The Winners of the Université Antonine Programming Competition, which was held on July 28th in Baabda’s campus, are:
- 1st place: 900$ to Team: Eureka (Mohammad Itawi, Ali Alawiyi & Hassan Ismail Fawaz)
- 2nd place: 600$ to Team Warai Otoko (Daniel Anani)
- 3rd place: 300$ to Team Alliance (Gilbert Jabbour & Eliott Chkaiban)
They will represent the Université Antonine in the ACM-LCPC, the Lebanese Collegiate Programming Competition, which takes place every year in a different Lebanese University, where up to 20 teams compete. The LCPC saw the light in 2008 and has given the chance to many Lebanese students to reach the Arab Competition (ACPC), a mandatory step to reach the International Competition (ICPC).
Competition & Rules
9 teams competed in the UAPC where they were given 9 programming exercises to solve, which included Ad-hoc problems, searching and sorting algorithms, number theory, dynamic programming, graph algorithms
Within less than 5 hours, the winning teams were declared, as per the number of problems solved: four solved by the 1st team and two solved by the 2nd and 3rd winners.
Every time an exercise was solved, the team would raise a balloon, up until the last exercise, for no one to know which team was done. Their suggested solutions were tested by Judge, a server which executed their solutions, compared them to the organizers’ predefined solutions and evaluated their results, based on speed, efficiency and analytical skills.
Smart phones and watches were prohibited as well as USB keys, disks, e-books and any other digital device. Only published reference books in original hardcopy format were allowed. And the three programming languages approved were: C, C++ and Java, as per ACM rules.
A club was created at Université Antonine for programming student,s called the Programming Society, where more than 30 students get to practice their analytical thinking, ability to solve problems quickly and efficiently, and work on their team skills. Through the club, students become better prepared for the UAPC, LCPC, ACPC and ICPC, competitions which are not only achievements by themselves, but also an opportunity to get scouted by the biggest recruiting agencies in the industry who always attend those competitions.
Elias Doumith, Bechara Al-Bouna, Georges Bader, Chady Abou Jaoudé and Mohammad Nassar, organizers of the UAPC are already working on the second edition the contest which is scheduled for 2017.