielengaGeertjan Wielenga is a principal product manager in Oracle for NetBeans and has been a member of the NetBeans Team since 2004. He is a regular contributor on JAXenter.com.