We are Battlecode, MIT's longest-running programming competition, AU(A)A!
Hello Reddit! We are the dev team for Battlecode, here to answer (almost) all your questions.
What is Battlecode? : Battlecode is a beginner-friendly programming competition run by a team of MIT students over the month of January. Competitors write autonomous AI algorithms (in Java or Scala) to control an army of virtual robots and compete against opposing teams. Our final tournament is held live in Cambridge, MA (on MIT campus) and in past years finalists have been flown in from all over the world to attend.
Nothing beyond knowledge of the basics of Java is required! We livestream and post videos of our lectures and tutorials to help guide new competitors through the process of writing a player.
Anyone can register and make a team (1-4 people) in order to compete. Teams composed of all currently registered students (from any school) are eligible for a prize pool of over $50,000. Registration deadline is January 8th.