The Java Champions have expanded in October, 2012, adding (at least) four new members: Agnes Crepet (France), Yara Senger (Brazil), Martijn Verburg (UK), and Lars Vogel (Germany). You may have heard of some of these people, depending where you live and your level of involvement in Java in your region and globally...
The Java Champions have expanded in October, 2012, adding (at least) four new members: Agnes Crepet (France), Yara Senger (Brazil), Martijn Verburg (UK), and Lars Vogel (Germany). You may have heard of some of these people, depending where you live and your level of involvement in Java in your region and globally. I present here a brief introduction to each new Java Champion.
Agnes Crepet  has been using Java since 1999, and is a Java EE Architect for a French pharmaceuticals company. She also founded Ninja Squad , a company dedicated software craftsmanship. She leads both the Lyon JUG  and Duchess France 
Martijn Verburg  is co-leader of the London Java Community, CTO of the startup JClarity , a speaker (aka "The Diaboloical Developer"), and active advocate/creator in the Adopt-a-JSR  and AdoptOpenJDK  efforts.
Lars Vogel  is the founder and CEO of the vogella GmbH and works as Eclipse and Android consultant, trainer and book author. Lars is Committer in the Eclipse project and received in 2010 the "Eclipse Top Contributor Award" and 2012 the "Eclipse Top Newcomer Evangelist Award".
Java Champions are leaders. More importantly, they are teachers -- all of us can learn so much from their experiences. At the same time, among the Java Champions I know personally... Almost universally, they'll tell us that they have learned, and continue to learn, from everyone else in the Java community.
You can follow Agnes Crepet @agnes_crepet , Yara Senger @yarasenger , Martijn Verburg @kariana , and Lars Vogel @vogella  on Twitter. From there, you can find everything you'd like to know about their current endeavors. I myself am always curious about what leaders in my field find interesting!
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