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Code Wars 2008. It’s On.

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Code Wars 2008 is firmly on schedule now – on 21st November 2008. It was earlier supposed to happen on 14th (Google search still gives the old date)…but due to a few circumstances and popular demand it was thought it would be best to shift it back). That would make for one hectic week, with WarP (DPS Mathura Road’s), CORE (DPS Dwarka’), our event Code Wars, and DPS MUN happening back to back (and soon followed by Exun). Seems like DPS Society schools are hogging all the space this month!

It was a difficult decision to distill Code Wars 2008 down to one day, but it was done to retain the standard of the event. The economic recession did hit us badly with almost all companies cutting down on their advertisement budget. Thankfully, Renew Information Systems and NIIT pitched…and we had an event. The interest shown to support the event by MapMyIndia – started by Code Warrior alumnus Rohan Verma – at a stage when the CW team was in dire straits gave us confidence to go ahead with this. Continuing with tradition, Code Wars 2008 is an open invite event, i.e., in case your school hasn’t got an invite through postal mail yet, then you can download the invite and rules and come for the event anyway (the downloaded versions are equally valid). Remember to register your school online – it’s mandatory.

By cutting it down to a one-day event, we decided to raise the difficulty level across all events. That should keep the excitement up. (Or maybe we’ll just have teams sobbing they couldn’t answer anything.) I’ll be conducting the quiz and crossword and I can vouch this for my events at least. I’m sure a lot of people who’d be coming read my blog so this is my message to them: you still have about a week left. Start preparing. Broaden your horizons and read up stuff like crazy. If you don’t, you won’t know what hit you in the quiz / crossword. Similar to last year, I’ve tried to incorporate knowledge of multiple fields (beyond tech / computers), so be prepped to think outside the box. To make life easier for everyone I’ve decided NOT to include any acronyms (‘mini Ankit Sud’ from DPS Dwarka will be dejected). It pains me when I see kids frantically flipping pages through Babel minutes before an event. Range of topics covered? Everything (except for a slightly less focus on tech, more of trivia; although you may say that there might be a slight bias in covering more of stuff. I. like.) Crossword will be a ‘monster’ crossword with a LOT of clues.

Code Wars 2008 has also had some format changes. Since every event can’t be fitted into a one-day fest, it was decided that we’d hold web designing and digital imaging online. Details are there on the Code Warriors website. I sure look forward to some creative entries!

There’s a funny anecdote here regarding a company which was approached for sponsorship for Code Wars 2008. This kind of stuff is not something I’d discuss generally, but the kind of hypocrisy displayed was so astonishing that I feel I must share it. Among the companies the current CW members approached was Virgin Mobile; their corporate office is in Vasant Square Mall, darn close to our school. So our guys met this woman who was in their marketing department about Virgin Mobile sponsoring us. I gave them the idea about approaching them since it makes perfect sense for Virgin to sponsor us – after all, their brand is targetting the youth segment and an event like Code Wars would give them valuable exposure without Virgin having to pump in a lot of money (unlike college events). Seems like DPS RKP had approached them too because at first she mixed up VK and RKP. Anyway, she heard the team out and in the end she said they won’t sponsor us because

…DPS schools have a slightly shady reputation when it comes to cellphones…

I mean, really? That was ages ago. And this is a lecture on propriety coming from a company which releases ads like the hospital nurse one. I don’t object to the ad which was good, but I do find it ironic that someone from Virgin Mobile’s marketing department said this. More ironic when you consider that Richard Branson owns the company. Maybe this Virgin Mobile lady wasn’t there at the launch of Virgin Mobile (this video, BTW, was put up by Virgin Mobile India’s own marketing department). Talking of ‘reputation’, Airtel has sponsored Code Wars – twice – in the past. Admittedly a company with much greater reputation. CW’s sponsor list has had Microsoft, Intel, Lenovo et al – a veritable who’s who of top tech companies. Virgin Mobile India must be kidding to throw away the marketing opportunity we gave them on those grounds.

See you at Code Wars 2008. soBIG.g. It’s on.



