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The People

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.

CodeWarCrowdParticipants 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

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!

The Setting


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.

View the 2014 winners and results

View the 2013 winners and results

Past Participants:

  • -Past Participants-

    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
    Stanford 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