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Duke's Choice Award LAD Winners

Duke;s Choice Award Winners

Duke's Choice LAD Winners Honored!

At JavaOne Brazil, winners of the first regional Duke's Choice Awards were recognized for their innovative use of Java.

The winners of the Duke's Choice Awards LAD are TQTVD Software, TIVIT Software and CPqD Foundation. While all winners hail from Brazil, nominations were received from across the region. Nominees included NeoTropic's Kuwaiba project and Vortexbird's Zathura Code Generation project happening in Columbia. Judges included Yara and Vinicius Senger of SouJava Brazil and Alexis Lopez of ColumbiaJUG.


tqtvd TQTVD Software's Astro project is the Brazilian middleware compliant with the Ginga specification that allows full interactivity, extended content programming, and portability. The Java-based Ginga specification is the intermediate software layer that enables the development of interactive applications for digital TV independently from the hardware platform of digital receivers manufacturers (set-top boxes). Astro has been embedded in more than 3 million devices.

TIVIT Software's Central de Cessao de Credito (C3) project is a Java-based high-performance scalable transactional distributed system that intermediates and manages all credit assignment operations between financial institutions in Brazil and tracks credit ownership. It was developed as a result of BACEN (the Central Bank of Brazil) identifying irregular credit assignment operations between financial institutions that created a deficit of R$4.3 billion in the Brazilian banking system.


CPqD Foundation's SMTVI (Multiplatform Services for Digital Interactive TV) project dramatically improved the digital literacy of the majority of the Brazilian population. This population has insufficient financial resources to keep up with new technological developments; TV is its only technology resource. The project included the creation of interactive digital TV applications in the areas of health, retirement, employment, chat, weather, news, e-commerce, education, and games. The use of Java technology allowed the design of a distributed...