Oracle Press Release

Oracle Announces Winners of the 2012 Duke’s Choice Awards

Award Recipients Showcase Innovative, Java-Powered Technologies and Contributions to the Java Community at JavaOne 2012

JAVAONE, SAN FRANCISCO – October 1, 2012

News Facts

The 2012 Duke's Choice Awards winners and their creative, Java-based technologies and Java community contributions will be highlighted during JavaOne 2012 in San Francisco, September 30-October 4.
The 10th anniversary of the Duke’s Choice Awards features the first-ever Community Choice Award, which was given to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) for its MASE Integrated Console Environment (MICE). The 820,000 Java community members on had the opportunity to choose from six projects that were nominated for the Community Choice Award and NATO was declared the winner with 41% of the votes.
Oracle is also announcing that it is extending the Duke's Choice Awards to include regional winners, announced at each international JavaOne event, beginning with JavaOne Latin America, December 4-6th in São Paulo, Brazil.

The winners of the 2012 Duke’s Choice Award are:

Apache Software Foundation Hadoop Project – The Apache Software Foundation’s Hadoop project, written in Java, provides a framework for distributed processing of big data sets across clusters of computers, ranging from a few servers to thousands of machines. This harnessing of large data pools allows organizations to better understand and improve their business. Learn more
AgroSense Project – Improving farming methods to feed a hungry world is the goal of AgroSense, an open source farm information management system built in Java and the NetBeans platform. AgroSense enables farmers, agribusinesses, suppliers and others to develop modular applications that will easily exchange information through a common underlying NetBeans framework. Learn more
JDuchess – Rather than focus on a specific geographic area like most Java User Groups (JUGs), JDuchess fosters the participation of women in the Java community worldwide. The group has more than 500 members in 60 countries, and provides a platform through which women can connect with each other and get involved in all aspects of the Java community. Learn more
Jelastic, Inc. – Moving existing Java applications to the cloud can be a daunting task, but startup Jelastic, Inc. offers the first all-Java platform-as-a-service (PaaS) that enables existing Java applications to be deployed in the cloud without code changes or lock-in. Learn more
Liquid Robotics – Liquid Robotics is an ocean data services provider whose Wave Glider technology collects information from the world’s oceans for application in government, science and commercial applications. The organization features the “father of Java” James Gosling as its chief software architect. Learn more
London Java Community – The second user group receiving a Duke’s Choice Award this year, the London Java Community (LJC) and its users have been active in the OpenJDK, the Java Community Process (JCP) and other efforts within the global Java community. Learn more
NATO – The first-ever Community Choice Award goes to the MASE Integrated Console Environment (MICE) in use at NATO. Built in Java on the NetBeans platform, MICE provides a high-performance visualization environment for conducting air defense and battle-space operations. – E-learning specialist, based in Brussels, Belgium, uses Java technologies to bring online classes and full IT conferences to desktops, laptops, tablets and mobile devices. has hosted more than 1,700 conferences—including Devoxx and JavaOne—for more than 800,000 unique visitors. Learn more
Student Nokia Developer Group – This year’s student winner, Ram Kashyap, is the founder and president of the Nokia Student Network, and was profiled in the “The New Java Developers” feature in the March/April 2012 issue of Java Magazine. Since then, Ram has maintained a hectic pace, graduating from the People’s Education Society Institute of Technology in Bangalore, India, while working on a Java mobile startup and training students on Java ME.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees – The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is on the front lines of crises around the world, from civil wars to natural disasters. To help facilitate its mission of humanitarian relief, the UNHCR has developed a light-client Java application on the NetBeans platform. The Level One registration tool enables the UNHCR to collect information on the number of refugees and their water, food, housing, health, and other needs in the field, and combines that with geocoding information from various sources. This enables the UNHCR to deliver the appropriate kind and amount of assistance where it is needed. Learn more

Supporting Quote

“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. “We are highly appreciative towards the Java community for selecting a sophisticated, vital NATO application for the first-ever Community Choice Award. NATO, along with all of this year’s recipients, demonstrate the remarkable work being done by Java community members across the world.”

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