2004 IBM HackFest Winner Announced

ADELAIDE, January 19, 2004 -- Geoffrey D. Bennett, of NetCraft Australia, was announced the winner of the 2004 IBM HackFest, and will receive an IBM pSeries desk-side server with a retail value of over A$39,000.

The aim of the HackFest was to develop a program that used artificial intelligence techniques to play a networked version of the popular game "Tetris". The programs, referred to as "bots", played against each other in a tournament overnight. Geoffrey's bot, named "Beth", was awarded the prize because it won the tournament, used innovative algorithms, and was well documented.

The organisers would like to congratulate Geoffrey for his efforts, and thank IBM for sponsoring the competition and providing the prize. was held at the University of Adelaide from January 12-17 2004. More information can be found at

IBM was the Penguin Sponsor of 2004.

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