FAQ

Who can participate?

BattleSnake is for programmers of all skill levels, including novices. Teams typically consist of 2-5 people, but individuals are welcome to sign up and compete solo. If you're looking for a team to join, we will do our best to accommodate everyone at registration during the event.

 

What should I do to prepare before the event?

Bring your own laptop, and come prepared with Github and Heroku accounts already set up. Check out the Resources section for everything you need to be successful. Make sure your team arrives prepared!

 

Can I get help building my snake?

We offer two tutorials for beginners. One will be at the University of Victoria and the other at the Sendwithus office downtown. Dates will be announced as the event draws a bit closer, so check back soon.

On the day of the event, there will be a designated area with volunteer developers available to answer programming or debugging questions. There will also be developer volunteers roaming around to assist teams. Depending on the number of volunteers, we may attach mentor developers to individual beginner teams.

 

How much does it cost to register as a participant?

Registration is free! It’s important to us that BattleSnake remains free so everyone can participate. We rely on the generosity of our sponsors to make that happen.

 

What is included in registration?

Registration includes lunch and event swag. Only the first 100 participants to check-in at the event will receive a t-shirt this year, so make sure to be on time!

 

How many people participate in BattleSnake?

Last year over 450 developers participated in BattleSnake. We expect to see even more this year!

 

What is a Bounty Snake?

Bounty Snakes provide a chance to test your AI and win prizes throughout the day. These challenging Snake AIs are created by our sponsors, and won't go down easy. At any time during the day, registrants can visit our sponsors and try to defeat the Bounty Snake to collect a prize. 

 

How can I get involved?

It takes a lot of hands to make this event happen on the day-of. If you’d like to volunteer, thank you! Just drop us an email at battlesnake@sendwithus.com and we’ll be in touch to let you know how you can help.
 

My company is interested in sponsorship. Who should I reach out to?

Contact us at battlesnake@sendwithus.com and we’ll get you the details. We would love to have you involved.

 

Is this event for-profit?

BattleSnake is a non-profit event. All sponsorship goes towards the venue, catering, and those little details that make BattleSnake such a great place to connect with developers from across the Pacific Northwest.