BCS Programming Competition; Death OfFor the last 21 years, the British Computer Society has held a computer programming competition for students and professional programmers in the UK and Ireland. This year, they are, sadly, not holding it.
I've competed in it twice. It's a team competition; my college sent a team for the last few years. Team was chosen through programming competition within college. The first year, we got through the heats in Edinburgh and didn't do very well in the London final, the second year, we came first in the Bristol heats, and second in London. I was hoping we might manage to come first this year (though in practice this was improbable; we had a very good team last year, apart from me :), and I'm the only one left).
It was great fun doing it, and it gave me a bit of confidence in myself at a time when I was feeling otherwise fairly useless. It was also the only thing in the past four years that got me out of the country, so that was probably a good thing. And I made friends out of it. It's a shame to see it go; according to the BCS, there may be a revamped version in the next year or so, but it's uncertain. I'm left wondering why they actually decided to get rid of it. Hmm, never mind.
So, what now? I may try to participate more in this, despite the unsocial hours. I'm looking at organising a largish in-college, or possibly inter-varsity, competition. And I suppose I can actually travel a bit at some point without a competition as an excuse :)