Calling all coders, but not the kind that crack safes

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By Nicholas Pescod – AfricanBrains

There is a brand new competition is coming to South Africa and if you call yourself a computer coding wiz then you could win R100,000.

According to, NAG magazine and Entelect Software have teamed up to create a unique competition called the 100K Challenge where blooming coders and candidates will compete against each other to win the big prize.

Their goal is to write an artificial intelligence (AI) program that will have the ability to take on a competitor in a game of light-bikes. Those hoping to win the R100, 000 prize will have to design the smartest AI, which will square off against other AI’s in a digital version of Darwin’s theory “Survival of the Fittest”.

Entelect’s Brett Callanan said the main goal of the competition is to create awareness about Entelect within the industry.

“Entelect is South Africa’s leading software engineering company, based in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, with a full service software solutions and resourcing offering,” Callanan said.

To enter the competition head over to Entelect’s competition page. More information about the rules and how to compete can be found on Entelect’s challenge rules page. Closing date is 24th sepetember 2012 at 13:00.

The general public will be able to watch the tournaments online. The finals will be held at the 2012 rAge expo.


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Nicholas Pescod attended Iroquois Ridge High School in Oakville, Ontario and graduated in 2007. After deciding to return for an extra semester of high school he attended the University of Guelph in 2008. In 2009 he transferred from University into Centennial College’s journalism program and graduated in 2012. Pescod has been a contributor to the East-Toronto Observer, and he currently contributes to the North Shore News’ entertainment section. While at Centennial College he created Radio Nation, a weekly Internet radio show with a focus on indie music. Since Radio Nation began in November of 2010 there have been over 70 different live guests. In 2011 Pescod received a Global Citizenship award from Centennial for his work on Radio Nation. The show has regular listeners from around the world. Email: