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Students build video game in computer programming competition
Friday, October 18, 2013

Students build video game in computer programming competition

SUNY Fredonia programming team.

On Oct. 12 to 13, six students from the Department of Computer and Information Sciences participated in the programming competition HackUpstate, sponsored by Syracuse University and SUNY Oswego, and hosted at the Syracuse Technology Garden.

The goal of the competition was to build the best product possible in only 24 hours and then give a presentation describing the product. Students from nine colleges, including SUNY Fredonia, attended as well as many professionals from various corporations. The New York State Chief Technology Officer attended all the presentations given during the event.

In 24 hours SUNY Fredonia students Aaron Chan, Daniel Coffaro, Nicholas Freville, Jason Guy, Jeffrey Swift, and Robert Szkutak built a web-based video game in HTML5, CSS, and Javascript. They wrote tools to help them develop the algorithms of the game in C++. They also used PHP code hosted on the department student server Pizza to have the game send a text message to the cell phone of the person playing the game.

The team presentation is available at More information about the contest is available at

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