November 7 and 8, Université de Montréal

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The Hackathon

You'll work together with friends to recreate one of the most iconic video game experiences: level 1-1 from the first Super Mario Bros. game! We'll be providing you with a simple, compact, and easy to understand code base that'll allow you jump right into the action: you'll get to code the player, enemy, and level graphics, user input, physics, and animations (smashing blocks!). Teams will compete against the clock to add as many features as possible, with the ultimate goal of finishing a fully playable version of the first game level. Winners will be considered for a full 1-year scholarship in the DIRO's Computer Science Major!

General Information


When? November 7 (9:00am to 11:59pm) and November 8 (10:00am to 4:00pm). Prepare yourself for 2 days of fun and intense coding!


Where? Pavillon André-Aisenstadt, Université de Montréal main campus. See the Map


Who? 12 teams of 4 students from 3 different CEGEPs join for 2 days of intense coding.



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Skills

Excellent coding experience for students of all levels. Learn how to code all the components of a modern video game in a simple and visual coding environment based on Java. We've prepared a coding platform that hides all the ugly glue code needed to build a game engine, leaving only the most fun problems for you to solve: graphics, physics, animation, and user input.
Bring mathematics to life. Take all the simple math tricks you've learned on paper, and combine them to create a fun, old-school gaming experience. We'll walk you through the simple physics equations, and how to implement them, to get Mario smashing blocks and stomping Goombas!
Develop your teamwork skills. Learn to work effectively in a team. Individually, you'll be able to solve a bunch of cool problems, but it'll take an organized team effort to win the competition and have a chance at a full 1-year scholarship! Learning to divide and conquer, taking the strengths of each team member into account, will prepare you for university and the workforce.
Win prizes! The members of best teams will be eligible for 1-year scholarships at the DIRO, and everyone gets cool swag and free food at the event.
Most importantly, come over to the DIRO to have fun! Spend a weekend with like-minded students, make new friends, challenge yourself, and get a glimpse of how computer science can be used to solve real problems. Oh, and food and drinks are on us :)
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The Organizers

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OLIVIER
MERCIER

PhD Student
LIGUM, UdeM
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CYNTHIA
BEAUCHEMIN

Master Student
LIGUM, UdeM
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DEREK
NOWROUZEZAHRAI

Assistant Professor
LIGUM, UdeM
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SYLVIE
HAMEL

Professor
LIBT, UdeM
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AARON
COURVILLE

Assistant Professor
LISA, UdeM
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SONIA
GOUNAR

Professor and Coordinator
Bois-de-Boulogne
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HARITOS
KAVALLOS

Coordinator
Vanier College
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ANTONIA
KOULOUMENTAS

Professor and Coordinator
Maisonneuve
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JEAN-PHILIPPE
PROVOST

Project Manager
Sciences Plus, UdeM
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DAVID
MILAENEN

Master Student
LIGUM, UdeM
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