Computing contest offers £300 prize



Tina Milton

Contractors can pit their wits against one another and win £300 in a computer programming contest organised by Mind Sports...



Tina Milton

Contractors can pit their wits against one another and win £300 in a computer programming contest organised by Mind Sports Organisation Worldwide (MSO). It will be holding regular Computer Programming Tournaments through its web site at www.msoworld.com/.

The winners will qualify for the World Championship programming contest which will take place during the Mind Sports Olympiad. This is an annual competition for creators of board games, classic games, creative thinking, memory skills puzzles - and now computer programming. Each winner of the monthly programming challenge receives a cash prize of $500 (£300), and a chance to compete for more prizes during the Olympiad at the end of August. An estimated 15,000 people will attend the 10 day event this year.

A spokesman for MSO, David Levy said that the Web has made such a contest far more plausible than it would have been in the past. "It's been hard to reach everyone that we wanted to. A contest just isn't a contest without a wide spread of competitors. The web allows us to reach anywhere that mind sports are taking place."

Each computer program will be judged on a scoring system which will examine how quickly it is written, its efficiency (speed of execution) and code compactness.

Levy said, "We will announce the programming challenge at fortnightly intervals and give entrants 48 hours to write their programs. As the number of competitors increases this will increase to a weekly challenge that will be set at a fixed time on a Sunday, and allow four or five hours for completion."

Contractors who want more information should visit www.msoworld.com/programming.html. The competition will begin from mid-January onwards.

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