JAX Innovation Awards 2014 champions declared

Lucy Carey

Following fierce community voting and hot deliberation by our elite panel of judges, the JDK8 dev team, Hazelcast, Docker and Vert.x are 2014 victors.

Following some pretty heated deliberation and weeks of eager campaigning, the winners of the JAX Innovation Awards 2014 were announced at a special ceremony at JAX 2014, which is taking place in Mainz, Germany this week.  The JAX Innovation Awards, which have been running since 2007, celebrate outstanding innovation within the tech sector, with a particular emphasis on those who foster and drive Java and open technologies.

Earlier this year, we asked the community to nominate the people they deemed most worthy of winning the following titles: Most Innovative Java Technology, Most Innovative Open Technology, and Most Innovative Open Tech Business.

Our elite jury panel (full list here) were then faced with the difficult task of narrowing down five finalists in each category. It was then back to the community to vote for the overall winners.

One super excited nominee collective at the ceremony

Without further ado, the champs for 2014 are as follows:

Most Innovative Java Technology: Vert.x

Most Innovative Open Technology: Docker

Most Innovative Open Tech Business: Hazelcast

The judges’ work didn’t end with selecting finalists though. It was also up to them to cast their eyes over the collective works of the Java and open source community from the past  year and determine who was the most worthy recipient of the Special Jury Award. Although this was, as ever, an exhausting debate, eventually one clear candidate emerged: the JDK8 development team.

Here’s why our panel deemed them the ultimate winners of the accolade:

JDK8 Dev Team: Awarded in recognition of their efforts on and final achievement in building Java 8.

There are many definitions for innovation. In the case of Java 8, it comes in the form of a huge number of smaller changes, which cumulatively add up to something important. After almost two decades of Java, this kind of innovation today means consolidation, integration, rounding out, and bringing the platform back to its roots by unification.

Primarily designed to run in the embedded space, in 2014, Java is once again returning to the original foundations of the platform, setting the scene for the IoT with powerful embedded technology. In this release, the JDK8 team have brought the incompatible parts of Java together, rerouting the course of fragmented software into one platform, one technology, one model. With a return to this ethos of write once, run everywhere, it seems that the original promise of Java is being fulfilled.

Ultimately, it’s this measured, and careful creativity we want to celebrate. Development by degrees, under extraordinary pressure, that delivered something powerful and exciting. This award is about celebrating a release that not only meets the expectations of its audiences, but inspires and helps put the excitement back into being a Java developer.

Java 8 is both the proof of, and the catalyst for, continued innovation in the Javasphere, setting the course for groundbreaking software development in the next decade – and that’s what we want to celebrate today.

We’d like to take everyone who took the time to nominate and vote in these awards. Ultimately, it’s the powerful community voice that makes the JAX Innovation Awards so special and so hotly contested each year. Hearty congratulations to all our winners and finalists – look out for exclusive interviews in the upcoming JAX Magazine Awards Special.

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