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Random Programming Competition, Summer 2008

Star Trekkin'It's Summer (in some parts) and so in order to ensure you resist the pull of fresh air, warm nights and relaxing drinks by the pool we've come up with a random competition in order to keep you occupied until it's cold and dark again.

The aim: to write an application that implements the 1971 'Star Trek' game in whatever manner you feel like. Use a technology you've never touched before. Use a technology you're an ace in. Or just use a technology that is absolutely inappropriate for the task and hand and bend it to your will.

How to Enter

Write your Star Trek™ game and post it in the Game Development section where members will be able to vote on your article. The article entries that are highest-rated by members will then be evaluated by our judges to determine the final winners.

  • Submissions must be received between the 1st of July and the 31st of August 2008 to be considered.
  • Enter as many articles as you wish
  • Each contestant is limited to winning one prize. Multiple prizes will not be awarded to the same person.
  • Your article must follow the regular article guidelines and formats
  • Your article should include screen shots and code samples
  • Your article must implement the 'Star Trek' game
  • Post your article in the Game Development section on the Code Project to automatically be entered in the contest.
  • You must specify any resources (code, concepts, research etc.) used in creating your article that were not originally produced by you.


The three highest-rated articles as determined by members and our judges' opinion will win the following prizes in descending order:

First Prize: A TechEd 2008 bag, a Code Project fleece size XL and a dozen Code Project stickers

Second Prize: A Code Project T-shirt and a dozen Code Project stickers

No substitutions are available. All decisions are final.


By entering your article in the contest you agree that The Code Project can link to your article for promotional purposes. Note that entries must be received by no later than midnight US Eastern Standard Time of August 31st, 2008.

Entries shall be deemed to be submitted by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry unless clearly indicated otherwise. "Authorized account holder" is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an internet access provider, on-line service provider, or other organization (e.g. business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.


This competition is open to software development professionals & enthusiasts who are of the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence; however, residents of Quebec and of the following countries are ineligible to participate due to legal constraints: Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria. Employees (or a member of their immediate family) of The Code Project or of Microsoft or any of their affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising or promotional agencies are also ineligible to participate. Void where prohibited by law.

Determination of Winner

All entries will be posted on The Code Project website for review by members of The Code Project. In addition, all entries will be reviewed by judges appointed by The Code Project. A winner will be determined by the judges, after taking into consideration the comments and ranking of entries by members of The Code Project, on the basis of which entry best meets the judging criteria set forth below.

Judging criteria include:

  • Article Rank and popularity on The Code Project
  • How tightly an entry adheres to the conditions of entry, including article focus and scope
  • Broad applicability to a wide variety of developers
  • Overall article quality, coherence, and structure

Conditions of Entry | Current winners list

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