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 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.
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.
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.