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Hackers Descend on EA

This past weekend, EA Digital Platform hosted its first-ever Hackathon bringing together employees and local engineering talent for a communal, web-based coding competition that pitted teams against each other to solve various programming challenges, all entwined within a science fiction narrative. It was light on the algorithmic brain teasers, heavy on the coding, with skill-sets that ranged from Java/J2EE and Python to HTML5 and MySQL.

Teams gathered in the early morning at our Redwood Shores campus to kick off the competition and there was a team quite early on who demonstrated themselves as the team to beat. They cleaned the prize table for most of the event, but just when you thought it might be a clean sweep, the tide started to turn and another team had a major comeback.

With big prizes on the line, there was a "photo finish" to determine the winner as a different team grabbed the grand prize and demonstrated in their victory that you just never know which way an event like this will end! The Elementalists took home the big prize of a lunch with our CTO Rajat Taneja, $1,000 in cash each and a selection of EA games. After running around and sharing some high-fives, other high scoring teams were awarded their prizes for the competition.

Check out this video and photos from the event!


Photo Credit: Scott Pereira

Comments (8)

  1. +2 0
    **** I just read Hack and thought you got your *** ****** for the SimCity *** **** still going on with your customer
    Mar 25, 2013
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    I want delete my count.
    Mar 25, 2013
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  3. +2 0
    My name is Song Zheng and I had the pleasure of attending this hackathon and our team came in second place. During this hackathon, we had to build a game from scratch with step by step challenges. This is definitely one of the most epic hackathons I've been to. Thanks EA!
    Mar 25, 2013
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    You guys have outside hackers hacking Need For Speed World that are smarter than your team. After a patch that takes 5 hours to do they take only 45 minutes to get the in game hacks up on the web to those that want them. Address the issue please!!!!!!
    Mar 25, 2013
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    not to blame the cheaters cuz Nees for speed.. has been promoting it in every game,I remember using pioneer and fzr2000 cheats in need for speed 2se for speed and when the habit of cheats has been developed, why stop the hacks?...if they wanted a cheat free system they should hv been stopped frm the beginning :)
    Mar 26, 2013
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    Hallo Liebes EA Team Hier ist Race344 ich bin ja bei der SPC Abt.EA Gangster671 hat mir es vorgeschlagen ich bin ja auch auf hacker suche wenn ich einen gefunden habe gebe ich es an gangster671 weiter . Mit freundlichen Grüssen Race344
    Apr 10, 2013
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  7. 0 0
    Could we get the hackers to hack SimCity so that it, you know, works?
    Apr 20, 2013
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    You can take it with you in the future you would like to join me to the wonderful `Are
    Jul 15, 2013
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