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Tuesday, August 8 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
Competitive Coding: How Students Accelerate Their Craftsmanship Journey (Ajay Fewell)

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Abstract:
We’ve heard about fostering software craftsmanship with katas, coding dojos, and randoris. But what if we put gasoline on that fire with some friendly competition? From Hackathons to Capture the Flag to Battlecode, there is a whole landscape of competitions aimed to test and cultivate engineering craftsmanship skills.
In this inspiring talk, one student will share how this digital underground has shaped his growth as a programmer using techniques like micro iterations, environment hacks, and virtual collaboration. Come learn how competition cultivated an agile engineering mindset, and how you can leverage it for your own journey.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Introduction to the overall landscape of competitive computing
  • Specific skills and techniques required to thrive in competition
  • How competitive coding relates to the professional world


Speakers
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Ajay Fewell

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Ajay Fewell is a high-schooler at the tech magnet Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology, focusing on quantum computing and cryptography. He is a frequent competitor in hackathons and CTFtime.org events. Currently, he serves on a research team at George Mason Unive... Read More →


Tuesday August 8, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
Wekiwa 7&8