|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:
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:
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.
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|Last Updated ( Tuesday, 12 May 2015 )|