The University of the Philippines Ayala TBI based JEDI project team scored another milestone, when it presented at the Sun JavaOne conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, USA. The conference was held last May 8-11. The team was led by Professors Rommel Feria and JP Petines of the UP Computer Science Department, who both co-chair the JEDI project in Manila.
This is the first time that Filipinos presented at the JavaOne conference. It is estimated that around 15,000 Java people attended the conference.
JEDI stands for the Java Education Development Initiative. It is a collaborative courseware project that aims to make free, high- quality IT and Computer Science instructional materials that conform to international education standards. It was the result of a collaboration between Sun Microsystems, the University of the Philippines, Ayala Foundation and other industry partners. JEDI was incubated at the Java Research and Development Center located at the UP Ayala Technology Park (South).
The JEDI team was able to get interest from educators around the world. Their partner in Brazil committed to do an online testing system for JEDI. A Russian individual also expressed interested to do the translation in his native language. Another department in Sun Microsystems, separate from the one they are currently dealing with, wants to work with JEDI for other courses like databases. JEDI is also being translated in Portuguese, French, and Bahasa Indonesia.
The JEDI team was also able to communicate personally with Scott McNealy, Chairman of Sun Microsystems, for possible collaboration with his new project named Curriki.
More information about the project is available at http://jediproject.net