At JavaOne in San Francisco, Oracle announced the winners of the Duke's Choice Awards. For those not familiar with the awards, they're pretty much the Java Oscars, recognizing "extreme innovation in the world of Java technology." The awards honor an incredibly diverse range of efforts, with previous awardees including robotics companies, Motorola phones, and the MLB's fantasy baseball draft application and scoreboard. “This year’s Duke’s Choice Awards winners are spear-heading 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, Oracle.
This year, Apache's yellow elephant took home a statue (which will presumably hang out beside the 2011 Media Guardian Innovation Award on the Official Hadoop Mantelpiece). Other awardees included:
- Jelastic Inc., for their all-Java platform-as-a-service
- The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, for their Java app that collects data on ground conditions in areas in need of humanitarian relief
- AgroSense, an open-source farm information management system
- NATO's battle-space and air defense visualization environment, the MASE Integrated Console Environment, which won the first Duke's Choice Community Choice Award, voted on by 820,000 Java community member.
Oracle also announced that international JavaOne events would now include regional Duke's Choice awards, with the first such awards being handed out at December's JavaOne Latin America in São Paulo, Brazil.
You can read through the full list of honorees here, and admire some Duke's Choice awards below: