About Us

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Competitions, contests, tournaments are all fun. And anything that gets kids excited about computer programming is a good thing.
  4. 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.
  5. I just enjoy doing these kinds of things. They are also as much fun to produce as to participate in.
If you have questions, comments, or even want to possibly help out, please contact us at operationcodeclash@gmail.com.