Our jury features the cream of the Developer industry including pioneering leaders, group mentors and unique thinkers who have been driving devs forward for years.

Guillaume LaForgeGuillaume Laforge - Groovy project lead Guillaume Laforge is the project lead for the Groovy programming language, and is working for Pivotal.

Neal FordNeal Ford- Director / Software Architect / Meme Wrangler Neal is Director, Software Architect, and Meme Wrangler at ThoughtWorks, a global IT consultancy with an exclusive focus on end-to-end software development and delivery.

Andrew BinstockAndrew Binstock - Editor in Chief of Dr. Dobbs Andrew Binstock is the editor in chief of Dr. Dobb’s, the world’s largest independent site for in-depth, technical programming content. Prior to that, he was a columnist for SD Times and senior editor at InfoWorld. Earlier, he was in charge of global technology forecasts for PricewaterhouseCoopers. Before that he was the editor in chief of UNIX Review. He has been a software developer most of his working life, and presently contributes actively to open-source projects. He has written three books on programming, including being the lead author of Practical Algorithms for Developers, which went through 16 printings before joining the long tail.

Arno HaaseArno Haase - Software Architect Arno Haase is a freelance software developer with a passion for writing Java code, offering his services as architect, coach or consultant. His interests include model-driven software development, data persistence with or without relational databases, and concurrent and distributed systems. Arno regularly speaks at software conferences and writes articles for software magazines. He is based in Braunschweig, Germany, living there with his wife and three children.

Sebastian MeyenSebastian Meyen, Chief Content Officer at S&S Media Group Sebastian has been involved in the IT Industry for almost two decades as a journalist, conference manager and IT book publisher. As editor in Chief of the german Java Magazin and Chair of the JAX conference series he has a unique relationship to the Java and open source community. He's interested in all things involving digital professionals. You can find him him tweeting on @smeyen.

David BlevinsDavid Blevins, CEO at Tomitribe David Blevins is a founder of the Apache OpenEJB Apache Geronimo and TomEE projects. He is also has been a contributor to many other Open Source Java EE related projects for over 10 years. David was an active member of the EJB 3.0 (JSR 220), EJB 3.1 (JSR 318) and Java EE 6 (JSR 316) Expert Groups, and contributing author to Component-Based Software Engineering: Putting the Pieces Together from Addison Wesley. He can be found speaking on these topics at JavaOne, ApacheCon, and O'Reilly Open Source Convention.