code competitions

Toward the end of my junior year in university, my algorithms professor said he was restarting the university’s competitive programming club and that he was looking for students interested in participating. I didn’t have much going on during the summer and figured it would look good on my resume after…

Since the beginning of my internship at Lucid, I have had great experiences thanks to the great number of activities the company offers to all employees, including interns—we’ve been on hikes, a company retreat, and even a rodeo. One of my favorites, however, was Lucid’s hackathon. What is a Hackathon? Lucid’s…

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This year at Lucid, we ran our first-ever Code Kerfuffle: an open coding competition consisting of two stages. The first stage was a traditional algorithmic competition administered over the Internet. Of the hundreds of people who entered the first round, 32 finalists were invited to an in-person final round where…

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Lucid has hosted multiple programming competitions and is about to host our biggest one yet in March—Code Kerfuffle—with $50,000 in prizes. Here are some things I’ve learned from helping plan and run Lucid’s programming competitions. 1. Define your purpose The first thing to keep in mind when planning competitions is…

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Lucid’s core values include innovation, passion, excellence, and initiative. And we consciously find ways to ensure that teams live those values: when you come into our office, you can even see these words among other values painted on a wall as a reminder.  One of the ways we promote Lucid…