It's Time to Register for the IEEEXtreme Competition

Students: do you have what it takes in this computer programming challenge?

8 September 2010

Students, start your engines for the annual IEEEXtreme competition! During the worldwide online challenge, IEEE student members compete against each other to solve a set of programming problems using C, C++, Java, or other programming languages, all within 24 hours. Registration runs from 1 September until 8 October at 00:00 GMT on the IEEEXtreme Web site.

The competition begins 23 October 2010 at 00:00 GMT, when students can get a first look at the problems and start working on their solutions. Answers must be submitted by 23:59 GMT on 23 October.

Previous challenges included writing a program to solve a specific problem, designing a logic circuit to perform a task, and adapting an existing program to perform new functions. Last year the competition attracted 700 programming teams from universities in 40 countries.

Participants compete as part of a team of up to three IEEE student or graduate student members, though only two may be graduate students. Universities can field multiple teams, but each team must have a proctor who is a higher-grade IEEE member. The proctor ensures the team receives no outside help and keeps his or her charges apprised of how much time on 23 October is left.

Each set of problems will be categorized as easy, medium, or hard to allow for students of all experience levels to participate. Harder problems are worth more points. Each submission gets a time stamp, and extra points are awarded for early submission.

Students can choose the location where they’ll participate in the challenge—which can be an IEEE student branch office, a college lab, or other campus locale. The location must, of course, have at least one computer with Internet access.

The entries will be judged by higher grade IEEE members from academic and industrial backgrounds. Scoring is based on problem difficulty, the solution, and time until completion, and winners are determined based on their overall points. Any special scoring rules or bonus points will be announced with the problems.

The winning team members, whose names are to be listed on the IEEEXtreme Web site within 48 hours after the competition ends, receive an expenses-paid trip to an IEEE technical conference of their choice. And all participants receive a certificate and a T-shirt with the IEEEXtreme logo on it.

To learn more about the competition, register your team, view sample problems, or sign up to follow IEEEXtreme on Facebook and Twitter, visit the IEEEXtreme Web site. All inquires should be directed to


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