The Countdown Begins: Four Months To The Windward Code Wars

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International Collegiate Programming Championship showdown set for January 2013. Computer science majors from around the world to compete in this virtual hackathon.

Windward Hackathon Trophies

Windward Code Wars Trophies

This is a battle for school pride, bragging rights and to see which school has the most awesome programming students," says David Thielen, CFO and founder of Windward

The college fall semester may just be underway, but hundreds of top student programmers across North America are already preparing for the winter's hottest competition. These future technology leaders will be taking part in the Windward Code Wars, the International Collegiate Programming Championship that challenges teams of computer science students to become the hackathon champion.

Sponsored by enterprise reporting software giant Windward, the Code Wars computer science competition is a contest to see which team can write the best code. Students race against the clock and one another to analyze a problem, write a solution, and test and debug it. After the 8-hour programming deadline, teams go head to head.

"This is a battle for school pride, bragging rights and to see which school has the most awesome programming students," says David Thielen, CFO and founder of Windward. "The students are the best of the best and are so into programming they crave spending a Saturday writing code for the pure intellectual challenge."

This past year's competition drew students from a dozen prestigious universities, including Boston University, Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell University, Harvey Mudd College, Georgia Tech, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Purdue University, Stanford, University of Illinois, University of Massachusetts, University of Toronto and University of Wisconsin. University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire took home top honors and defeated its closest rival by a final score of 502-468.

Learn more about the Windward hackathon at

About Windward
Windward offers business intelligence, enterprise reporting, document generation and Web-based business intelligence solutions. Launched in 2002, Windward is the only full-featured, robust Java and .NET engine to use Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint as a layout tool, putting template design and report and document generation power in the hands of the end user. Any Office user can easily and securely create reports and documents with almost no learning curve. Additionally, OEMs and VARs use Windward’s reporting component.

Windward works by merging any XML, SQL or custom data source—or any combination thereof—with a Microsoft Office report template. It feeds data into the template to create a what-you-see-is-what-you-get report or document that can be generated in DOCX, XLSX, PPTX, PDF, HTML, direct to printer, RTF, XLS, WordML, TXT, and CSV. Windward runs as a standalone application or in an enterprise computing environment. Also unique, Windward implements in hours, offers affordable server-based pricing, and offers “prompt, fantastic” technical support via a 24/7 support forum and support contracts. A free trial of Windward's products is available at

The Windward user group spans 70 countries. User applications include financial statements, inventory reports, product-usage reports, purchase orders, invoices, training certificates, timesheets, and licenses. Other applications include reporting to meet requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley, Patriot Act, ARRA, HIPAA, Health Level Seven, IFRS, Gramm-Leach-Bliley, Basel II, and other U.S. and international acts and accords affecting financial services, real estate, government, and insurance industries and the consultants and integrators serving them.

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