Open Source Communities Announce Participation Details for Sun Sponsored $1 Million Innovation Awards Program

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—January 29, 2008— Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: JAVA), and the GlassFish(TM), NetBeans(TM), OpenJDK(TM),, OpenSolaris(TM) and OpenSPARC(TM) communities today announced details on how developers and community members can participate in the individual Open Source Community Innovation Awards programs. Each community, as outlined below, will have its own program rules and judging criteria.

In any Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) community, collaboration and creativity are central to its success in engaging developers and fostering innovation. The six participating communities have been involved from the beginning in the design of their programs and will also be involved in their administration. Even as the program gets underway, developers are already thinking through potential entries.

"Sun hopes that the opportunity for individual developers to be recognized for their contributions will also drive a wave of excitement and collaborative energy, which will help to power these communities toward greater innovation, participation and growth," said Simon Phipps, chief open source officer, Sun Microsystems.

The six communities have been asked by Sun to direct $175,000 (USD) of cash awards for their program. The only restriction is that Sun employees are not eligible to participate. Sun is paying all administrative costs of the program. Prize winners will be announced in August 2008 and payments made by the end of September 2008. Pointers for all of these programs can be found at


The GlassFish Awards Program (GAP) is designed to encourage and recognize innovation and community participation with GlassFish-related activities and contributions. The project this year encourages software contributions, local activities from communities throughout the world, bug reports, blueprints or documentation and course ware. One or more prizes will be awarded to the entrants who submit the best entries as determined by the judges in accordance with the GAP Official Rules.


The Dreams of Reality: NetBeans Innovator's Grants will help developers bring their NetBeans-related projects to life through a grant-based work program. Open source developers can submit project ideas ranging from extra NetBeans modules, fixing Integrated Development Environment issues and bugs, documentation and adoption material, translations, to NetBeans platform applications, and more. A panel of judges selected by the NetBeans Community will select the best proposals based on criteria of importance for NetBeans, impact on NetBeans adoption, importance for the NetBeans community, completeness of the proposal and integration with existing open source projects. For more details:


OpenJDK Community Innovator's Challenge is intended to encourage and reward developers working together in solving key problems, initiating new innovative projects that promote new uses for the code, developing curricula and training, and porting the OpenJDK code base to new platforms. The OpenJDK challenge will run in two phases: the proposal phase and the project phase. A panel of judges will choose from submitted proposals up to seven finalists to enter the project phase. The judges will rank the completed projects and all completed projects will receive an award, based on their ranking. For more information please visit

The goal of the Community Innovation Award Program is to foster community development and innovation. All projects must be able to be subsequently worked on by the community and all work must be abide by's license scheme. There are six categories for this program: Technical, Community, Tools, OpenDocument Format (ODF), Documentation and Special. The Community Council is the final judge of the program and coordination of the judging will be done by a committee made up of some of its members. The Community Awards Program Committee includes: Louis Suarez-Potts (Sun), Pavel Janik (independent), John McCreesh (independent) and Stefan Taxhet (Sun). For program details:


The OpenSolaris Community Awards Project features a $100,000 open call for innovation and a $75,000 student research program. The awards will recognize outstanding or innovative contributions to the OpenSolaris community, with 25 $1,000 second prizes, three $15,000 first prizes, and a $30,000 grand prize. There are no categories for submission. Winning projects could include code, video, documentation or others. The student research program will fund student-professor research collaborations, focused on OpenSolaris, at universities across the globe. Visit to participate.


The OpenSPARC Project Awards program will include eight categories and award amounts, ranging from $20,000 to $30,000 for the grand prize winner. The OpenSPARC awards program will be judged by a jury panel of industry experts selected from within the OpenSPARC community and representing a diverse background of expertise and experience. Judging will use an objective point-based system. For details of the program:

About Sun and Open Source

Sun Microsystems made a public commitment to Free and Open Source software and in doing so has contributed billions of dollars, as well as more code, to Free software than any other organization in the public or private sector. In addition to leveraging many industry-wide open source projects, Sun has taken the unique step of opening its core software, hardware and storage technologies and sharing them as Free and open source. This action enables Sun to build its products through the preferred means of co-production and to grow the potential market for Sun products and services by directly attracting users to a free platform, while allowing developers the freedom to identify new opportunities and therefore new markets for the technologies. For more information about Sun's open source projects visit:

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About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Sun Microsystems develops the technologies that power the global marketplace. Guided by a singular vision -- "The Network is the Computer" -- Sun drives network participation through shared innovation, community development and open source leadership. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the Web at

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, OpenSolaris, OpenSPARC, NetBeans,, GlassFish, OpenJDK and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All SPARC trademarks are used under license and are trademarks or registered trademarks of SPARC International, Inc. in the US and other countries. Products bearing SPARC trademarks are based upon an architecture developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc.


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