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And the Winners Are…

April 25, 2011 — Christopher Carlson, Senior User Interface Developer, User Interfaces

Wolfram Demonstrations Challenge

The Wolfram Demonstrations Challenge has run its course, and you have participated in droves. It’s time to pick the winners.

We do things our own way at Wolfram Research. We don’t pull slips of paper from a hat or ping-pong balls from a barrel for prize drawings. We write Mathematica programs to tell us who the winners are. Of course.

I wrote the program, but not wanting to expose myself to accusations of improperly influencing my laptop, I didn’t run it myself. Stephen Wolfram did and sent me the results.

And the winners are…

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Demonstrations Challenge winners

Congratulations Andrew VanZwieten, our grand prize winner! A copy of Mathematica Professional and a $300 ThinkGeek gift card are on their way to you. And congratulations to HÃ¥kon Gabrielsen, William Rummler, and Mike Von Stein, who will each receive $100 ThinkGeek gift cards. We also congratulate the first 100 people who submitted correct entries; their mailboxes will soon be graced with paper Spikey sculpture kits.

Mathematica and ThinkGeek prizes

Thank you one and all for participating. We hope the Challenge has helped you to discover the joys of Demonstrations. We apologize if your afternoons are now lost to running radial engines and exploring guilloché patterns.

Due to the overwhelming response, we are considering running another Demonstrations Challenge. To be the first to know when the next contest launches, click this button:

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One Comment

Nasser M. Abbasi


Where can one go see the challenge itself? i.e. the question and see the answers?

btw, the link you have above under the word “Mathematica” sends one to a 4 years old blog web page. Are you sure that what you meant?


Posted by Nasser M. Abbasi    May 26, 2011 at 9:48 pm

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