Contests and developers seem to go hand in hand. These last few months have seen a virtual plethora of interesting challenges; anything from the Intel® Perceptual Computing Challenge to the seven-week long Ultimate Coder: Going Perceptual saga to the currently running 2013 Intel™ App Innovation Contest.
About the Contest
As an avid fan of all things Star Trek*, I can’t help but hear Mr. Spock’s voice when I read about all these sensors we have watching and helping us in our lives today. Unfortunately as a developer, I usually feel like the guy in the red shirt on the away party when Spock says, “Sir, sensors indicate we are clear to send Mr. Duncan into the cave”. The cave in which I am then killed by the monster that extracts all the salt from my body. The real nightmare is that I’m the guy responsible for the monster detection code.
By William Van Winkle
There’s something about developers and contests; dangle a competition in front of a coder and more likely than not, they’ll push other projects aside in order to jump in feet-first. Is it purely for the love of the game? Or is that most developers have just a wee bit of a competitive streak?