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SWERC 2017 (South-Western Europe Regional Contest) is a prestigious international programming contest organised with the support of the scientific organisation ACM (Association for Computing Machinery)  by researchers from Télécom ParisTech and from École Normale Supérieure .

The 2017 edition of the ACM-ICPC-SWERC programming contest ended with the victory of a team from ENS Ulm Paris, followed closely by a team from ETH Zürich. These two teams will represent Southwestern Europe at the World Finals, to be held in Beijing next April. With 76 teams registered and 228 students from 48 universities, the 2017 edition broke participation records. The contestants competed on eleven problems and received one balloon for each solved exercise. More than 300 balloons were distributed.

SWERC 2017 was organized on Nov. 25-26 by Télécom ParisTech and Ecole normale supérieure. The contest was supported by the ICPC Foundation, Criteo Labs, Palantir, Société Générale (Gold sponsors), Télécom ParisTech and Almerys (Silver sponsors), Google and Inria (Bronze sponsors).

The ICPC, an old, extensive and prestigious contest

The ICPC international competitive programming contest has taken place annually since 1977. It promotes creativity, working as a team and innovation to solve algorithmic problems and to write computer code. It allows students to test their ability to give the best of themselves under pressure. In 2017, 46,381 students competed worldwide in regional selection stages such as the SWERC.

A battle of brains

Each team must solve as many algorithmic problems as possible in 5 hours by producing computer code which completely resolves the problem. Any solution put forward is instantly either validated or rejected by an automated online judging system. Teams must not only be organised and skilled at coding, but also use powerful mathematical reasoning because not all approaches are correct and only the fastest are validated.

The participants

Competitors must present themselves in a team of three students. They represent the elite of their own university or school (in south-western Europe and Israel) and are selected in advance by their own institution.