Student teams from each designated site simultaneously
competed during a five-hour period to solve programming problems
using software programming languages C, C++, or Java. Teams
were ranked according to the most problems solved, with ties
broken by time and by the number of incorrect problem submissions.
HPU took first and third place honors for Hawai‘i, while
BYU-H took second place. The winners from the other two sites
were the University of British Columbia and Stanford University.
More than 10,000 students from more than 60 countries on six
continents competed in the event which, according to Dr. Curt
Powley, HPU organizer and assistant professor of computer science,
was a great way for computer science students to elevate their
educational experience and develop real-world skills by competing
against peers from other universities.
When participating in events like this [students] learn to become
better programmers, increase knowledge of theories required to
solve problems, learn teamwork and leadership skills, and gain
confidence,” said Powley.
Regional contests are held each fall. Qualifying teams compete
in the world finals the following spring.