Become a Java Champion

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    Who is a good candidate?

    Here are some of the guidelines for selecting new champions (one or several principles may apply):
    • Java Champions are leaders; ideal candidates are leading Java-related projects, JUG communities, and so on.
    • Java Champions are technical luminaries; the candidate should be a Java engineer or architect who is relatively senior and has lots of experience.
    • Java Champions are independent-minded and credible; Java Champions may author or publish content that is pro, neutral, or negative toward Oracle.
    • Java Champions are involved with some really cool applications of Java Technology or some humanitarian or educational effort. The application must be openly available to the Java community (vs. a company-proprietary or government-classified project).
    • Java Champions are able to evangelize or influence other developers through their own professional activities (via consulting, teaching, writing, speaking, etc.)

    How are Java Champions nominated?

    Candidates are nominated by Java Champions and, selected by Java Champions through a peer review process. (Note that current Oracle employees are not eligible.) If you know someone who is a candidate based on the guidelines above, please nominate them via this form. Please read the information there and follow the guidelines carefully


    When using this form to give your reasons for nomination, you should describe examples of the nominee's work that reflect the profile of a Java Champion. Please include all relevant URLs. The candidate's contributions to the Java community must be available to its members either online or in readily available print media. (Proprietary or government classified projects, while innovative, are not available to the general public.) Nomination MUST cite specific examples (URLs, book names, presentations, etc) of the candidate's direct contributions in order for them to be considered.


    How are Java Champions selected?

    Java Champions are an independent group who use a consensus review process to select new members.  All communication and discussion are conducted via the mailing list. Java Champions receive via an email, to the mailing list, with the nominee's information based on the criteria above. Voting to select the nominee happens via the mailing list with either +1 or -1 votes from the peer group over a two-week period. If the nominee receives three +1 votes and zero negative votes during the two-week voting period, then that person is confirmed as a Java Champion. If there is a -1 vote then this triggers a discussion after which the negative vote may, or may not stick. If there are less than three +1 votes during the two-week voting period then further discussion needs to be encouraged.


    See bios of all current Java Champions here.