33 Comments

  1. Anirudh Garg

    November 13, 2008

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    hahahahahahahaha
    da lady must be crazy
    hahahhaha

    anyway….sadly enough CORE has been postponed…on December 11th….hopefully it wont be post/pre – poned again….

  2. Ankur

    November 13, 2008

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    @Anirudh: I heard it was on 20th Nov; now it has been postponed? Take care that it doesn’t clash with Access!

    @Karmanya: Code Wars has a ‘versioning’ system after the SoBig worm. The SoBig worm had a version system like SOBig.A, SoBig.B and so on. SoBig.F was the last version number for the actual worm, but it seems like the current team is continuing with tradition regardless.

  3. Anirudh Garg

    November 14, 2008

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    ya…we have been considering that…access’ dates are a big headache…dey havent decided yet..as far as we knw…..
    and dey wont be worried abt clashing dates… :|
    we will….

  4. Prateek Vijayavargia

    November 14, 2008

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    @ Ankur – Good that Code Wars is on – I am really looking forward to it. Yes, the DPS Society could have spaced out the events a bit – Therez hardly time to breathe! So a busy week ahead….Also its good the Quiz and Crossword will be tough – Will be tough for all :-) Even better that there shall be no irritating Acronyms – There shall be no cramming needed :-) So I guess after Exun, therez only CORE and ACCESS, which are left now (Computer Symposiums 2008)?

  5. Ravi Punj

    November 14, 2008

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    Hey.
    Dunno why everyone’s being forced to do a single-day event. Somehow, it takes the fun out of it. Anyways, our dates have again been changed… this time to 10th December. 9th is Eid(dunno how that makes a difference), 11th is TCS IT thing.

    But yea, starting 19th Nov, it’s gonna be one long haul before attaining normalcy.

    19th – WarP
    21 – CW
    22,23,24 – MUN
    27,28 – Access
    29,30 – Exun

    It was getting almost impossible for us to find a good enough date, and we also couldn’t find any good sponsors, so we shifted our thing to December.

    Though I might be asking for too much, but are there any prizes you’re giving away to winners or anything?

  6. Ankur

    November 14, 2008

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    @Ravi: No prizes this year. Do chocolates count? I might give prizes from my own end if someone gives a really stellar performance in the quiz and / or crossword. (I’ve got too much stuff I won at Access lying around at home.)

  7. Anirudh Garg

    November 14, 2008

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    vaise i wonder y n-crypton isnt given enuf importance…sigh….
    honestly…i wudnt mind sum chocolates dere…

    anyway plz temme ur at least giving out trophies…and if ya…to how many positions?

  8. Ankur

    November 14, 2008

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    @Anirudh: N-Crypton isn’t cut out for a stage round format – the content makes it ‘unsuitable’ for holding it on stage. I do think it’s given enough ‘importance’, it’s a Code Wars specialty after all! :) And of course we’re giving trophies! To all positions. Where did you get any indications to the contrary?

  9. Anirudh Garg

    November 15, 2008

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    1st of all..we CAN be given special prizes for solving sum very tuf questions on the n-crypton paper…

    and 2ndly..dun wry..i just said it sarcastically in reply to the thing abt not giving out prizes :|

  10. Ankur

    November 16, 2008

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    @Anirudh: I’m not conducting N-Crypton, so no special prizes from me. I also believe that quiz and crossword are tougher than N-Crypton since it needs logical reasoning *and* know-how of facts.

  11. Anirudh Garg

    November 16, 2008

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    ya bt da level of logical reasoning required in n-crypton is higher than that reqd. in quiz…
    and it requires know-how of facts too…like last time that thing abt ubuntu…ravi knew abt it..so we did it….else that wasnt sumthing that cud be cracked logically…
    and another question used rot 13 and caesar’s box…no amt. of logic alone cud hv solved dis one

  12. Bhuwan

    November 17, 2008

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    thnx ankur…but y hav u decided to not giv acronyms dis time in d CW?& wat will b thr in place of acronyms?

  13. Ankur

    November 17, 2008

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    @Bhuwan: ‘Normal’ questions, instead of acronyms – except that the questions will be anything but normal since they are tough. The reason why I decided not to include acronyms is, as I mentioned, “it pains me to see kids reading Babel before the event”. Basically, it just becomes too fact-based.

