The championship is decided by the total score of 10 runs of the game. You're up, then down, then up again. You've never been so on edge in your life.
Up until now, for most competitions, you have local competitions, often spread out over several weekends.
This upcoming January will see the first intercollegiate programming code war, with multiple teams competing from most of the top computer science colleges in the country.
It's 10:00 am on the first Saturday of school at University of Colorado. No projects have been assigned yet. No significant homework. So why do we have 24 C.S. students in the Computer Science Engineering Lab?