Press release, 25th October, 2018
ICPC competitive programming contest Southwestern Europe Regional Contest
Fifty of the best European universities will come together in December for a competition which will crown the champion of competitive programming in south-western Europe (France, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland). More than 80 university teams, made up of three students and a coach, are expected to take part. The best teams from each region in the world will meet in April in Porto to compete for the title of world champion. The competition is organised by three faculty members from the two French engineering schools Télécom ParisTech and École Normale Supérieure, and this year will be hosted once again at Télécom ParisTech.
Students from Europe who are passionate about computers and mathematics will meet at Télécom ParisTech which has become a benchmark for its expertise in algorithmics, and in which problem-based teaching and modelling play a significant role, just as they would in the students' future professional lives. Its credo is to motivate these students not to be content with just good solutions, but to strive for excellent ones!
The ICPC competitive programming contest has taken place each year since 1977. It promotes creativity, teamwork, and innovation through solving algorithmic problems and writing computer code. It allows students to test their ability to give the best of themselves under pressure. In 2017-2018, 49,935 students competed worldwide in regional selection stages such as the SWERC.
Each team must solve as many algorithmic problems as possible in five hours by writing computer code which completely resolves the problem. Each submitted solution is instantly either accepted 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 accepted.
Competitors must participate as 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.
Further Information on https://swerc.eu/