Leanpub sponsoring BattleSnake (a student AI programming contest, Feb 20, 2016) at UVic. We need books for prizes!

by Peter Armstrong

published Feb 04, 2016

If you are a Leanpub author and you want to donate copies of your book(s) as prizes for BattleSnake, a student programming contest, please email a free coupon for your book to peter@leanpub.com! The uses limit on the coupon should be anywhere from 25 to 200, depending on how generous you feel :)

Long version:

We’re a startup based in Victoria, Canada. Another startup in our building, Sendwithus, is putting on a student AI programming contest called BattleSnake (http://www.battlesnake.io/) at the University of Victoria (UVic). Leanpub is a “Unicorn Sponsor” of BattleSnake, since we think it’s a cool event.

Anyway, besides helping pay for the event, as a sponsor we get to donate prizes which are earned by student teams which defeat our “Bounty Snake”. This is an AI bot (a “snake”) which will fight other snakes coded by the student teams from UVic and other local schools which are participating in the event. If a student team defeats your Bounty Snake, they get a prize.

Now, after learning about the event, I realized that many of our authors have written books which would be excellent prizes for students who are entering a programming contest.

So, Leanpub is going to code a Bounty Snake AI. Every student team which can defeat it will get prizes of Leanpub books, chosen from among the Leanpub books volunteered as prizes by Leanpub authors.

We expect that there will be between 100 and 200 students who participate. So, what we’d like is for authors to email a free coupon for your book to peter@leanpub.com! The uses limit on the coupon should be anywhere from 25 to 200.

(We’re also going to donate our office Xbox One as a prize, since it’s just sitting there unused — the only game we actually play at Leanpub is Super Smash Bros on our Wii U. The plan is for this to be a prize for one of the students chosen at random from the team which defeats multiple instances of our Bounty Snake on a large board in the shortest amount of game time.)

– Posted by Peter Armstrong


Originally published at leanpub.com.