Code Jams: FAQ

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General

General questions about the jam itself, and how we manage it

When will we be given the task?

The full task is never revealed before the code jam starts. We announce some initial information about the code jam, long before we expect teams to start working - but we will not provide any extra information on it prior to the start of the jam. This is to prevent teams from working on their projects before the jam starts.

What do I do when the jam starts?

When the jam starts, the first thing you need to do is set up your repository. For information on how to do this, please see our guide to using GitLab.

What happens if one of my team-mates doesn't show up or disappears?

For any issues related to the attendance of your team-mates - or any other issues - feel free to contact a member of staff directly. However, please remember that everyone has a life outside of the community - be mindful of the possibility that something urgent might have come up, and make sure you review the chat logs in your team's group chat before contacting staff about it.

I missed the signup date - can I compete?

No, sorry. We make sure we give ample time for everyone to sign up - if you missed the deadline, you'll have to wait until the next code jam. That said, code jams are a spectator sport and there's plenty of things you can do to keep yourself involved:

  • Attempt the code jam task on your own, in your own time

  • Keep an eye on the discussion channel for the current code jam

  • Watch the official Twitch stream, hosted by Runew0lf

Judging

How does judging work?

This is such a common question that we created an entire article for it!

Can I apply to be a judge?

No, sorry. Currently our judges are all members of staff, encompassing everyone on the team - from the Moderators, Admins and Owners.