King’s College London Codeathon: Bigger, better and more pizza!


Following on from the first 2012/13 codeathon in Dundee, we set our sights firmly on re-visiting King’s College London. Having achieved a third placed finish in last year’s challenge, we’re hoping they can challenge for the top spot this year and show us just what they’re made of.

Kicking off the busiest week of the Student Developer Challenge so far is the King’s College codeathon, which ran over two 12-hour sessions on consecutive days.

We saw 23 budding developers come and go during both days, as they sapped Keith and Sameer of all the knowledge possible – whilst also consuming large amounts of food from morning right through to the evening.

With a split in the types of games and team sizes, we saw some really interesting ideas from a great set of students.

We even saw a Challenge first, as ‘MY Team’ who had roughly 1500 miles between them, coding through both sessions together via Skype. That is dedication!

So as Wednesday evening drew in, Lee, Keith, Sameer and Micheal Luck (Professor of Computer Science and Head of the Department of Informatics) called the students in and judged them on their work, deciding to split the £500 prize between three teams.

Again, the competition was strong and all were scored so closely, all teams were told not to be discouraged as all application ideas were ones we could see reaching the finals in March.

Codeathon Winners:

Quiz Contest

Yeldar Merkaziyev, Mohamed Ali Faqi and Adilet Zakiyev


MY team

Yordan Yordanov and Marek Matejka (Marek was at the codeathon in spirit via Skype!)


The Gang

Sadruddin Junejo, Malcolm Ngobi, Hussain Miah, Jayen kumar Jaentilal, Hani Kazmi,Sahel Zarrien and Ammaar Shaukat Reshi

As you can see on Facebook, we’ve documented both days with pictures and updates galore. We also started a trend we hope will follow on, whereby all the coders sign a page on the Galaxy Note 10.1, including us and the SERI guys.

Another HUGE thank you goes out to Steffen Szachler, Emily Balls and Micheal Luck for helping make the codethon a success. An even bigger thank you to the students, as it wouldn’t have been possible without you bringing yourselves, laptops, enthusiasm and your strong appetites for fast food.

Good luck and we’ll see you in March!

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