My name is Jake Olkin. I am a graduate student at the University of Michigan, and graduated from Carnegie Mellon University. I study robotics, specifically artificial intellgence.
I decided to put this competition together for a number of reasons:
- To provide a software-only programming competition aimed at students. This one is different than most in that a small team collaborates to create a single program that is capable of playing a game against other teams. It combines computer programming with game play and strategy.
- To provide a competition that not only mimics the format of the popular robotics competitions such as FIRST Robotics Competition and VEX Robotics Competition, but is also similar to popular college-level programming competitions such as MIT's Battlecode. As a FIRST alumni, I want to see more competitions of this style that can be accessed by high school and college students alike.
- Competitions, contests, tournaments are all fun. And anything that gets kids excited about computer programming is a good thing.
- How often do you get to write programs that will then be pitted against teams from all across the globe? Imagine the bragging rights if you win.
- I just enjoy doing these kinds of things. They are also as much fun to produce as to participate in.