Congratulations to the new Java Champion Simon Maple and Trisha Gee!
Simon Maple (UK) is a Technical Evangelist at ZeroTurnaround, but is less about preaching and more about discussion and interaction. His passion is around technical communities and is the founder of the vJUG (virtualJUG), an active member of the LLondon Java Community (LJC) organizing group as well as the LJC JCP EC committee. Simon used to be a tester, developer and technical evangelist for IBM on the WebSphere Application Server for 12 years prior to joining ZeroTurnaround. He enjoys playing and watching football (spherical variety), drinking tea and spending quality time with his family. Visit Simon's blog and follow him on Twitter @sjmaple.
Trisha Gee (UK) has expertise in Java high performance systems, is passionate about enabling developer productivity, and right now is getting to grips with working in an Open Source fashion as a developer for MongoDB Inc, where she contributes to the Java driver and Morphia. Trisha blogs regularly on subjects that she thinks developers and other humans should care about, and she’s a leader of the Sevilla Java User Group and a key member of the London Java Community - she believes we shouldn't all have to make the same mistakes again and again. You can follow her on Twitter at @trisha_gee.
As in music, this British Invasion should turn out well.
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.