Young coders compete in 2015 Beauty of Programming

On May 27, 2015, Suzhou, a historic, scenic city in southeast China, hosted this year’s finals of the Beauty of Programming (BoP) competition, a creative contest among talented young programmers. Sponsored by Microsoft in collaboration with IEEE, BoP encourages contestants to use their programming skills to solve practical problems. With a theme of Artificial Intelligence…


Code Hunt: creating a community with a game

Launched a year ago, Code Hunt is a coding game that challenges players first to deduce a hidden problem from clues presented as unit tests and then to write a program to solve it. The game has been enormously successful, attracting more than 150,000 players from around the world and achieving amazing stickiness—99 percent of…


Computer Science Education Week: "touching" on the Hour of Code

It’s time to revise the traditional “three Rs” of education in the United States. In addition to “reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmetic,” we need to add computer science. Yeah, I know it doesn’t even contain an “r,” but computer science is just as important as those fundamental “r” skills. And that brings me to the topic…


Jammin’ with Cloud-Enabled Apps

Are you a student looking to win a little extra spending money? Or maybe just get some props for your coding chops? If so, you’ll want to enter your Windows Phone or Windows 8 app in the Project Hawaii Mobile Code Jam Challenge. But you’d better act quickly—you’ll need to register your project by October…