Nathan Bronson is a Duke graduate and now runs his own company. Of 256 contestants in the TopCoder programming contest, Bronson came in third and brought home $25,000.
Programmers are trying to gain the same respect as professionals like doctors or attorneys. This contest determines the best of the best.
"The idea is to actually have an objective way of testing to see whether or not the people are good programmers and to try to differentiate them," Bronson said.
The $100,000 winner was a junior at Stanford University.
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