One of the intriguing things about running an open source project with a thriving community is that you never quite know what the community is actually doing with the software. Community members post questions to the discussion forums and those sometimes give us a few clues as to what they’re doing, but the big picture is hard to see. So, inevitably, curiosity got the better of us, and two months ago we announced the Wonderland JavaOne Showcase Competition. We hoped it would provide an incentive for community members to tell us what they’ve been doing with Wonderland. Then we held our breath: what if nobody entered?
We needn’t have worried, because we were surprised to discover several projects that were already quite far along. One team even invited us to join them in a demo on their own Wonderland server! The submissions we received were all of high quality and showed innovative and creative uses of the Wonderland platform. We designed Wonderland to be a great platform for building collaborative 3D virtual worlds, but these projects proved that we’d made a good start (we’ll make it even better in release 0.5). Now we had a new problem. The submissions were so good, it was impossible to choose a single winner! So, after some deliberation we decided to award two first prize winners, who I’m happy to announce today.
And the winners are…
Winner #1: Malden Labs for 6thSpace
6thSpace, created by Malden Labs, is an enterprise-class application designed to manage large scale projects where distributed teams, multiple data streams, diverse application integration, and "always on" collaboration are required. Built on Sun’s Project Wonderland virtual world platform, 6thSpace enables customers to simplify the way in which they access diverse content, collaborate, and utilize 3D information.
Winner #2: Green Phosphor for Glasshouse
With Glasshouse, Green Phosphor’s interactive data mining gateway application, database queries can be visualized and explored collaboratively in a 3D Wonderland environment. In this example, the user’s query has produced a graph of total yardage by year and team, for the entire National Football League. The upper graph is a detailed view of San Francisco’s 1998 season by player. In the lower graph Chicago’s column and the 1974 row are selected. A 437 yard game by Steve Young has been highlighted. The same techniques illustrated here, along with advanced Glasshouse features, can be applied to analyzing data stored in an enterprise’s data warehouse.
Congratulations Malden Labs and Green Phosphor!
If you’re curious to learn more about these award winners, we’ll be demonstrating them live at JavaOne in San Francisco next week. We’ll have two demo stations in the JavaOne Pavilion: one in the Sun booth (#194) and one in the Java Playground (#1034). Nicole and I will also announce the competition winners at the Community Corner in the Pavilion at 1:30pm on Tuesday, May 6th.
So, come to JavaOne and get inspired! And, if you have a cool Wonderland project, come and tell us all about it. Better yet, show us!
For a list of all the Wonderland and related activities at JavaOne check the previous blog entry.