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These are the winners of JAX Innovation Awards 2016 | JAX London

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Sebastian Meyen talks about the JAX Innovation Awards categories

The winners of the JAX Innovation Awards 2016 have been announced this evening at the JAX Innovation Awards special event in London, United Kingdom. The winner of the ‘Most innovative contribution to the Java ecosystem’ category is Spring Boot. Docker has been voted the most innovative solution to software delivery and DevOps while the Special Jury Award went to Let’s Encrypt.

The winners were elected by the community and our jury consisting of John Davies, Liz Keogh, Paul Reed, Adrian Colyer, Bola Rotibi, Lukas Eder and Sebastian Meyen in three categories.

This year’s JAX Innovation Awards include a special award. Through this Special Honor Award, we aim to recognize the merits of Pieter Hintjens and to celebrate his life.

Category 1 — Most innovative contribution to the Java ecosystem



Bola Rotibi, Andy Wilkinson and Sebastian Meyen

The ‘Most innovative contribution to the Java ecosystem’ category aims to compliment the achievements of both the heavyweights of the Java ecosystem and the field’s newcomers. The emphasis ranges from data stores, language features, frameworks to JVM languages, tools and more.

1st place: Spring Boot

2nd place: Camunda BPM

3rd place: Apache Spark

Category 2 — Most innovative solution to software delivery and DevOps


The ‘Most innovative solution to software delivery and DevOps’ category rewards technologies, companies, organizations and/or individuals that conceive groundbreaking solutions to promote any of the following areas: DevOps, Continuous Delivery, cloud and/or container technologies.

1st place: Docker

2nd place: Prometheus

3rd place: Habitat

Category 3 — Special Jury Award



Let’s Encrypt accepting the award via video message

The JAX Special Jury Award celebrates exceptional achievements by a visionary individual, community or company. The winner of this category is Let’s Encrypt:

Jury rationale

Let’s Encrypt is a free, automated, and open certificate authority (CA), run for the public’s benefit. The service gives people the digital certificates they need in order to enable HTTPS (SSL/TLS) for websites in a very user-friendly way.

Software running on a web server can interact with Let’s Encrypt to painlessly obtain a certificate, securely configure it for use, and automatically take care of renewal. Much like the underlying Internet protocols themselves, Let’s Encrypt is a joint effort to benefit the community, beyond the control of any single organization.

The JAX Innovation Awards jury believes that Let’s Encrypt greatly improved web security by making certificates freely and easily available to everyone. Let’s Encrypt’s existence is a call to the IT community to pay attention to security, and we urge everyone to heed it.

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of JAX Innovation Awards

This year marks JAX Innovation Awards’ 10th anniversary of promoting open innovation in the field of the Java Platform and related technologies. The awards celebrate the Java ecosystem and reward the most innovative contributions in the shape of technology, idea, documentation, industry impact and community engagement.


Two members of the jury discussing on stage: Bola Rotibi and Sebastian Meyen

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