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2013 Duke's Choice Awards

Duke's Choice

Oracle Announces Winners of the 2013 Duke’s Choice Awards!

In conjunction with JavaOne San Francisco 2013, Oracle and the Java Community are recognizing 11 organizations and developers as the winners of the 11th annual Duke’s Choice Awards for their creative and innovative uses of Java technology. The 11th annual Duke’s Choice Award winners were selected by a multi-part process. First, the Java community was asked to submit nominations to this year’s judges. Next, the judges selected nine Duke’s Choice Award winners and five candidates for the Community Choice Award. Finally, Community Choice Award nominees were posted on, and all members of the Java community were invited to vote for their favorite. This year’s Community Choice Award was received by two companies in a tie decision. The winners were JFrog for its Bintray social network for developers, and Contrast Security for its Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) security plug-in, Contrast.

The winners of the 2013 Duke’s Choice Award are:

Contrast Security
One of two Community Choice Award recipients, Maryland-based Contrast Security uses Java EE for its Contrast security plug-in, which leverages the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) to invisibly monitor applications and automatically identify security vulnerabilities.

Devoxx4Kids is a program from the team behind one of the world’s largest Java developer conferences, DEVOXX. Through the program, children ages 8 to 14 can attend sessions to learn computer programming and logic in languages other than English, in order to create computer games, program robots and learn about electronics.

The Dutch Java User Grou
Last year’s Duke’s Choice Awards established a new tradition by presenting an award to a Java User Group (JUG) for the first time ever. This year’s JUG award goes to the Dutch Java User Group, an organization that has grown to gain a national reach throughout the Netherlands and whose J-Fall conference is the leading event of its kind for the Dutch-speaking community.

Intelligent transport system developer ISBAK seeks to simulate and analyze one of the most complex and frustrating everyday occurrence: traffic. ISIM, a traffic planning, simulation, and analysis tool, leverages Java technologies to enable users to design efficient road networks.

The other winner of this year’s Community Choice Award is Israel-based JFrog. JFrog’s Bintray, a cloud-based social networking platform, enables developers to download, store, promote and share executable binary code and libraries across one unified community.

Licel, an independent software developer based in Moscow, creates tools for Java Card, the world’s most widely used platform for smartcard and other devices with limited memory capacity. Licel uses Java Card technology for jCardSim, a Java Card simulator that allows students to prototype and test applications across multiple platforms.

a.i. solutions
To help facilitate and deploy the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) 2014 launch of the Magnetospheric Multiscale mission, NASA partner a.i. solutions used Java Development Kit (JDK) 7, the NetBeans Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and JavaFX to create the GEONS Ground Support System. Using Java in this project, helped reduce software development time by approximately 35 percent.

Serbia-based University of Belgrade’s Faculty of Organizational Sciences created the Neuroph project to help researchers simulate brain activities and simplified brain-like structures. Built on an all-Java framework, Neuroph can be used for problem-solving, recognition, prediction, control, modeling, and functional approximations in medicine, robotics, finance, and software.

open Home Automation Bus (openHAB)
Contributors to the openHAB project have developed a Java-based home automation solution, based on OSGi standards, which includes a runtime based on the Equinox OSGi runtime and Eclipse Jetty web server and a scripting language for easily defining automation logic. openHAB provides a central integration point for developers to integrate devices and applications into the solution.

The team at the NIH Center for Biomedical Computation (known as Simbios) and the National Center for Simulation in Rehabilitation Research (NCSRR) at Stanford University, have created OpenSim, an application for modeling the muscles, joints, and bones that make up the body and simulating how humans move. With an open source approach that includes Java technology and the NetBeans IDE, OpenSim enables researchers, therapists, students and product designers to develop, analyze, simulate and share information to find treatments—and, perhaps one day, cures—for a variety of musculoskeletal disorders and diseases.

French startup Robotswim has produced the world’s smallest, (22 centimeters in length) commercially available robot fish, Jessiko. Jessiko can be programmed to swim in groups, or schools using Jesskommand, a Java-based command and control software built using NetBeans platform modules.