Do yourself a favor and remember these names:
- James Felton
- Jonathan Fretheim
- Becky Sippert
- Corey Schulz
These are the four members of Team Grande Letra O (oh, to be a college student again!), the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire team that won the inaugural International Collegiate Programming Championships.
Team Grande Letra O dueled through tough battles to capture the trophy, defeating their closest rival by a final score of 502-468.
You’re sure to be hearing those names again. And when you do – because they’re some of the brightest programmers in the world – you can say “I knew them when…”
Code Wars — the rundown
We’re honored that hundreds of teams from a dozen prestigious universities across North America took part. Boston University, Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell University, Harvey Mudd College, Georgia Tech, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Purdue University, Stanford, University of Illinois, University of Massachusetts, University of Toronto and University of Wisconsin students gave up their free time Saturday to program for fun.
Yes, for fun. With a little virtual blood and guts thrown in.
The Windward Code Wars competition is a fight to the death – literally. Each team writes an Artificial Intelligence player for a combat game based on the game RoboRally.
Students race against the clock and one another to analyze the A.I. problem, write a solution, and test and debug it. After the 8-hour programming deadline teams go head to head, with each team’s software trying to kill the other teams in the game.
Code Wars – the details
- Teams of 2-5 students participated in university competitions from 10am to 6pm local time. (Even though it’s hours after the rest of the world has started working, it was still called “Soooo early!” by one Facebook user. Yeah – just scroll down that page to see what time he posted…)
- The top two teams at each school were then placed in three semifinal brackets of eight teams each.
- After battling it out in the semifinals, the top two teams from each bracket and the two highest-scoring wildcard teams were ready to compete in the championship round. Check out the Code War video.
(There was one small glitch here – the code for one of the schools didn’t make it to the finals in time. The finals were supposed to start at 6:30 Pacific Time, but they were delayed by 1.5 hours. Thanks to everyone for sticking around and not letting that dampen your enthusiasm.)
Fight to the Finish
The finals were played in 10 consecutive rounds and Team Grande Letra O was the resounding winner with 502 points. Second place went to Team Skyward Nord from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, with 468 points, and third place went to Team BotBebop from Purdue University, with 433 points.
Congratulations and a big thank you to all Code Wars participants!