About The Contest

The first ever Olympiad of Misguided Geeks contest at Worse Than Failure (or OMGWTF for short) is a new kind of programming contest. Readers are invited to be creative with devising a calculator with the craziest code they can write. One lucky and potentially insane winner will get either a brand new MacBook Pro or comparable Sony VAIO laptop.



The Judges

We've asked some of our favorite bloggers to help judge the contest. After the submission deadline has passed, we will send them a handful of the best submissions. And from there, they’ll pick the winners.

Joel Spolsky

Joel Spolsky is a software developer in New York City. Since 2000, he's been writing about software development, management, business, and the Internet on Joel On Software. For his day job, he runs Fog Creek Software, makers of FogBugz - the smart bug tracking software with the stupid name, and Fog Creek Copilot - the easiest way to provide remote tech support over the Internet, with nothing to install or configure.

Raymond Chen

Raymond Chen is a well-known developer on the Windows Shell team at Microsoft. Since joining Microsoft in 1992, Chen has worked on OS/2, Windows 95, DirectX, and later versions of Windows. Outside of Microsoft, he is known for his articles on Windows programming. He is a popular speaker at Microsoft PDCs and other conferences. He is also known for his dry humor, and his custom of wearing suits at work.

Jeremy Zawodny

Jeremy Zawodny is currently an employee of Yahoo! in the platform engineering group. He has been described as "Yahoo!'s MySQL guru". He maintains a popular weblog focused on Yahoo! initiatives, which is listed in CNET News.com's index of the 100 best technology-related blogs. According to CNET, Zawodny has "helped put MySQL and other open-source technologies to use".