2016 UKIEPC Programming Competition at DCU

UKIEPC@DCU-1On Saturday 29th October, 24 undergraduate teams from 4 different Universities converged on the School of Computing, DCU, to do battle in the 4th annual UK & Ireland Programming Competition.

The UKIEPC is a sub-regional competition of the North West European Programming Competition (NWERC) and ultimately the prestigious ACM ICPC contest. This year there were over 200 teams, totaling around 550 students from 26 different universities around the UK and Ireland pitting their wits against a common problem set. Each team had to solve as many problems as possible in the shortest period of time, with time penalties added for every incorrect solution submitted.

This year, the DCU site was generously sponsored by Arista Networks, with Amazon vouchers for 2nd and 3rd placed teams and funded travel for the best placed team to attend the NWERC competition at Bath University in November.

The scoreboard looked promising after 30 minutes with University of Cambridge, Unversity of Oxford and DCU’s Vaporscript team in 1st, 2nd and 3rd places respectively with 2 problems solved each! Unfortunately it didn’t stay like that when the more difficult problem presented themselves. As is the norm in ICPC style competitions, the scoreboard is frozen for the final hour of the competition, only show pending results from competing teams.

UKEPC@DCU-2When the final results were revealed, last year’s TCD team leap frogged the Maynooth team who had held the top spot, to triumph again with an impressive 5 problems solved in the least time. The top DCU team, Vaporscript finished in 7th place with top 3 spots taken by Trinity and Maynooth.

  • 1st Place Team - TCD - ‘ill_overflow_ur_NaN_m8’ (Owen Shepherd, Oisin Carroll, David Phillips)
  • 2nd Place Team - Maynooth - ‘Bits Please’ (Eoin Davey, Maciej Goszczycki, Shaheer Ahmad)
  • 3rd Place Team - TCD - ‘Here_for_Pizza!’ (Luke Lau, Arne Philipeit)

The full 2016 problem set with solutions slides can be found here: http://bit.ly/ukiepc16files

UKIEPC site: http://ukiepc.info/2016/

More photos of the event at DCU at be seen here: http://www.computing.dcu.ie/image-galleries/ukiepc-2016

Final Irish scoreboard below. Full scoreboard available at: https://domjudge.bath.ac.uk/domjudge/public/

Final 2016 Irish UKIEPC Scoreboard