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NetBeans Helps Philadelphia Live8 Attendees Speak Out Against Poverty

By: Admin, 26 Jul 2005

On July 2, 2005, NetBeans helped 26 million people attending or watching the Philadelphia Live8 concert speak out against global poverty.

Legendary performers Bob Geldof and Bono organized the nine worldwide Live8 concerts to raise awareness of this important issue before the meeting of the G8 Summit on July 6. Since their initial broadcast, the concerts have been viewed by over two billion people around the world.

Attendees and viewers of the Philadelphia Live8 concert were asked to sign a petition against poverty by sending a text message containing their name to UNITE (86483). Live8 organizers then replied to the sender's message and their name was displayed on a large ticker above the stage. The real-time petition was also posted online at


Sun Microsystems systems engineer Matthew Stevens used NetBeans 4.1 and Java SE 5.0 to create the digital banner. NetBeans 4.1 was selected for its exclusive features for Java Swing development and its proven ability to rapidly develop Java technology applications in a team environment.


The volume of text messages during this event broke all historical records and received a great deal of news coverage. "It's the modern version of holding up a cigarette lighter" said Sun chief architect and event technical lead Danny Malks. "With an ubiquitous device like a cell phone, [people] can get involved...When someone sees their name up there, it creates excitement and buzz."

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