Code Jam 5: Climate Change

The theme for code jam 5 was climate change. Similar to code jam 3, teams could live out their creativity here, as long as it fits the theme. The code jam started on July 20, 2019 at 12 PM UTC, and with more than 117 sign-ups and 27 teams competing, this was our biggest code jam ever (so far)!

Task description

The original task description, as found in the repository, was as follows:

Your theme for this code jam is climate change.

Because this is a free-for-all, you are free to make anything you want, as long as it fits this theme. We'd love if you created something that might help raise awareness, but first and foremost, we want you to create something fun.

Judging stream

If you want to watch the original code jam judging stream, you can find it on YouTube - all of the submissions are showcased in the stream. The winning project is showcased at around the 30 minute mark.

Results

While it was a difficult decision, the winners were Team Combined Crusaders, consisting of Makusu, Mahabama, and missingfragment. They made a really addicting Climate Clicker game that surprised us for being extremely responsive, having beautiful, original art assets, and, most of all, being really fun to play. The code quality of this project was good and they used Pythonic techniques like the LRU cache to make the game behave extremely snappy.

You can check out their entry in the repository and watch us doing so in the livestream.

Runner up 1: Various Vipers

Team Various Vipers produced a game consisting of various mini-games that had an excellent graphical user interface. The fact that the project had accompanying game design documents showed how well-organized this project was. Combined with good code quality, this thematic project deserves the second place in this code jam.

Feel free to check out their submission in the code jam repository and watch us inspecting it in the livestream.

Runner up 2: Gentle Gnomes

The Gentle Gnomes ended up in the third spot. Their web app allowed the user to search for a location and would then show climate-related statistics, plots as well as projections for the future for the specified location. The code quality of this project was outstanding and the web app was extremely useful and interesting.

Again, you can view their submission on the repository or view it live on the livestream.