I am David Parker, Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Hull.

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Bored? Games! 2 Fast 2 Festival

alt text Back at the beginning of the academic year, we were all geared up to run the Festival of Daring and Excitement. However, upon arriving at the University the day of the event, I discovered that all the doors to the building were taped off and a strictly no entry sign was stuck to the doors. Cue me rushing around like a lunatic trying to find out what happened, and telling as many people as quickly as possible that we would have to cancel the event and try again another day.

Another day arrived.

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Kattis Algorithmic Athletics 2023

alt text On the Saturday of the May bank holiday weekend, four teams of courageous coders came together to compete in the Kattis Algorithmic Athletics here in the School of Computer Science at the University of Hull.

They were glorious, and this is how it all went down.

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Global Game Jam 2023

alt text Global Game Jam was back this weekend just passed. This year the theme was Roots. There was a modest turnout, but games were made and fun (and learning) was had.

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Bored? Games! Christmas Bash 2022

alt text After a long pandemic hiatus, yesterday saw the return of the Bored? Games! Christmas Bash. Once again collaborating with the student Gaming Society and the Card and Board Game Society. There were mince pies and everything.

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UK and Ireland Programming Competition 2022

alt text It always seems to take a while for me to get around to writing about this event.

Once again Hull teams took to the field in the UK and Ireland Programming Competition. This year we had a bumper crop of teams applying their brains to some fun algorithmic puzzles. The format is classic: each team can have up to 3 members and are given 1 computer and 0 internets to solve up to 12 secret programming puzzles in just 5 hours.


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Kattis Algorithmic Athletics 2022

alt text On Saturday we hosted a programming and algorithms competition where teams of up to 3 would pit their wits against the 8 programming puzzles and try and solve as many as they could in just 3 hours.

We had teams from across the degree levels, from our first year certificate stage all the way to our masters level.

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Climax Game Jam 2022

alt text Last weekend Climax Studios, a game development studio based out of Portsmouth, hosted a game jam in support of the mental health charity Mind. They invited our students to take part and, since we were about due another game jam anyway, we hosted a local jam site in our labs and ordered in some pizza.

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Fresh Fish

alt text This post is a bit of a two for one.

Firstly, I thought that I would say hi to all the new students joining us this week at the Department of Computer Science and Technology at the University of Hull.

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