Requesting Ideas for CodeChef Open Source Project

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Carrot Cakes,

Our primary goal at CodeChef has always been to help students and professionals become better programmers.  While algorithmic problem solving certainly helps, we feel like we can do a lot more.  We’ve tried to expand our reach by holding Tech Talks and Meet-ups as well as instituting campus chapters, the wiki and chat.  Now we’re excited to announce our next idea.  In our most recent poll we asked if any of you participate in an Open Source project, the large majority of people indicated that they currently do not but are interested in doing so.  We’d like to leverage your enthusiasm, start our own open source project and ask all of you to contribute.

We’d like to do a project that helps the wider community.  We came across this article and really liked the concept:

NIIT Limited on the occasion of the World Computer Literacy Day (WCLD) 2005 is planning to set up computer literacy kiosks in 20 locations spread over the rural areas of the country and to train 20,000 village children free of cost…

… computers are installed for unsupervised use of children in slums and impoverished locations to show that irrespective of the socio-economic background children learn to use computers by themselves if provided with the right kind of infrastructure.

While we have a few ideas of our own, we’d love to hear what cool concepts you can come up with.  Let’s all work together to create a project that can really help people.  Please share your thoughts with us in the comment section below… let the brainstorming begin…

Cheers,
Amit

35 Replies to “Requesting Ideas for CodeChef Open Source Project”

  1. Location based content listing is the concept that can read the current location built on location based services. Here we intend to implement location based services for using with the organizer of a JAVA enabled mobile phone.The organizer will display the details stored in the mobile phone which are specific to that location. The basic idea of the project is to create an application for mobile phones which displays the contents like address book,details of contacts, reminders etc based on the location in which we are currently based. for example, if i am in a place 'abc city', when i use this application, the details of t contacts present in 'abc city' in my phone have to be displayed. And when i move to another location say 'xyz city' then the details of contacts present in 'xyz city' has to be displayed. One can also view the list of works to be done at that particular location. We would like to know if the project can be done as a mobile application using JAVA or if Symbian has to be used. Also, since all these features can be easily obtained using GPS, we want to create an application which does not use GPS.

  2. Location based content listing is the concept that can read the current location built on location based services. Here we intend to implement location based services for using with the organizer of a JAVA enabled mobile phone.The organizer will display the details stored in the mobile phone which are specific to that location.

    The basic idea of the project is to create an application for mobile phones which displays the contents like address book,details of contacts, reminders etc based on the location in which we are currently based. for example, if i am in a place 'abc city', when i use this application, the details of t contacts present in 'abc city' in my phone have to be displayed. And when i move to another location say 'xyz city' then the details of contacts present in 'xyz city' has to be displayed. One can also view the list of works to be done at that particular location.

    We would like to know if the project can be done as a mobile application using JAVA or if Symbian has to be used. Also, since all these features can be easily obtained using GPS, we want to create an application which does not use GPS.

  3. If an open source alternative were there, there would be one stable distribution that can be downloaded and run on any campus intranet. Writing secure code is time consuming and requires the communitiy. I guess Mooshak is a good open source one. Looks are bad but can be customized though 🙂

  4. If an open source alternative were there, there would be one stable distribution that can be downloaded and run on any campus intranet. Writing secure code is time consuming and requires the communitiy. I guess Mooshak is a good open source one. Looks are bad but can be customized though 🙂

  5. I think conducting a good contest just doesn't depend on having good online judge software, you need lots of external configuration, network related things. I believe if you can host a contest on SPOJ, why would you want to host it on your own servers. Least configuration is involved and your contest is up and running :).

  6. I think conducting a good contest just doesn't depend on having good online judge software, you need lots of external configuration, network related things. I believe if you can host a contest on SPOJ, why would you want to host it on your own servers. Least configuration is involved and your contest is up and running :).

  7. Well, a good algorithm tutor which serves the interest of the user might be a good one. For Eg. For all problem types, graphically show how the algo works for some sample problems, then get the user to solve additional problems of same type and varying difficulty( maybe within the app or on other OJ's). Show comprehensive statistics on which areas the user needs to improve(can be a pop up on start). Also can connect to a central server for updates on latest programming contests/problems which can be fed dynamically. The perfomance in the contests can be updated by the user, which can show his temporal improvement in perfomance. The app should be platform independent.Just an Idea 🙂

  8. Well, a good algorithm tutor which serves the interest of the user might be a good one. For Eg. For all problem types, graphically show how the algo works for some sample problems, then get the user to solve additional problems of same type and varying difficulty( maybe within the app or on other OJ's). Show comprehensive statistics on which areas the user needs to improve(can be a pop up on start). Also can connect to a central server for updates on latest programming contests/problems which can be fed dynamically. The perfomance in the contests can be updated by the user, which can show his temporal improvement in perfomance. The app should be platform independent.
    Just an Idea 🙂

  9. I think people are completely diverting from the issue we need to make a project that can really help people. Recently there was a project from MIT named Sikuli ( groups.csail.mit.edu/uid/sikuli ) this sikuli helps in visual programming for general tasks like configuration and administration. what we need in this scenario is a frame work like this where we can create scripts that helps small children learn specific tasks in unsupervised conditions. say for example we create a script that gives a frame of how to use the Microsoft office

  10. I think people are completely diverting from the issue we need to make a project that can really help people. Recently there was a project from MIT named Sikuli ( groups.csail.mit.edu/uid/sikuli ) this sikuli helps in visual programming for general tasks like configuration and administration. what we need in this scenario is a frame work like this where we can create scripts that helps small children learn specific tasks in unsupervised conditions. say for example we create a script that gives a frame of how to use the Microsoft office

  11. Hello , Has this initiative culminated into anything . Its a 3 year old thread . I am new to CodeChef , and really love it . I think an open source project of educational value to underprivileged , whatever it is , would be a superb idea .

    Hope this thread gets revived . Lets do some brainstorming .

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