A programming contest is an event that is related to computer science as one would suspect. If you are wondering what a programming contest is, you've come to the right place - there is an introduction to this interesting event right here.
The recipe for a programming contest is quite simple, it has a only a few ingredients :
Each team must have three members. Each member must be a student from a university in the designated area for your contest. In case of a North Western European Regional Contest, that would be from Belgium, some parts of Germany (Hessen, Niedersachsen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Rheinland-Pfalz, Saarland, Schleswig-Holstein), Luxembourg, Great Brittain, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Ireland or The Netherlands.
The problem set must contain 6 to 8 juicy problems. For a good description and further background information, have a look at the problems page. Each problems must be solvable, but it must be hard to solve.
There must be enough computers so that each team has exactly one at its
disposal, no more, no less. Each computer must be equipped with tools to
create computer programs so that the teams can write programs that solve
The jury is a little group of people with a large responsibility. They
must guard the fairness of the contest, make sure all rules are followed
by both contestant and contest organisation and even decide who wins the
The other odds and ends such as lectures, tours, dinners and lunches are not a real part of the contest itself, but they are all included in the event to add a little spice and fun and must therefore be added according to taste.
If all ingredients are ready, it is time to start cooking!
The teams may take notes and books to the contest to consult. They may not
use internet or communicate with anyone outside their team or the
After five hours, the contest is done. Take all teams from the computer
rooms and place them is a separate room to cool off. In the mean time, the
jury can determine the winner. If the jury and all contestants are ready,
the jury will announce the winners and present a short and easy solution to
all the problems. In the name of the jury a lovely assistant will hand out
prizes (see photograph).
After all this trouble you've got one hot, steamy, well-done Programming