November 13, 2019 — Jesse Friedman, Software Engineer, Engine Connectivity Engineering
Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of returning as a commentator for the fourth annual Livecoding Championship, a special event held during the 2019 Wolfram Technology Conference. We had such an incredible turnout this year, with 27 total participants and 14 earning at least one point! Conference attendees and Wolfram staff competed for the title of Livecoding Champion, with seven questions (plus one tiebreaker!) challenging their speed, agility and knowledge of the Wolfram Language. It was a high-spirited battle for first place, and while I had prepared “answer key” solutions in advance, I always look forward to the creativity and cleverness that competitors demonstrate in their wide range of approaches to each question.
By popular request, in addition to revisiting the questions, I’ll walk you through how competitors reached their solutions and earned their points, as a kind of “study guide” for next year’s aspiring champions. So hold on to your keyboards—we’re going in!
November 1, 2019 — Danielle Rommel, Director of Outreach and Communications
It’s been a whirlwind week of talks, training, workshops, networking and special events, and we’ve just closed another successful Wolfram Technology Conference! The week offered a multitude of opportunities for attendees and internal staff alike to connect, learn and enjoy unique experiences one can only get in Champaign, Illinois, every October. I’m happy to provide some highlights from the week and invite you to save the date to join us next year: October 6–9, 2020.
We began this week with pre-conference training on topics from machine learning and neural networks to application building and “Computational X,” offering headquarters tours and an opening reception before the “real” conference even began. Monday’s opening keynote by CEO Stephen Wolfram covered a ton of ground, from a Version 12 recap to a roadmap of things to come. True to tradition, Stephen uncovered bugs in pre-release versions of our software, livecoded examples and gave the audience so much to look forward to.
October 28, 2019 — Sylvia Haas, Social Media Specialist, Public Relations
Today marks the start of our annual Wolfram Technology Conference. We’re looking forward to hearing about the latest innovations in computation from our Wolfram technology users! The conference is a great way to network with other users and find out what’s new at Wolfram and in our community. If you aren’t attending this year, you can still connect with the conference through our broadcast events.
April 11, 2019 — Swede White, Public Relations Manager
Every year, the U.S. Department of State sponsors a worldwide competition called Fishackathon. Its goal is to protect life in our waters by creating technological solutions to help solve problems related to fishing.
The first global competition was held in 2014 and has been growing massively every year. In 2018 the winning entry came from a five-person team from Boston, after competing against 45,000 people in 65 other cities spread across 5 continents. The participants comprised programmers, web and graphic designers, oceanographers and biologists, mathematicians, engineers and students who all worked tirelessly over the course of two days.
To find out more about the winning entry for Fishackathon in 2018 and how the Wolfram Language has helped make the seas safer, we sat down with Michael Sollami to learn more about him and his team’s solution to that year’s challenge.
November 8, 2018 — Jamie Peterson, Senior Training & Online Learning Manager, Wolfram U
Join Wolfram U for Wolfram Technology in Action: Applications & New Developments, a three-part web series showcasing innovative applications in the Wolfram Language.
Newcomers to Wolfram technology are welcome, as are longtime users wanting to see the latest functionality in the language.
November 1, 2018 — Jesse Friedman, Software Engineer, Engine Connectivity Engineering
For the third year in a row, the annual Wolfram Technology Conference played host to a new kind of esport—the Livecoding Championship. Expert programmers competed to solve challenges with the Wolfram Language, with the goal of winning the championship tournament belt and exclusive bragging rights.
This year I had the honor of composing the competition questions, in addition to serving as live commentator alongside trusty co-commentator (and Wolfram’s lead communications strategist) Swede White. You can view the entire recorded livestream of the event here—popcorn not included.
October 25, 2018 — Christopher Carlson, Senior User Interface Developer, User Interfaces
Images and machine learning were the dominant themes of submissions to the One-Liner Competition held at this year’s Wolfram Technology Conference. The competition challenges attendees to show us the most astounding things they can accomplish with 128 or fewer characters—less than one tweet—of Wolfram Language code. And astound us they did. Read on to see how.
October 23, 2018 — Swede White, Public Relations Manager
Last week, Wolfram hosted individuals from across the globe at our annual Wolfram Technology Conference. This year we had a packed program of talks, training, and networking and dining events, while attendees got to see firsthand what’s new and what’s coming in the Wolfram tech stack from developers, our power users and Stephen Wolfram himself.
October 16, 2018 — Danielle Rommel, Director of Outreach and Communications
Join us Wednesday, October 17, 2018, from 9:30–11:30pm CT for an exciting adventure in livecoding! During our annual Wolfram Technology Conference, we put our internal experts and guests to the test. Coding questions ranging from physics to pop culture, image processing to visualizations, and all other things challenging will be posed to participants live.
Who will take home the trophy belt this year? A senior developer from our Machine Learning group? A high-school kid with serious coding chops? You? Now in its third year, the Wolfram Livecoding Championship promises to be bigger and better than ever. The event is concurrently livestreamed on Twitch and YouTube Live, so if you’re not able to be here in person, we’d love to see you on the stream. The livestream will also be available on Stephen Wolfram’s Twitch channel, with a special livestreamed introduction from Stephen himself. See last year’s competition and get a taste of what the event has to offer:
New this year will be running commentary on competitors’ progress as they each take their own unique approach to problem solving, highlighting the depth and breadth of possibilities in the Wolfram Language.
Stay tuned for more competitions, and we hope to see you there!
August 30, 2018 — Chapin Langenheim, Editor & Web Project Coordinator, Project Management
Teachers, professors, parents-as-teachers—to ease the transition into the fall semester, we’ve compiled some of our favorite Wolfram resources for educators! We appreciate everything you do, and we hope you find this cornucopia of computation useful.