After visiting 25 campuses and meeting over 5,000 students this past fall, Readyforce wrapped up the 2012 Hacker Tour with the ‘Last Stop’ inter-collegiate coding challenge. Partnering with HackerRank, we invited students from all over the world to write their best code in order to make their ‘bots’ compete in a virtual maze. Think Tron meets Pac-Man.
Over 500 students from more than 83 different schools registered for the coding competition. MIT had the most students registered with 33 coders, followed by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne with 31, Auburn University with 18, University of Michigan had 17 and Princeton with 16 coders.
At stake in addition to top honors and bragging rights was cold hard cash: $1,500 for 1st place, $500 to 2nd and $200 to 3rd place. But those that didn’t finish in the top three spots didn’t walk away empty handed.
In what some argued might be the best conciliatory prize ever, students in fourth through sixth places battled for Romo, the smartphone robot from Romotive. Still those top 25 scorers received received 12-months free from Firebase and those in the top 50 received $20 credit from uber. A nice haul for the top 50 students that participated!
The Final Scoreboard
Top honors went to Kevin Davis of Auburn University who along with his fellow War Eagle, David Shuckerow rocked the campus into the wee hours of the night in order to claim major bragging rights for Auburn. There’s a great back story here that David shared with us and Mashable wrote a great article on it.
The Final Standings
|1||Kevin Davis||Auburn University|
|2||Kevin Whelan||University of Virginia|
|3||David Briemann||Hochschule Darmstadt (University of Applied Sciences) – Germany|
|4||David Shuckerow||Auburn University|
|5||Joao||Goethe University Frankfurt – Germany|
|6||Jared Beaudrot||Clemson University|
Giveaway Winners Announced!
To celebrate the end of the Hacker Tour, we announced at the end of the coding challenge that we would be giving away an iPhone 5 as well as 10 swag packages. The entries were counted and verified and the contest winners are:
10 HackerTour Swag bag winners:
Marianne J., Giuliana G., Lixuan Z., Roopak V., Donald H., Vandit K., Neelesh S., Patrick C., Adrian T., and Olga S.
Congratulations to all the lucky winners!