Team up & code an AI bot as fast as you can

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  • Monday, December 7, 2015

    6:00 PM

  • 2nd floor ,3 Melrose Boulevard, Melrose Arch, South Africa, Johannesburg (map)

  • For the December JUG we’ve decided to run something a bit more practical than the usual talk format (think code retreat meets AI coding challenge).
    We’ll be using Entelect’s R100K Challenge from this year as the game you’ll be writing a bot for. The game was a 2 player variant of Space Invaders.

    If you intend to join you should at least give the rules ( http://challenge.entelect.co.za/rules) a quick read and get the following items setup and running on your machine:
    -The test harness that runs a match between 2 bots:

    https://github.com/EntelectChallenge/2015-SpaceInvaders-TestHarness
    -This is written in C#, so you’ll need Mono if you are on Linux. If you’re on a Debian derivative getting it should be as simple as: sudo apt-get install mono

    -Everyone starts from the Java sample bot (please don’t reuse code from your entries):

    https://github.com/EntelectChallenge/2015-SpaceInvaders-Bot-Java
    On the night you’ll divide up into teams of 2 and see if you can come up with a working bot in a couple of hours. Some of the Entelect R100K organizers will be on hand to assist you with network setup, getting your bot up and running and to answer any questions that may arise.
    This is just for fun, so don’t worry about making a fancy bot or using fancy AI techniques – you can write a very simple bot with a hard-coded sequence of moves and see how it fares. Afterwards we’ll run all the bots against Pierre Pretorius’s winning bot and post the final rankings on Meetup afterwards so everyone can see how well they did.
    Agenda:
    18:00 – 18:45 Social and food
    18:45 – 19:00 Divide into teams of 2
    19:00 – 20:30 Coding & Testing

 

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