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A qualifying nomination must have used Java technologies in a uniquely innovative manner for a project, person, product, program or service demonstrating Java innovation, and in worthy instances ecosystem contributions. Innovation can represent work-in-process, ongoing research, available solutions, or implementation of Java that aides in the delivery or execution of productive functionality in a broad range of environments, use-cases and industries such as in an enterprise business, research facility, educational institution, non-profit program, open source project, etc. All contestants must be 18 years old. Public sector employees are not eligible for consideration.