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The Java Champions are an exclusive group of passionate Java technology and community leaders who are community-nominated and selected under a project sponsored by Oracle. Java Champions get the opportunity to provide feedback, ideas, and direction that will help Oracle grow the Java Platform. This interchange may be in the form of technical discussions and/or community-building activities with Oracle's Java Development and Developer Program teams.
Members come from a broad cross-section of the Java community:
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2017 has been a great year for new Java Champions. It has been a year of awesome activity with over 40 new Java Champions accepted into the program. Java Champions have been busy recording video interviews, Reddit AMAs, Blog posts, speaking at JavaOne, speaking at Code events worldwide, speaking at third-party development conferences, participating in User Group meetings and Meetups and participating in Oracle Code Online.
New Java Champions in 2017
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Simone Bordet, Lead Architect at Webtide, supporting the open source Jetty and CometD projects.
Roberto Cortez, Java Developer with more than 10 years of experience; mainly the Finance sector.
Sebastian Daschner, Java Enterprise freelancer.
Hendrik Ebbers , Java Architect at Canoo Engineering AG
Axel Fontaine, Axel Fontaine is the founder and CEO of Boxfuse
Mario Fusco, senior software engineer at Red Hat
Alexey Fyodorov , JUG.ru leader and Java conference organizer (Joker, JPoint, JBreak).
Ivar Grimstad, speaker, developer and Java EE advocate working as a consultant
Mark Heckler, Pivotal Principal Technologist & Developer Advocate
Rajmahendra Hegde, Java developer since 2000, Agile practitioner, community guy, open source contributor and JUG lead
César Hernández, Java enterprise architect, consultant, university professor, musician and active speaker in Latin America
Gunnar Hillert, Staff Engineer for Pivotal, committer for the Spring Integration and Spring Cloud open source projects
Dierk König, fellow for Canoo Engineering AG, Basel, Switzerland.
Marcus Lagergren, MSc in computer science from the Royal Institute of Technology
Amira Lakhal, leader of a java user group: Duchess France
Norman Maurer, leading the Netty Project (http://netty.io) which is one of the most-used asynchronous networking framework on the JVM
Vincent Mayers, member of the Atlanta Java Users Group (AJUG) www.ajug.org since 2004 and Treasurer/board member since 2010
Pratik Patel, long time Java expert, advocate and primary organizer of DevNexusJr
Matt Raible, UI Architect and Java Hipster at Raible Design
Simon Ritter, Deputy CTO of Azul Systems
Yoshio Terada, is a Java evangelist at Microsoft Japan Co., Ltd.
Henri Tremblay, developing in Java since 1998 and coined the term "partial mocking.”
Richard Warburton, is an empirical technologist, solver of deep-dive technical problems and works independently as a Software Engineer/Trainer.
Check out their bios and others' here
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