Countdown to Windward Code Wars: Student Artificial Intelligence Competition Just Two Days Away

The Windward International Collegiate Programming Championship brings together universities from three continents in a live webcast to stream out of Boulder, Colorado. Top global tech firms sign on sponsors.

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Windward Code Wars 2013 Trophies

The best artificial intelligence program that students create on January 26, will take home one of these trophies.

"Code Wars values strategy and problem solving over coding, and the winners are the ones who can see the big picture," said David Thielen, founder and CTO of Windward.

Boulder, Colorado (PRWEB) January 24, 2013

More than 80 teams from 25 top universities around the world are set to compete this weekend in the International Collegiate Programming Championship, also known as the Windward Code Wars.

On January 26, 2013, hundreds of student teams from universities including Boston University, the College of William and Mary, Colorado College, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, Columbia University, Computer Science Center – St. Petersburg (Russia), Georgia Institute of Technology, Harvey Mudd College, Hendrix College, Indian Institute of Technology (Delhi), Michigan Tech, Penn State, Purdue University, Saint Petersburg (Russia) State University, UC San Diego, United States Military Academy, University of Alberta, University of Central Florida, University of Colorado, University of Maryland, University of Pennsylvania, University of Toronto, University of Victoria, and University of Wisconsin will compete for the title of Windward Code Wars champion.

"Code Wars values strategy and problem solving over coding, and the winners are the ones who can see the big picture," said David Thielen, founder and CTO of Windward, the chief sponsor of the competition. "We've created the kind of A.I. challenge that students find fun and interesting – not just a little bit but 'one of the best days at school ever' kind of fun."

The contest is also sponsored by Microsoft , Hewlett Packard, JetBrains and Morgan Stanley. Every student on the winning team will receive an HP laptop and a Microsoft Surface Tablet, and every student on the second and third place teams overall will receive an HP laptop and a Microsoft Kinect. In addition, each school's first place team will receive free copies of JetBrains software.

Plus, all participants will receive MSDN subscriptions, employee discounts from HP, and free copies of Windward AutoTag and the Windward development server. Further, all participants will be fueled by food and drink provided by Morgan Stanley during the daylong student hackathon.

The school showdowns will take place throughout the day Saturday, with the finals to start Sunday, January 27 at 11 am Mountain Time (U.S. and Canada). To watch a live webcast of the 2013 International Collegiate Programming Championship, please visit http://www.windward.net/codewar/2013_01/intercollegiate_tourney.php

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