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Irish Collegiate Programming Contest (IrlCPC) 2012

University College Cork’s Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Student Chapter hosted the 3nd annual Irish Collegiate Programming Contest (IrlCPC) on the 24th of March 2012. Thirty one teams from five universities competed in the competition and were tested on their combined knowledge of algorithms, programming and problem solving abilities.

2012 Undergraduate Category Winners

Position Team University
1 DIT Champions Dublin Institute of Technology
2 @RGUComputing Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen
3 SQL Injectors Trinity College, Dublin

2012 Postgraduate Category Winners

Position Team University
1 Guns ‘n Poppies University College Cork
2 Smooth Operators University College Cork

Our photographer Helmut Simonis has uploaded the photographs from the Irish Collegiate Programming Competition 2012 held on March 24th. Thank you to everyone who competed in the competition, I hope you all had fun and we look forward to seeing you all again next year!

A copy of this year’s problem set is now available to download.

Big Fish Games

We are happy to announce that Big Fish Games is sponsoring this year’s Irish Collegiate Programming Competition. Their catalog consists of over 2,500 games which have been distributed over a billion times online since 2002. They employ over 500 people worldwide, including an office here in Cork. The Big Fish Games Cork office opened in 2009. Cork is the largest office outside of Seattle with functions such as Customer Support, Localisation, Network Support and IT Engineering. In Feb 2012 Big Fish Games announced the continuing enhancement and expansion its cloud gaming research and development initiative at its Cork operation. Big Fish’s cloud gaming service will run the company’s casual game catalog in the cloud, which allows for its games to be accessible to customers on a variety of devices and platforms via interactive video streaming. This dedicated research initiative by Big Fish will involve the recruitment of 30 highly skilled software engineers, who will be located in the Cork RD&I centre.

We are very happy to be able to work with them to make this year’s event a great success.


Microsoft Ireland have kindly sponsored prizes for the winners of the undergraduate category in years competition. Microsoft Ireland has been operating in Ireland for over 27 years, now located in Sandyford Business Park. Microsoft Ireland employees over a thousand people. Microsoft Ireland is one of the largest Microsoft campus outside of the United States. They run three businesses for Microsoft, it is the centre of operations for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) along with a sales and marketing centre and a development centre. They also with host one of Microsoft’s Generation 4 Data Centres. In the Irish development centre some of Microsofts flag ship products are worked on including Microsoft Office, Windows, Windows Axure, Xbox and MSN.

We are delighted to have them as a sponsor this year.

Irish Collegiate Programming Competition

University College Cork’s Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Student Chapter is hosting the third annual Irish Collegiate Programming Contest (IrlCPC) this year on Saturday the 24th of March 2012.

We would like to invite teams from Irish third level institutions to participate in the 2012 competition. There is no limit to the number of teams from a third level institute.
This year we are opening up the competition to an additional category for postgraduate students and faculty members. These teams will compete in a separate category to the undergrad students but will compete on the same set of problems.
The competition will test the participating teams on their combined knowledge of algorithms, programming and problem solving abilities.

Team members will have one computer between them to solve a set of 8 problems within 4 hours. Difficulty of the problems varies from simple (course work level) to challenging (ACM competition level). There will be no Internet access for the duration of the contest.

Information about the Irish Collegiate Programming Contest (IrlCPC)

Teams may choose to use Python, C, C++, Java and C# during the competition. If you would like to request an additional language, please contact the committee well in advance of the contest.

Undergraduate Teams

The IrlCPC competition is based on team of 3 students and a coach, all from the same third level institute. Each team member must be registered on an undergraduate degree, while the coach can be either a postgraduate student or faculty member.

Postgraduate and Faculty Teams

Entrants to this category should consist of 2 members made up of postgraduate and/or faculty members. Members of these teams may also act as coaches to an undergraduate team that is competing.


Team registration is open until Friday 2nd of March. Register Your Team

The registration requires for each team to provide the names of the members, and of course a team name. For undergraduate teams, you must also give the name of your coach.
A registration fee of €50 euro is also required for each team to cover the prize fund and the running costs of the competition. Registration will be payable online (for alternate arrangements please contact us).

Competition Day Program

The competition day was as follows:

10.00 - 11.00 Registration
11.00 - 12.00 Practice session
12.00 - 13.00 Lunch
13.00 - 17.00 Competition
17.00 - 18.00 Marking and prize-giving