It’s a Code World, After All

02-12-2016
Writer(s): Jesica E. Hollinger

CS students joined students across the nation for the Windward Code Wars– a code war hackathon like no other.

On Saturday, February 6, teams from top universities competed for eight hours to analyze a problem, write the best AI using Python, Java, OR C#, create a solution, test it against the entries of the other programming experts, then try to earn the highest score to win a prize.

Instructor Gustavo Rodriguez-Rivera enthusiastically coaches and accompanies the students, who have fun and gain invaluable experience outside of the classroom.

"I hear from everybody that it was a lot of fun – you cannot believe how creative people get when they have limited amount of time to solve a challenge like this,” Rodriguez-Rivera said.” "It was a great team experience,” he added. 

Two Purdue teams won the local competition – Boilertron and Strict Semantics. The teammates of StrictSemantics advanced to the quarter finals with members including Suyash Gupta, Sudharshan Viswanathan, Pranjal Daga,  Parthasarathy Gopavarapu, and Jack Rzenieiwc. Team members of Boilertron include Murtuza Kainan, Pranav Punjabi, Eric Theller, Tatparya Shankar, and Deepsaran Singh.