Congratulations to the new Java Champions Enrique Zamudio, Otávio Santana, and Freddy Guime!
Enrique is part of the staff of the javaMexico community, where he promotes the use of Java and Java-related technologies by regularly answering questions on the site's forums, writing on his blog and as a speaker at JUG events. You can read his blog or follow him on twitter @chochosmx.
Otávio Santana (Brazil) is an evangelist and practitioner of agile philosophy, open source, and polyglot development. Otávio is a JUG Leader of JavaBahia and SouJava, and a strong supporter of Java communities in Brazil, where he also leads the BrasilJUGs initiative to join Brazilian JUGs in joint activities. He is co-creator and responsible for the Linguagil Group, a merge of Java, Ruby, Python and Agile groups, that promote agility across language-focused communities. On the open source world, Otavio is a Developer in OpenJDK since Java 7. He has also helped on JBoss Weld, Hibernate, Apache Commons, and other open source projects. Otávio is a very active speaker in Brazil, where he has participated in the largest Java events in the country. As an international speaker, Otávio has presented in JavaOne. Otávio is also a writer, and has many articles and even a book about JVM Internals. Otávio was recently nominated and won the JCP's Outstanding Adopt-a-JSR Participant of the Year Award, for his very active role in the Money and Measurement JSRs. You can read his blog and follow him on Twitter at @otaviojava.
Freddy Guime (USA) is the community leader for the Chicago Java Users Group, co-author of Java 7 Recipes and maintainer of the javapubhouse.com, a educational podcast for the Java developer. Originally from Ecuador, he ditched the tropical weather to pursue his passion in computing and now lives in Chicago. He is always interested in everything from usability design to performance optimizations and loves to share that knowledge to whomever wants to listen. You can follow him on Twitter at @fguime. He is also a musician and member of the Null Pointers.
The Java Champions are an exclusive group of passionate Java technology and community leaders who are community-nominated and selected under a project sponsored by Oracle. Java Champions get the opportunity to provide feedback, ideas, and direction that will help Oracle grow the Java Platform. Nominees are named and selected through a peer review process. (Current Oracle employees are not eligible.) Learn more at the Java Champions page on Java.net.