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37th Annual Programming Contest
Contest Environment

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

  1. Python using the PyCharm IDE (Reference:
  2. Java using the IntelliJ IDE (Reference: Java Tutorial, Java API)
  3. C++ using the VS Code IDE (Note for those who care: Uses gnu compiler switches -std=c++17 -O2; Reference:,
  4. C# using the VS Code IDE (Reference: , .NET Standard Library)

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 (Penny Hall). The work area for team members who are not currently working on the computer will be any classroom on Penny Hall 2nd floor. The judging area will be Penny Hall 241. An awards ceremony will be held at 1:30 PM in TBD.

Friday Check-In

A drop-in practice round with two problems will be held from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM in Penny Hall 2nd floor (PENN 239 and 240). Each team member will have a chance to get familiar with their contest machine and submission software. (In addition, pizza will be served around 7 PM.) 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 box lunch will be provided for all contestants near the student work area in Penny Hall.

In addition, all participants are cordially invited to a pizza party on Friday, November 3. This event will take place in Penny Hall 1st floor, and will run from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (overlapping with the conference banquet). Drop in any time.