Celebrating innovation
in JAVA & DevOps!
Celebrating innovation
in JAVA & DevOps!  


This category aims to compliment the achievements of both the heavyweights of the Java ecosystem and the field’s newcomers. The emphasis ranges from data stores, language features, frameworks to JVM languages, tools and more.

  • 1st place: Spring Boot
  • 2nd place: Camunda BPM
  • 3rd place: Apache Spark

This category rewards technologies, companies, organizations and/or individuals that conceive groundbreaking solutions to promote any of the following areas: DevOps, Continuous Delivery, cloud and/or container technologies.

  • 1st place: Docker
  • 2nd place: Prometheus
  • 3rd place: Habitat

This award celebrates exceptional achievements by a visionary individual, community or company (not open for community voting)

Winner: Let’s Encrypt!

The Java Ecosystem – which encompasses Java core technologies plus the passion, creativity, and knowledge of the entire industry – has proven to provide both the ability and maturity to innovate throughout its two decades of existence.
This year marks JAX Innovation Awards’ 10th anniversary of promoting open innovation in the field of the Java Platform and related technologies. It rewards the most innovative contributions in the shape of technology, idea, documentation, industry impact, community engagement, etc.

And the winners are:

Jury rationale

Let’s Encrypt is a free, automated, and open certificate authority (CA), run for the public’s benefit. The service gives people the digital certificates they need in order to enable HTTPS (SSL/TLS) for websites in a very user-friendly way.

Software running on a web server can interact with Let’s Encrypt to painlessly obtain a certificate, securely configure it for use, and automatically take care of renewal. Much like the underlying Internet protocols themselves, Let’s Encrypt is a joint effort to benefit the community, beyond the control of any single organization.

The JAX Innovation Awards jury believes that Let’s Encrypt greatly improved web security by making certificates freely and easily available to everyone. Let’s Encrypt’s existence is a call to the IT community to pay attention to security, and we urge everyone to heed it.

The winners were announced during the JAX London Conference:

Oct 10–13, 2016
Awards ceremony: Oct 11, 2016. 18:20
Business Design Centre, London

JAX London: The Conference for JAVA & Software Innovation

JAX London is a four-day conference for cutting-edge software engineers and enterprise-level professionals. JAX brings together the world’s leading innovators in the fields of JAVA, microservices, continuous delivery and DevOps.

JAX innovation Awards 2016 Jury

John Davies

Liz Keogh

Paul Reed

Adrian Colyer

Bola Rotibi

Lukas Eder



1. SUBMISSION: 11.07.16 – 28.08.16

Everyone is welcome to submit their favorites as a candidate.

2. VOTING: 05.09.16 – 29.09.16

the community is invited to vote on the candidates.

3. Finalists

After September 29 the finalists will be announced, based on 50% community votes and 50% Jury votes. Winners will be announced at JAX London, October 11th 18:20.


Between September 29 and October 5 the jury will define the Special Jury Award winners.

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