DIT student wins national coding competition

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Finalists of the Gosucoder National Coding Challenge including the winner Kamil Orlowsk (far right)

30 October 2013: A DIT student, Kamil Orlowski, has won the Gosucoder National Coding Challenge. The competition is a platform for computer science and engineering students to solve a programming challenge in the most innovative way possible.

Students showcased their programming skills and logical thinking abilities in the final rounds of the challenge. Kamil, who is a computer science student at DIT, won another award this summer – Best App Award for his gaming app, ChessDoKu, at the GSK App-cademy 2013 Awards.

Two other DIT students made the top 10 in the Gosucoder National Coding Challenge - Christian Burnham and Oisin De Conduin.

The competition gets its name from a Korean term used to refer to a highly skilled person (Gosu). A Gosucoder is therefore a highly skilled coder of software.

Competitors in the challenge were introduced to an open source programming language (appropriately named Gosu) written by the team at Guidewire Software. Finalists were given an exclusive session with the top developers at the company.

It was a close run competition with finalists spending 2.5 hours solving 3 algorithmic problems through code in the onsite final.

There were 213 registrants from 21 colleges in Ireland and 3,049 code submissions overall. Coming second in the competition was Enno Hermann of Trinity College while Andrii Kovalov of NUI Maynooth placed third.

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