  14. Manmeet

    November 17, 2008

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    Hey I somewhat agree with you,Ankur about this acronym thing.It leads to just mugging up of facts(acronyms) and just making points in the finals.

    The same thing happened at my school’s final round where I conducted the quiz,though no elite “DPS” turned up coz I guess they were busy with Silicon Battles of Ahlcon School and our symposium was also on 5th Nov.

    Anyways,I just wanted to ask that to register my school,is it necessary that we’ve an invite or we can get it registered ourselves.???

  15. Bhuwan

    November 17, 2008

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    k…accha since im participating in all d quiz events of all dps skwl i jus wanna no dat do u no ne site for preparation of visuals & personalities?
    if ne den can u post d link plz..i’ll b ver gratefull to u!

  16. Ankur

    November 17, 2008

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    @Manmeet: You can register yourself even if you haven’t received postal invite yet. Which school are you from?

    @Bhuwan: Keep reading computer mags / sites. That helps. Like pcworld.com, good for beginners.

  17. Bhuwan

    November 17, 2008

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    thnx!btw if u dun mind i jus wanna advice u dat if u can do nething bout makin a new event related to java or javascript den it would b quite usefull!as im doin in my skwl in jan i’ll b designing d q paper for javascript & dis event will b thr~

  18. Manmeet

    November 17, 2008

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    I’m from Jaspal kaur Public School.
    I guess some seniors from my school have been to CW in the past,but I haven’t.

    Ok.Thanks for your reply.I’ll ask our HOD,IT and let you know whether we can come or not,because the pre-boards are nearing.So,you know.

  19. Ravi Punj

    November 18, 2008

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    Oye, what are the refreshments gonna be like?

    (I though I’d straight away get to the point)

  20. chirag

    November 18, 2008

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    @ravi punj : i think that’s a very good question, what will the food be like??

  21. Ankur

    November 18, 2008

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    @Chirag / @Ravi: I. Have. No. Clue. I’m just doing the quiz / crossword. Not Domino’s Pizza at least, if that’s what you’re asking. :P But I don’t expect it to be as bad as one Cadbury Eclair toffee per participant either. :D

  22. Anirudh Garg

    November 18, 2008

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    :)
    :(
    :|
    :P
    B-) / B)
    :-o / :o
    X-(

    ps..was getting REALLY bored…so felt like checking out wat all emoticons work here…

  23. Bhuwan

    November 19, 2008

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    ok so jus 1 day to go for code wars…hey ankur im very nervous for quiz & crosswords…i dunno how d quiz will b like as im participatin for d first time in code wars…moreovr no acronyms…
    ankur!at WARP dey gav lots of author & thr novels & various quotes…will d code wars quiz also b d same i.e will hav more of quotes , books & less of computers software ^ hardware???

  24. Ankur

    November 19, 2008

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    @Manmeet: I really liked the visual round / hint round which was there. :) Rest of the stuff was pretty easy. Seems that it was a really short quiz. I hope you find the quiz at Code Wars 2008 equally engaging.

    @Bhuwan: Well…I won’t be giving a lot of hardcore tech, if that’s what you’re asking. I’ll be including a lot of trivia, but not in the form asked at Warp.

  25. Bhuwan

    November 20, 2008

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    d quiz at warp was a piece of junk had nothin related to real IT or computers…dey gav 5-6 questions of quotes & 2-3questions of novelists.
    so i jus wanna no will dis quiz b like warp 1 or will it b different.

    moreovr is d difficulty lvl d same as last yr or different?

  26. Manmeet

    November 20, 2008

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    Thanks for that compliment on Visual Round.
    Anyways,I could have easily made other rounds equally challenging,but as our school is in North Delhi so most of the DPS(s) didn’t come.So,we had to somewhat compromise on the standards of the quiz,otherwise the teams would surely have faced a tough time and the quiz would have been dull and I as the host would have got bored on the stage. xD

  27. Nishant R. Krishan

    November 20, 2008

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    @Ankur
    Will the CW team disclose the webD results today or what?
    When you submit the website a message comes that the results would be out on Thursday..

    Nishant R. Krishan
    Apeejay School SS

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