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37th Annual Programming Contest
Contest Environment

Programming problems will be solved and tested using each team's choice of:

  1. C# (Reference: C# Guide, .NET Standard Library)
  2. C++ (Note for those who care: Uses gnu compiler switches -std=c++17 -O2; Reference:,
  3. Java 11 (Reference: Java Tutorial, Java API)
  4. Python 3.8 (Reference:

The practice session on Friday night at 6:00 will demonstrate basic logistics of the conference. It is especially important to attend this session to be familiar with the fully virtual environment this year.


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 labs (TBD). The work area for team members who are not currently working on the computer will be TBD. The judging area will be TBD. An awards ceremony will be held at 1:30 PM in TBD.

Friday Check-In

Each team sponsor and their team members must check in on Friday evening by 6:00 PM in TBD. Each team member can pick up their nametag at this time. 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 problem set 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 TBD. The top ten teams will be recognized at that time. Certificates and 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. 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 TBD.

In addition, all participants are cordially invited to a pizza party on Friday, November 3. This event will take place in TBD, 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.