AWS BugBust Challenge Underway In World Guinness Record Attempt
Written by Sue Gee   
Tuesday, 30 November 2021

As part of its annual re:Invent conference, Amazon Web Services (AWS) is running a BugBust Challenge.  Java and Python developers of all skill levels, can compete to fix as many software bugs as possible to earn points and climb the global leaderboard.

The challenge is open to registered attendees of re:Invent across the globe who are participating virtually and tor those present on site who can access the BugBust Hub in the re:Invent expo. It runs from 10AM PST on November 29, 2021 to 2PM PST on December 2, 2021 and contestants are challenged to fix as many bugs as possible or improve the performance of a profiling group. For each bug fixed, points are awarded based on the complexity of the bug.  A live leaderboard is tracking each participant’s progress, showing the number of bugs fixed and the points received. At the top of the leaderboard we can expect to find the top 10 BugBusters from the AWS BugBust announced by Amazon's CTO Werner Vogelsback in June who, as we reported, were going to win an expenses paid-trip to attend AWS re:Invent 2021, happening now in Las Vegas.

Also updated in realtime to show the number of bugs fixed and the number of developers involved is the AWS BugJar which estimates the dollars saved as a result.  At the time of writing, five and a half hours after the BusBust start, over $3 Million has already accumulated.


As participants fix bugs, they become part of an attempt to set the record for the largest code fixing challenge with Guinness World Records. All participants who contribute towards setting the record for the world’s largest code fixing challenge, by fixing even one bug, will receive an exclusive certificate from AWS and Guinness to commemorate their participation.

Prizes, which range from hoodies and fly swatters to Amazon Echo Dots, will be awarded to participants who meet certain milestones in the challenge. There’s also the coveted title of “Ultimate AWS BugBuster” accompanied by a cash prize of $1,500 for earning the most points by squashing bugs during the event.

Announcing the event, Amazon states:

AWS BugBust provides an easy and fun solution to transform bug bashes, foster team building, and bring friendly competition to improve code quality and application performance.

Amazon is again using the BugBust to introduce and promote CodeGuru, its machine learning-based tool for identifying potential security vulnerabilities, to developers.  AWS BugBust is utilizing Amazon CodeGuru Reviewer and Amazon CodeGuru Profiler to automatically scan code to weed out gnarly bugs and to gamify fixing and eliminating them.


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