In July 2006, Geert Bevin was honored by being awarded the coveted title of Java Champion by an international panel of over 50 Java leaders.
Currently there are only approximately 76 Java Champions in the world, out of a pool of 6 000 000 Java developers worldwide.
Matt Thompson, director of Sun Developer Network, says in an article on Java Developer's Journal, the idea is to build "a community of Java Champions that reflects the top echelon of contributors to the Java Community." And he goes further: "I look at these folks as the heroes of the Java platform ... These folks are truly both a wealth of knowledge for us to tap into, as well as a great resource to work with in making the Java platform easier to adopt worldwide.".