Welcome To The 2016
Canadian Smalltalk Competition
Regrettably, we were unable to raise the money for the scholarship prizes. Consequently, the competition cannot proceed. We thank you for all your interest.
We are proud to present the 2016 Canadian Smalltalk Competition. It is open to all Canadian secondary school students. Also known as the James Robertson Memorial, this contest honours one of the great names in the Smalltalk industry. James Robertson was a tireless promoter of the language and we shall forever be grateful for his contributions.
This is a team event. Students will form their own teams of up to four. Teams must register at this website no later than Friday, October 30, 2015.
The rules for the competition will be published on Friday, January 8, 2016. On this day, the competition begins.
The competition will consist of five rounds. Each subsequent round will have a slight change to the rules to increase difficulty. The rules pertain to a game of strategy.
Each round must be completed and submitted on the Friday two weeks later. For example, the deadline for Round 1 will be Friday, January 22, 2016. Only the final round is the prize-winning round; the earlier preliminary rounds lead up to this. The competition ends on Friday, March 18, 2016.
It is expected that in the months preceding the contest (since this announcement in September), you will have downloaded, installed, and learned the Smalltalk language and its programming environment on your own time. A special Cincom VisualWorks Smalltalk image customized for the competition has been created; download it from here. Documentation for Cincom VisualWorks is available here. These VisualWorks tutorials will help you get started. Nevertheless, we have prepared special tutorial videos specific to the contest that you should find most helpful; watch them on YouTube here.
This online interactive tutorial is a very gentle introduction to Smalltalk, if you need it.
The scholarship prizes, applicable to the college or university of your choice, are as follows:
- First Prize – $4,500 to the team (e.g., 4 x $1,125)
- Second Prize – $3,500 to the team (e.g., 4 x $875)
- Third Prize – $2,500 to the team (e.g., 4 x $625)