Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Wired News: Geeks Code for the Gold

Wired News: Geeks Code for the Gold

I've always wondered if there was something like this. This is awesome. I like the Olympics BUT it's once sided. Athletics alone don't celebrate or define the extent humanity's comptition.

But you don't have to be a jock to experience the thrill of Olympics victory and the agony of defeat. At the annual International Olympiad in Informatics, or IOI, programming abilities and razor-sharp minds score the big points, not physical speed and agility.

This year, the 16th annual geek olympics is taking place in Athens, Greece, from Sept. 11 to Sept. 18. During the games, 304 young programmers from 80 countries will compete in seven marathon programming sessions to determine who is the world's fastest coder.

I think companies should actually get out there and compete. If anything it *may* make them competetive enough to make good enough code (software, hardware, firmware, etc) to win. The side effect could be software from companies that aren't buggy. It could also be used as a catylst for more innovation. If they could figure out how to fit a customer service competition in there, us little people may win all around.

The negative side effects would be commercialism. I'm talking about the bad kind of commercialism that would have geeks singing in l33t in McDonald's commercials.

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