IEEEXtreme Student Contest
Written by Sue Gee   
Tuesday, 12 May 2015

The date of this year's IEEEXtreme, a global 24-hour programming challenge for student members of the IEEE, has been announced. It will take place on October 24.


This year's competition is the ninth in an annual series in which teams of up to three IEEE Student members, supported by an IEEE Student Branch, advised and proctored by an IEEE member, compete in a 24-hour time span against each other to solve a set of programming problems. 

The competition was created with the following objectives:
  • Provide IEEE Student Members with a new and interesting activity

  • Give IEEE Student Members a challenge to embrace team work - an important skill to develop for career success

  • Increase the number of IEEE Student activities with a focus on the computer, programming and information technology fields 

The first competition, in 2006 attracted 47 teams with 150 participants. The next time it was held, in 2008, the numbers more than tripled and last year saw over 1,700 teams take part and involved more than 5,000 student competitors from countries around the world.

The winners and prizes for last year's competition were:

  • Grand-prize winner -  viRUs from Reykjavik University of Iceland. Each team member received an expenses-paid trip to an IEEE conference of their choice, anywhere around the world.

  • Second-place winner - WhySoConcrete from New York University, USA. Each team member received an iPad, courtesy of the IEEE Computer Society.

  • The third-place winner was oops from University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. Each team member received an iPad mini, courtesy of the IEEE Computer Society.


Teams of up to three student IEEE members will receive this year's set of programming problems at 0:00 GMT on October 24. All teams receive the same problems to solve and are expected to solve the problems without direct outside consultation. Teams don’t need to tackle every problem, but the more they solve, the more points they score. Registration for the contest will open in September.

Student membership of the IEEE costs $32 per year in the United States and $27 in Latin America, Africa, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Pacific regions. Students joining the IEEE for the first time between now and 15 August 2015 will be processed for half-year membership and pay 50% of the annual fee. 
Winning IEEEXtreme is clearly a good prelude to a career. A 2014 article in the The Institute member newspaper reveals how members of winning teams have founded start ups and secured jobs with tech companies such as Amazon.  There is obviously strong competition within and between the universities that participate in the countries where it is popular - not just the United States but also India, Sri Lanka and Tunisia to name just three.  ieeeexSQ

More Information

IEEEXtreme 24-Hour Programming Competition 

IEEEXtreme Facebook Page

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