Congratulations to the newest Java Champion, Linda van der Pal!
van der Pal has been a developer since 2002, visiting many conferences to gather and share knowledge. In 2006, she founded Duchess, a network for women interested in Java. She is now a member of the board of the Duchess Dutch chapter, along with Java Champion Régina ten Bruggencate, helping to organize several social and technical meeting a year. "We give a voice to women all over the world who work with Java technology," van der Pal explained.
To further the cause of getting more kids interested in coding, she also visits several schools a year to talk about being a programmer on behalf of VHTO, the Dutch organization for women in technology. She also helped organize Devoxx for Kids in the Netherlands.
Follow Linda on Twitter @DuchessFounder.
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.