Java Smackdown Par Russky
By templedf on Jan 30, 2007
There's only about a month left for you to take over the Electric Jungle (or the Электрические Джунгли, as it's known locally). The Electric Jungle is a Sun-sponsored Java™ platform programming competition, where contestants create Java-powered creatures that compete with each other for control of the jungle. At the end of the competition (on February 28th, 2007), the developer(s) of the most effective creature will win some cool prizes.
I really wish we had something like this in the US. I think it would go a long way towards getting folks interested in the Java language, especially if it were a recurring event and had some good prizes. I assume that anyone could participate in the current Electric Jungle, but while the official docs have been translated into English, all of the forum posts are in Russian, so unless you speak the language, I suspect you'd be at a distinct disadvantage.