A JavaOne Success Story: The Java Embedded Challenge

The Java Embedded Challenge for Raspberry Pi this year was a first at JavaOne. For 3 days, attendees built Java Embedded applications using sensors, Raspberry Pis, Arduinos, a Gemalto board, and a Beagle board. With limited or no prior Java Embedded experience, attendees created seven amazing and very different projects. 

Those projects included a heart monitor application, a radio controlled car application, a home automation platform, a sobriety field tester, a remote control using any phone, a load balancing cloud application, and a burglar alarm with voice/text alerts. Details of those projects are available at www.java.net/challenge. The code for some of them is downloadable on GitHub.

The master of ceremonies was Globalcode founder Vinicius Senger, a passionate and innovative engineer with years of experience in embedded application development. He brought with him a hacking panel with sensors monitoring humidity, distance, alcohol, temperature, and sound. All those sensors were available to attendees via a web server. 

Top experts in Java Embedded introduced Java and the Raspberry Pi. Java/Middleware/Core Software Engineer Mark Heck presented his work with solar panels and embedded systems. Assistant Professor José Pereda from the University of Valladolid in Spain showed a great 3D simulation with the Leap Motion device. Product Manager and embedded enthusiast Bruno Borges presented JavaFX for embedded systems. Robert Savaje talked about his GPIO and PI4J project. 

Java Champion Yara Senger carefully orchestrated this event. "This was my 10th JavaOne and being part of this great conference helping to organize the 1st Java Embedded Challenge was like a dream" she said. 

Many experts came by to assist the teams. Amongst them were Simon Ritter, Stephen Chin, Jim Weaver, and Bruce Boyes from the Robotics community. 

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