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Oct. 23, 2017 12:44 pm

Harvard dropout from Louisiana wins OpenBracket 2017

Delaware's largest coding competition just finished its second successful year. Congrats to Scott Wu, who took home $10,000.
Scott Wu hoists the OpenBracket trophy.

Scott Wu hoists the OpenBracket trophy.

(Photo by Holly Quinn)

Full disclosure: Technical.ly is an organizing partner of OpenBracket.

There really couldn’t be a better place the The Queen for OpenBracket, the top-flight coding competition that brought coders from all over the country to Wilmington for a weekend of competitive problem solving.

As a spectator sport, coding involves a lot of silence and watching people on laptops — but The Queen gives it all a cool, clubby atmosphere (well, it is a music venue). This year, The Queen was the sole venue for the competition (last year, The Grand was also utilized), and it was every coder for themselves, in contrast to last year’s team coding.

Competitors were given coding problems to solve within a time limit, similar to the challenges on HackerRank.com, the platform used for the live competition.

Coming out on top and taking the $10,000 prize was Scott Wu from Louisiana. Last year, Wu was a Harvard student — he’s an ex-Harvard student now — who was on the team that came in second, Recommendations Event Discovery Tool.

The corporate award went to Barclaycard. Douglas Pierce, the company’s Enterprise Architect, took home the hardware:

Barclaycard takes home the corporate prize. (Photo by Holly Quinn)

Barclaycard takes home the corporate prize. (Photo by Holly Quinn)

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Did I say ambiance?

Gov. John Carney kicked things off and stayed on-brand, using the opportunity to woo out-of-town coders with #OptionsInDelaware.

It wasn’t all quiet and coding — after Saturday’s competition for the finals, there was networking, drinks and entertainment from Will Wood & The Tapeworms.

Sunday morning was intense, with the final round.

Emcee Tariq Hook of Zip Code Delaware announcing the winners:

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