Fourth SICSA Programming Challenge “humble Hamming”

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Date(s) - 25/01/2023
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

As part in a series of SICSA Programming Challenges that started in 2020 and featured up to 100 contestants from at least 5 different Scottish universities, we will be running another SICSA-wide challenge next week.

NOTE: The Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA) is funding Amazon voucher PRIZES of 100 GBP
for the winner and 50 GBP for the 2nd and 3rd place!

This programming challenge is a chance to hone your coding skills, and is also a fun exercise and a way to compete with your mates.

This programming challenge will be an opportunity for you to test and exercise your programming skills, which will be useful in preparing for this term. It will consist of a sequence of programming tasks that are posted through OpenKattis. Each successfully solved problem will gain you points, and the overall highest scoring student will be the winner of the challenge. Participation is open for all under-graduate and taught post-graduate students from Scottish universities.

To register for the event, you just need to sign-up to the OpenKattis platform, and then sign-up to the SICSA Programming Challenge contest on OpenKattis (see below) once the contest is online (ca Mon 23/01). Before it opens Wed 2pm, I’d encourage you to take a look at the web page below and use the screencast below we prepared in order to get familiar with the system. You can pick just any of the problems there and do a submission (outside a contest) so that you know the setup of the programming challenge.

The platform we are using is OpenKattis and we have put together a screencast about basic OpenKattis usage (on MS Stream):

This screencast is also openly available as embedded video on this info page about the SICSA Programming Challenges:

Take a look at these, before the programming contest opens! I’ll send out details with a direct link to the contest, and links to a Zoom or Teams mtg room for questions on the challenge early next week.

Happy hacking!

For any queries regarding this event, please contact the organiser Hans-Wolfgang Loidl.


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