Each year thousands of IEEE student members from universities around the globe participate in a 24-hour programming competition. The challenges run from writing code to solving complex real-world problems. The winning team gets an all-expenses-paid trip to an IEEE conference anywhere in the world—a prize worth up to US $10,000—as well as some serious bragging rights.
IEEEXtreme is open to all IEEE undergraduate and graduate student members. Students form teams of three, and with the help of a proctor (a higher-grade IEEE member), they work to solve about 24 challenges before the competition ends.
Runners-up receive prizes such as Apple smartwatches and Bluetooth speakers.
Registration for the 12th annual IEEEXtreme competition is open now, and runs through 10 October. The competition is 20 October. For more information and to register, visit IEEEXtreme.org.
From the close of the competition to 31 October, the 18 judges will work together to evaluate submissions. The results are scheduled to be announced in early November.
To prepare for the competition, or simply to test your skills, IEEEXtreme offers example problems in an online practice community. Those who are participating are encouraged to find out what to expect during the competition.