From freshman to PhD candidates, Windward Code Wars’ game of Windwardopolis and Last Man Standing required equal bits of creativity as well as skill set. What freshman may have lacked in coding skill, they recouped in creativity and perhaps, lack of discipline. It was creativity that lead the all-freshman team at the University of Maryland to a second place victory.
Participants from around the globe not only spoke different languages, they wrote code in their programming language of preference. There were teams comprised of women, men, and men and women.
It is encouraging to see how many women actually participate in Windward code wars. All of our outreach was based on the fun of the challenge and our goal was to encourage all CS students to participate. Windwardopolis was fresh with an everyday-activity air about it that left stereotypes behind.
The sponsors of Windward code wars include software companies, banks, and a computer hardware company. All offered internships with employment opportunities.
Most companies know that those who compete in these challenges truly love to write code as they are willing to step into the arena and put their skill to the test. Right – this is a great way to find passionate and creative interns!
Often a solitary task, writing code can be much more fun and more challenging when it’s a group activity and opinion figures into the solution. Windwardopolis teams averaged 5 members per team. All participants were parts of a piece rather than pieces of a part.
Writing code can, and probably should, be written in a 9 – 5 work day. It doesn’t have to be an all-night marathon. It can involve the consumption of sushi and oranges, and water. It can also involve a grazing buffet of sodas and snack food. Windward code wars was limited to 8 hours. (Why should a Saturday night be sacrificed?)
The 2014 Scenario
The challenge – Windwardopolis – was presented as the shuttling of CEO’s to their respective business meetings. From Shirley Clawson to Larry Ellison, students wrote code to deliver the CEOs.
True to life – the most efficient took the prize.
- Boston University
- Brown University
- Carnegie Mellon University
- College of William and Mary
- Colorado College
- Colorado School of Mines
- Colorado State University
- Columbia University
- Computer Science Center – Saint Petersburg
- Georgia Institute of Technology
- Harvey Mudd College
- Hendrix College
- Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Michigan Tech
- Penn State
- Princeton University
- Purdue University
- Saint Petersburg State University
- UC San Diego
- United States Military Academy
- University of Alberta
- University of Central Florida
- University of Chicago
- University of Colorado
- University of Illinois
- University of Maryland
- University of Massachusetts
- University of Pennsylvania
- University of Toronto
- University of Victoria
- University of Wisconsin