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Nominated and accepted as Java Champion
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Two weeks ago I received a mail out of the blue from Aaron Houston, the program coordinator of the Java Champions project. He announced me that I had been nominated and accepted through a peer review process by the Java Champions Selection Committee. The committee is made up of over 50 influential Java leaders around the world!

Needless to say I was extremely surprised and very honored. I learned about the project at JavaOne this year and saw a number of Java Champions slide by on the main big screen. I secretly said to myself that it would be awesome to receive the same title one day. Little did I know they were voting on my acceptance at that very time.

I know that this is all very ego-stroking, but I feel great about finally getting some public recognition from peers for all the work that I've been doing on RIFE. It also looks like my conference talks have been paying off, since evangelizing Java and publicly talking about Java technology is one of the requirements for nomination. Anyway, this is all a big pat on the back for myself. My girlfriend even understood that this is something special and proudly talked about it to her friends. Guess it's easier to say that 'her boyfriend is considered one of the 100 most influential people in the Java community' than to try to explain what I'm actually working on.

posted by Geert Bevin in Java on Aug 2, 2006 4:59 PM : 9 comments [permalink]
 

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Re: Nominated and accepted as Java Champion
Wow, congratulations Geert!
Re: Nominated and accepted as Java Champion
yes, proficiat Geert !
Re: Nominated and accepted as Java Champion
And it makes me feel less stupid knowing that I was comparing myself to one of the most influential Java folks :p

congrats!
Re: Nominated and accepted as Java Champion
Geert, it was an easy choice to make.

Congradulations!

-- Kirk
Re: Nominated and accepted as Java Champion
Congratulations Geert! You surely deserve it.

Keep up the good work.
Re: Nominated and accepted as Java Champion
congrats Geert,

Good show.

Keep up the good work.

Sun/java needs you -- the community needs RIFE -- the only important thing lacking is good IDE support.

BR,
~A
Re: Nominated and accepted as Java Champion
Congratulations Geert! That is excellent news!

You truly deserve it.

"All your hard work will pay off."

Keep going! We all appreciate it.

Frederic
Re: Nominated and accepted as Java Champion
Shhwwwweeeeeeet! Congrats, Geert... a real testament to all the hard work you've put into this baby :)
Re: Nominated and accepted as Java Champion
Geert...

Glad to have you onboard.... I will be posting your blog along with the other Java Champion's blog in their blogCentral section: https://java-champions.dev.java.net/#Blog

Sun hopes to have meaningful conversations with some of the leaders/luminaries in the Java Community -- the Java Champions; exchange feedback with them; and also, a chance to tell our story......where we hope the Java Platform is headed... For more information, check out the Java Champions site or the Press Release we did to launch the program:

http://www.sun.com/smi/Press/sunflash/2005-06/sunflash.20050623.1.xml

Cordially,

Aaron Houston
Program Coordinator
Java User Groups
http://community.java.net/jugs/
Java Champions
https://java-champions.dev.java.net/
Technology Outreach
http://developers.sun.com/events/techdays/speakers/index.html
Sun Microsystems, Inc
Menlo Park, Ca

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