The End of an Era 3

Posted by Ned Gulley,

Fourteen years ago, a small group of us here at MathWorks launched the first MATLAB Programming Contest. We wanted it to be a different sort of contest, one that did a better job of mimicking the way ideas move through the real world. In this contest, people would be able to see each others’ code as it was submitted.

That first contest proved to be a hit, and so we did another one, and another one, and… well, here it is fourteen years and twenty four contests later. It’s time for us to change gears. We’re working on some ideas that will bring back the spirit of the MATLAB contest, but this will be the last official MATLAB Programming Contest in this format.

So consider: these are bragging rights worth having. How would you like to tell people that you won the very last MATLAB Programming Contest? Now you’ve got your chance.

Get busy!


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the cyclist replied on : 1 of 3

I remember the MATLAB Contest when it was just 3, barely able to walk around. And now all grown up and retiring.

Bittersweet moment. Looking forward to what the future will bring!

You’re one of the few to win multiple contests. You may end up being the only contestant of all time to win four contests. You could be the Lance Armstrong of the programming contest! Oh, sorry, bad analogy. But it makes me wonder. What would be considered “juicing” in a programming contest? Too much Red Bull? Double espressos?

Alan Chalker replied on : 3 of 3

Ned and all:

Since this is the end of an era, I just wanted to express my utmost gratitude for all the years you all have been doing this and the enjoyment I’ve had throughout. Other obligations prevented me from competing this time, but I’ll always look back fondly on the previous contests. I look forward to whatever else you all do to engage the user community in the future!