JAX Innovation Awards 2015

The 2015 JAX Innovation Award winners were announced at the JAX Conference in Mainz, Germany.

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 and at the JAX 2015, taking place in Mainz, Germany.

Most innovative open technology in 2015: Akka

akkaThis year, the community decided for Akka, a toolkit and runtime for concurrent, distributed and resilient message-driven applications on the JVM, which has take the community by storm since its release in 2010.

Akka Team Lead Roland Kuhn was there in person to receive the award. Akka’s founder Jonas Bonér responded he was “happy and honoured” to receive such an award. “On behalf of the Akka Team I want to thank everyone that voted for Akka. We are so grateful to have such an amazing–passionate, engaged and positive–community.”

SEE ALSO: “Open source makes all of this possible” – an interview with Akka creator Jonas Bonér

Most innovative Java technology in 2015: Java 8

Having already been pre-emptively selected for a Special Jury Award last year, Java 8’s popularity has now officially spread throughout the community. Its landmark introduction of lambdas has not only already been adopted by the majority its users, but Java 8 has also managed to spread a general curiosity about the possibilities of lambdas to mainstream

Accepting the award at the JAX award ceremony was Brian Goetz, Oracle’s Java language architect.

“Java SE 8 has been a huge success,” said Goetz. “We want to thank all those who contributed – the developer community, our partners in the OpenJDK and JCP communities, and all the engineers at Oracle who worked to make it a reality. Java SE 8 was the first release planned and executed under Oracle stewardship and reflects our continued investment in the Java platform and ecosystem. We are very pleased to see the positive community response and the fast adoption of Java SE 8.

Special Jury Award: Netflix OSS

netflix awardThis year’s JAX Award jury was entirely unanimous in its selection for the Special Jury Award. Although the jury had many worthy tech achievements to consider, there was an overwhelming consensus that the pioneering work from Netflix’s developer team has had a huge influence on innovation in IT.

The Netflix engineering team accepted the award via video speech, with Netflix Senior Software Engineer Andrew Spyker saying it was “honour” to accept the award on behalf of all Netflix open source developers. Netflix’s Ben Christensen thanked all those who contributed to the Netflix projects. “It has resulted in our projects being of much higher quality than if we had kept them internal.”

“I’d also like to thank our users,” added Clay McCoy from the Netflix team. “Our projects have been helped tremendously by a user base that has tested our code through scenarios that we just don’t have internally.”

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 have hosted yet 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).

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