Which University Will Leave the Others a Bloody Splot on the Field of Battle

And we’re not talking figuratively here, we’re talking literally. The top 12 Computer Science Universities in the world are competing this Saturday in a code war. This is a battle for school pride. This is a battle for bragging rights. This is a battle to see which school has the most awesome programming students.

And it literally is a battle. Each team is writing the A.I. for a computer game. The contest is then the A.I.s from each team fighting each other where one will reign victorious over the others on the field of battle.

Each school has multiple teams competing. They are given the problem at 10:00am and have 8 hours to write an A.I. for the game. We selected a game A.I. because there is no perfect solution. And the best A.I. is not who can write the fastest or most esoteric code, it’s who can come up with the best approach to playing the game. So a team of freshmen can be competitive with a team of graduate students.

school trophyThe winning team at each school gets a sweet trophy. In addition they will go on to represent their school at the final, which is at 6:30pm PST this Saturday. And if you attend one of the participating schools, it is not too late to sign up! Go to Windward Code War for links to the sign up information for your school.

The students participating are the best of the best. They are attending one of the top 12 Computer Science Universities. And they’re the students who are so into programming, they are spending their Saturday writing code for the pure intellectual challenge. The programming skill on display in this challenge is unprecedented. Make sure you come watch the webcast of the final, 6:30pm PST on Saturday Jan 28.

world championsThe school that wins the final gets an even sweeter trophy. We picked this because it is a simple and elegant design and that is the goal when writing code. Plus the sailing ship plays into our company name as windward is a sailing term. But the main reason we picked it is it is beautiful and stands out. I think with this we’ve come up with a trophy that will make the football team jealous.

Who do you think will win?

More at The Windward International Collegiate Programming Championships.