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2016 Code Wars Champion: Georgia Institute of Technology!

Posted on 02/10/2016

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Georgia Tech has done it again!

Code Wars 2016 Trophy

The coveted Code Wars 2016 trophies.

For the second time in Code Wars history, a team of computer science students from the Georgia Institute of Technology has earned the title of Code Wars champion.

Gearheads (Bounciness) defeated second place finisher Team Guest from the University of Victoria and third place finisher Mason Liu, also from Georgia Tech, to bring home the coveted Code Wars Robot trophies.

The winning team was made up of students Ben Cousins (team captain),  Matthew Fahrbach, Sadra Yazdanbod, Yongkoo Kang, and David Durfee.

The 2016 Code Wars Game

Gearheads (Bounciness)  prevailed by writing the winning AI code in a game modeled the financial board game “Acquire.” In the real-life board game, players place down their tiles on the board in order to create, expand or merge hotel chains. By creating, expanding or merging hotels, the player gains stock in a company which allows them to win money based upon who has the most stock in certain hotels.

In the Windward rendition, each team had to write an A.I. that chose tile placement, stock purchases and when to use “special cards” at the most beneficial time.

The 2016 Code Wars Competitors

More than 200 students (222 to be exact) from 75 teams in schools around the world — as close to Windward’s headquarters as the Colorado School of Mines and as far away as Peter the Great Saint Petersburg Polytechnic University in Russia — spent 8 hours this past Saturday going head to head.


Code Wars participants from the University of Maryland.

They analyzed the never-seen-before problem, wrote their best AI using Python, Java, Microsoft C++, OR C#, created a solution, tested it against the entries of the other programming experts, and attempted to earn the highest score. (In case you were wondering, Python and Java were by far the most popular languages, with a handful of C# competitors thrown in.)

It all came down to the finals among 6 teams: String Theory from the University of Maryland, Almost Software from the University of Victoria, UCF Squire from the University of Central Florida, Mason Liu from Georgia Tech, Team Guest from the University of Victoria, and Gearheads (Bounciness) from Georgia Tech. You can view scores and complete results at  Windward Code Wars 2016 Results.

Some Final Thoughts

We at Windward really want to thank all of the students who competed in this year’s event. It was amazing to watch. We got this email from a faculty member that pretty much summed it up:

“Thank you SOOOOOOOO much for all of your help and support in this—we are so excited, and what you gave our students was absolutely *priceless*!!!!!! :)”

Congrats again to Georgia Tech, and we look forward to seeing you all again next year!

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Author: Beth Billington

Beth enjoys using her writing and graphic design background for writing easy-to-follow help content. She loves learning – whether at work or at home – and spends her free time hiking, doing landscape photography, playing music, baking and pursuing all kinds of hand crafts.

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