February 19, 2022

SAOC 2021 ended on January 15th. Only two participants made it to the fourth milestone this year: Teodor Dutu (replace DRuntime hooks with templates) and Luís Ferreira (LLDB integration with D).

We had an unusual result with from the judges this time. Two of them split, and the third couldn't decide which way to go to break the tie. So he proposed and alternative solution.
The proposal required approval from Laeeth Ishaarc at Symmetry, so the decision was delayed for a bit. It came in two days ago. The participants have been notified, and I can now make the announcement.

Congratulations to both Teodor and Luís! Each of them will receive a final $1000 payment and a free trip to DConf '22. They both intend to continue with their projects. For Teodor, it's part of his dissertation project, and Luís will work on his project in his free time. I look forward to meeting them both in London.

There are two other recipients of DConf trips we can all meet in London. Roberto Romaninho (SAOC 2019), who was booked and ready to go before having DConf 2020 pulled out from under him, will be joining us, as will Robert Aron (SAOC 2020).

Thanks to Symmetry Investments for making all of this happen, the SAOC judges (John Colvin, Atila Neves, and Robert Schadek) for setting aside time to evaluate milestone reports, and to Laeeth Ishaarc for his generous decision to allow two diligent programmers a free trip to DConf.

I think this may call for raising a class or two at the real BeerConf.