We’re very excited to announce that we’re hosting our second annual Atomic Games event at our new office in Grand Rapids on October 22!
The Atomic Games is a development competition for college students. It’s open to folks pursuing a bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering, or a related program. Two-person teams create a board game artificial intelligence then face off against each other for the chance to win $500! Atomic will also be on the lookout for people to join our team in 2017 as interns or full-time developers.
Response to the 2015 Games
Last year’s participants really enjoyed the event. Their responses have encouraged us to make this a regular opportunity for college students going forward:
“The 2015 Games was a great time–writing an AI for the first time was a cool experience to have, and along the way I gained a lot of general programming knowledge that I still use today. I really enjoyed having the opportunity to not only write code that forced me to think differently from the way I have in my courses, but to also do so in a way that was exciting.” – Morgan Oneka
“The games were awesome. Not only was it fun to create our own AIs and then have them compete against each other, but the food was great and I really learned a lot. It was a really valuable experience to interact with real-life developers in a local consultancy. When driving home I thought to myself, ‘This Atomic Object place seems like a great spot to work or have an internship.’ I’ve been interning at AO for two months now, and I believe even more that it really is a great place, and now I can’t wait for the next Atomic Games!” – Joel Stehouwer
“The Atomic Games are a perfect example of how programming can be a ton of fun. I spent a day with my friends, and got to know several developers at Atomic and peers at other schools.” – Dan Kelch
Reasons to Attend
Shawn Crowley’s Othello Challenge post lays out our goals for the Games and gives a detailed walkthrough of the day’s schedule. This year’s competition follows the same format and features a new challenge for contestants to tackle.
As Shawn wrote last year, we expect the Atomic Games will be valuable for students by:
- Bringing students from multiple schools together and introducing them to the technology community
- Having students work in Atomic’s office so they get a better idea of what a creative office environment is like
- Challenging students with a more open-ended programming assignment than they likely get in their classes so they can get an idea of what professional work would be like
- Pairing students with developers from Atomic so they can get perspective on the skills and experience they will gain in their professional careers
- Opening up potential job opportunities through relationships built at the event (Atomic hired five contestants from last year’s Games for full-time and internship positions.)
How to Apply
Please visit our Atomic Games website and fill out the form to apply for the event! Or if you know a student who’d enjoy the event, please share the news!
I am currently a junior in high school at Forest Hills Northern. I job shadowed with Atomic Object this past Spring, 2016. Is there a possibility of observing at the 2016 Atomic Games?
Sure! Stop on by. We’ll be going by 9am and the tournament will start at 5pm.
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