Bright and early on a cold Saturday in February, over 60 students from four different CEGEPs assembled in the Polytechnique building of Université de Montréal. Coffees in hand, these students would spend close to 16 hours participating in what the tech community calls a hackathon, a fast-paced event where each team works to create (or hack together) a project in a very limited amount of time. This specific hackathon’s challenge was to create an artificial intelligence (AI) for the game TRON (think multiplayer Snake.) The AIs are then pitted against each other in a virtual showdown.
The newly founded Vanier Tech Club, after receiving official recognition and funding from the VCSA only days before the competition, sent two teams to the hackathon. One of these teams, comprised of students Diego Lopez, Cesar Sioufi, Arryan Zaman, and Clarence Zhen, went on to win the hackathon, using an algorithm that essentially makes moves to use the absolute most space on the board.
Thanks in part to this victory, the Tech Club is on track to becoming the number one place for like-minded students to collaborate on technology projects, and learn about programming, software development, web development, and computer science.
If you are interested in the Vanier Tech Club, send a MIO to Cesar Soufi, the club president.
Written By: Ben Stix