Technical expert Infomentum has partnered with IT education organisation EDITx to host the UK’s first Java challenge, launching on April 9, 2018.
The challenge invites Java students and professionals alike to enter an online gamified competition. They compete in separate leagues, alongside their peers, so that everyone gets a fair chance to be crowned UK Java Knight.
Both renowned Java experts and University Professors accepted to play the game as jury members and to write the questions of the challenge.
The jury members are :
- Helene de Ribaupierre: Lecturer at Cardiff university
- Oliver Szymanski: Founder of the Association of Java User Groups, Speaker & Director at Source Knights Ltd.
- Mani Sarkar: Software Craftsman, Java/JVM Developer, Conference speaker, Blogger, various dev. comm. & conf, infra/containers/virtual tech & Steering Committee Member at DevoxxUK
- Mauricio Salatino: Author, International Speaker & Principal Software Engineer at Alfresco
- Siva Narayan: CTO, Author, Key Note Speaker – “Data Asset” “The Next Data Rush” at Focus Group Ltd.
- Maurice Naftalin: Java Champion, Author, Speaker, Associate at JavaSpecialists.EU & Technical Director at Morningside Light Ltd.
- Carlos Matos: Senior Lecturer at Royal Holloway University of London
- Sandro Mancuso: Author, International Speaker, Founder of the London Software Craftsmanship Community, Software Craftsman & Managing Director at Codurance
- Peter Lewis: Lecturer in Computer Science at Aston University
- Peter Lawrey: Java Champion, Blogger, Speaker & CEO at Higher Frequency Trading Ltd.
- Michael Kölling: Vice Dean for Education, Faculty of Natural and Mathematical Sciences at King’s College London
- Jens Krinke: Senior Lecturer at University College London
- Jeroen Keppens: Lecturer at King’s College London
- Dan Hardiker: Chief Technical Officer at Adaptavist.com Ltd.
- Antonio Filieri: Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at Imperial College London
- William Clocksin: Dean of the School of Computer Science at University of Hertfordshire
- Jaap Boender: Lecturer at Middlesex University London
- Rabih Bashroush: Reader at University of East London
- Ruben Badaró: Executive Director at Morgan Stanley
- Shaha Alam: Oracle Fusion Middleware Consultant at Infomentum
The rules are easy: The participants have 15 minutes to give the correct answer to as many Java questions as they can (maximum 17 questions). The questions are multiple-choice with one or several good answers and an associated score 1, 2 or 3 points if answered correctly. A wrong answer results in a score of (-1) irrespective the level of the question.
The Challenge allows the usage of three “jokers”: the “50/50”, “Ask the challengers”, and “Ask a friend”. The total score will be the cumulative score of all questions answered within the set time frame of 15 minutes.
After 2 weeks, hundreds of Java profiles located all over the United Kingdom registered and participated in the challenge. The challenge is still open for 3 more weeks (ending May 25, 2018).
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The current leader in the IT Student category comes from the University of Leeds; his score is 58. The current best professional is working at Amazon Development Center; his score is 68.
The youngest participant is currently 18 years old and the oldest is 73 years old.
Three main purposes for contestants
(a) Fun, emotion and a bit of stress; a great competition with prizes to win.
(b) It’s an opportunity to learn some things: participants can refresh or improve their skills, benchmark themselves and compare to others, learn more about Java or just discover it.
(c) It’s a place suited for social interactions between contestants; they can follow Java leaders and influencers (the jury members!)
What’s in it for you
- First Prize Student & Professional: £800 flight voucher for use on your choice of over 300 airlines
- Second Prize Student & Professional: £500 voucher to be used for an experience of your choice. You could: have a romantic getaway, experience a supercar driving track day, spend a weekend glamping in a treehouse or more!
- Third Prize Student & Professional: £250 Amazon gift voucher
Infomentum, the sponsor of the challenge may contact the participants:
- To share challenge results
- To award the prizes to the best participants
- To share future intern or job opportunities
“Swot up and think laterally. The answer you seek is right in front of you.” – Dan Hardiker, Chief Technical Officer at Adaptavist.com Ltd.
“My main advice for the contestants will be to pay a lot of attention to detail.” – Carlos Matos, Senior Lecturer at Royal Holloway University of London
“Use the jokers at the right time and keep a close eye on the clock.” – Alexandre Dembour, Partner EDITx
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