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31st Annual Programming Contest
Contest Environment

The contest will be conducted on iMac OS X workstations. Programming problems will be solved and tested using each team's choice of:

  1. Java using JDK 1.8 and the Eclipse IDE
  2. C++ using XCode 9 (g++ compiler)
  3. C# using Visual Studio for Mac
  4. Python using version 3.6
A pair of networked laser printers will be available for producing hard copies of programming solutions.

The practice session on Friday night at 6:30 (in conjunction with the pizza party) will demonstrate basic techniques of the operating system and the compilers. However, it is expected that the participating teams will have some familiarity with their chosen environment.


Each team will be assigned an ID number and a computer. All of the computers to be used for the contest are located in the computer lab (Riley 201-203). The work area for team members who are not currently working on the computer will be Riley 204. The judging area will be Riley 202. There will be seven judges. An awards ceremony will be held at 1:30 PM in the Watkins Room of the University Center.

Friday Check-In

Each team sponsor and their team members must check in on Friday evening by 6:00 PM in Riley Hall 204. A 45 minute practice session and tutorial using the contest software will follow. (As will a pizza party.) The contest on Saturday morning will start with a fifteen minute information session at 9:45 AM for all team members in the student work area.

Problem Submissions:

All teams will be given the same six problems to solve at the outset of the contest. The problems may be solved in any order.


An awards ceremony will be held during the conference wrap -up session at 1:30 PM in the Watkins Room of the University Center. The top ten teams will be recognized at that time, and receive certificates. An engraved plaque for the top two teams will be mailed at a later date. Depending upon the level of local sponsorship, additional prizes may be awarded on site. These will be disbursed starting with the top team and continuing as long as prizes are available.

Meal Info

A buffet lunch will be provided for all contestants in Riley 204.

In addition, all participants are cordially invited to a pizza party on Friday, November 3. This event will take place in Riley Hall, and will run from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (overlapping with the conference banquet). Drop in any time. The last batch of pizzas is scheduled to be delivered at 7:30.