Robocode is an educational game created by IBM. Its aim is to help people learn how to program in a fun environment. You program a tank robot (also known as a bot) and the object of the game is to make your robot destroy the other robots on the battlefield. Robocode is easy to use - a simple robot can be written in just a few minutes - but perfecting a bot can take a long time!
Every year there is a national Robocode Competition that pits robots from participating third level institutes against each other in a bid to crown a winner. The competition winners receive prizes such as mobile phones, laptops and the Robocode Shield. In Maynooth University if there is more than one team interested in entering the national competition, there is an internal competition held to determine which entry will be put forward to represent Maynooth.