CPSSD Team go close @ Google HashCode
The first year CPSSD team of Noah Donnelly, Cian Ruane and Stefan Kennedy caused some excitement at the Google HashCode competition here in the School of Computing last week (11/2/16).
Google HashCode is a team competition where teams a given a real-life engineering problem from Google to solve. Past problems have included Optimizing Street View Routing or planning altitude and direction of a fleet of LTE equipped balloons to provide Internet to remote areas. This year, students had to solve a Drone Delivery problem, efficiently delivering orders from customers from multiple warehouses. See below for the problem statement.
DCU was one of over 300 hubs around Europe, the Middle East and Africa all competing in the online qualification stage. The top 30 scoring teams from over a total of 1000 teams are invited to the Final Round at Google Paris on 19th March.
For added excitement, Google freeze the scoreboard for the final hour of the competition, while teams optimized their final drone delivery solution. When the scoreboard was frozen, Noah, Cian and Stefan team had reached an amazing postition of 24th overall in the competition!
Unfortunately, after the competition had finished and solutions from all teams around Europe, Africa and Middle East had been calculated, our CPSSD team had dropped down to 120th. A very impressive position nontheless, from over 1000 teams and from 7different hubs around Ireland they were the 2nd highest team!
The CPSSD team have already committed to going one better next year with a top 30 position so watch this space!
Well done lads.