Hariny and I conducted an on-site programming contest, on behalf of Google, in our college today. It was an ACM style programming contest, which we ran using the PC^2 judging system. Here’s an account of the contest:
- 1 PM – Hariny and I head to the DCSE Lab for setting up the contest
- 1.05 PM – The first problem surfaces – misunderstanding as to lab timing. Lab attendants ask us to pack up by 3.30
- 1. 30 PM – Hariny heads off to get it resolved with the help of the staff while I start getting the lab ready for the contest.
- 2 PM – We get time till 5.30 PM, decide to cut short the contest to three hours
- 2.15 PM – First trickle of participants. Third years and one very enthu first year team arrive.
- 2.28 PM – 16 teams take up their position in the lab for the contest
- 2.30 PM – Contest Start!
- 2.45 PM – Most teams go for the obviously easy first equation, which was to write a program to add 1 to a 100 digit number.
- 2.48 PM – Many teams get Wrong Answer, as a result of improper spacing and not noting that the answer can be more than 100 digits.
- 2.50 PM – Our first Accepted Submission of the contest! Swarna Prakash and team take the lead with the first question.
- 2.55 PM – Six teams solve the easy problem A, with Swarna Prakash and co, Aravind Narayanan and co and Nishant Rayan teams taking the top spots.
- 3.00 PM – More teams solve the easy and even more teams get it wrong.
- 3. 10 PM – Swarna Prakash and team solve another question, the second most easy question in the set. They get a penalty due to a wrong submission, though. However, they are still in the lead.
- 3.45 PM – Aravind Narayanan and Madhan solve the easy problem D.
- 3.50 PM – Many teams try the D problem and get WAs.
- 4.00 PM – A couple of flawed submissions for the problem C. This was a problem of medium difficulty, with the answer not so obvious.
- 4.10 PM – Sivaguru, Smrithi and Thanu solve problem D to become the third ranked team
- 4.15 PM – Swarna Prakash and team solve the problem C in a single submission! Runaway leaders now.
- 4. 30 PM – Surendar and team solve problem D to join the list of teams having solved 2 problems.
- 4.40 PM- 12 teams out of the 16 solve problem A.
- 4.50 PM – Sridhar and team solve 2 problems very fast to jump to third place on the ranklist.
- 5.00PM – Aravind Narayanan and team unsuccessfully try to solve problem E.
- 5.05 PM – Current positions : First, Swarna Prakash and team. Second, Aravind and team. Third, Sridhar and team.
- 5.15 PM – Six teams have solved 2 problems or more.
- 5.20 PM – Last minute submissions from various teams, none of which get accepted.
- 5.30 PM – Contest end!
- Swarna Prakash, Santhana Krishnan and Sunil Kumar, all ECE Third Year.
- Aravind Narayanan and Madhan R, CSE 4th year
- Sridhar and Sai Saravanan, CSE 4th Year
- Winners get a chance to visit Google R&D , Bangalore 🙂 Plus T shirts of course
- Runners up get laptop shoulder bags and Ts
Ts for the third team. We also gave away Ts to an enthusiastic first year team 🙂
Congratulations to the winners. Hope the participants had a great time! We really enjoyed conducting the competition 🙂
Check here for all the photos.