The Oracle Space Sweepstakes has ended with a big bang: the naming of the first Grand Prize Winner, Brian Emmett.
The Oracle Space Sweepstakes, which "launched" at OpenWorld last December, gave Java developers around the world the chance to win a trip on a Space Adventures suborbital vehicle 62 miles above the surface of the Earth. And Brian is the North American entrant (winners TBD in Europe/Middle East/Africa and Asia-Pacific) who did it! This guy is literally booked on a trip into orbit.
Here's the formal description of the Sweepstakes from the announcement:
The Oracle Space Sweepstakes was designed to help software developers increase their understanding and use of leading-edge Java and SOA development technologies. Held in U.S., the District of Columbia and Canada from December 5, 2004 to May 31, 2005, the sweepstakes challenged participants to demonstrate their knowledge and expertise by correctly answering several multiple-choice questions in a series of quizzes focused on the latest Java and SOA technologies, including Struts, J2EE persistence, code optimization, Application Development Framework, JavaServer Faces, application deployment and manageability, Web services and Business Process Execution Language (BPEL). Participants also tested Oracle JDeveloper 10g, Oracle Application Server Containers for J2EE (OC4J) 10g, Oracle BPEL Process Manager 10g and Oracle TopLink 10g to successfully complete the Oracle Space Sweepstakes quizzes.
So Brian isn't just lucky; he's a pretty sharp developer too.