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Irish Collegiate Programming Contest (IrlCPC) 2013

Irish Collegiate Programming Competition 2013

Over 60 participants, ranging from secondary school pupils to undergraduate and postgraduate students, entered the Irish Collegiate Programming Contest held in the state-of-the art Western Gateway Building on Saturday 6 April 2013.

Sponsored by Big Fish Games, this year’s overall winners were amongst the youngest contestants, a secondary school team from Carrigaline, Cork, comprising of Abdullah Mohammad (Carrigaline Community School) and Adam O’Sullivan (St Peters Community School Passage West).

Competing against 21 teams mainly comprised of third level students was no mean feat for these exceptional young people. Abdullah Mohammad is no stranger to UCC; for the past year, he took part in the Munster Programming Training programme run by Dr Sabin Tabirca at Department of Computer Science, UCC. He is also one of six competing for a place to represent Ireland in the International Olympiad in Informatics, to be held in in Australia this July.

The winners of the postgraduate category were ‘What team?’, whose members include Juan Jose Mendoza Santana and Sichao Qian from National University Ireland, Maynooth. Another UCC team, JAIL, involved programmer Mohamed Cisse, who achieved second place in the postgraduate category.

Professor Barry O’Sullivan, Head of the Department of Computer Science at UCC who established the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Student Chapter over four years ago and is the current Faculty Sponsor of the competition, congratulated the contestants. “UCC is very proud to host this event for its fourth year. It is a vital showcase of the level of interest, commitment, and talent that exists in the subject of computer programming. The ACM Student Chapter has organised another very exciting event this year - a huge congratulations and thanks to them”.

Overall Winners
1st Place - Munster Programming Training (MPT) Cycle 2 team - Abdullah Mohammad, Carrigaline Community School and Adam O’Sullivan, St Peters Community School Passage West
2nd Place - Team ‘Tea++’ from Trinity College Dublin - Emma Carrigan, Glenn Jackson and Enno Hermann, coached by Michael Clear from TCD
Joint 3rd Place - AIPO - Richard Tyan (Cistercian College Roscrea in Tipperary) and Maciej Goszczycki (Colaiste Chroah Abhann, Kilcoole, Co. Wicklow)
Joint 3rd Place - MPT Cycle 1 Team - Caellen Feller, (Colaiste Choilm, Ballincollig), Colm ó hIcí (Colaiste Choilm, Ballincollig), Seafra Forder

Photographs of the day are available on flickr.

Information about the IrlCPC

Team members will have one computer between them to solve a set of problems within 4 hours. Difficulty of the problems varies from simple course work level, to challenging (ACM competition level). Previous problem sets are available as a guide. There will be no Internet access for the duration of the competition.

Teams may choose to use Python 2, C, C++, Java and C# during the competition. All programs will be evaluated under linux, so C# will be run using mono.


Teams should be composed of 3 students, of which at most 2 can be postgraduate students. Each team should nominate a representative of the third-level which will act as coach, but they need not be present on the day of the competition. The role of the coach should be to advise the team in their preparations for the competition.


Each team is required to pay a registration fee of €50 online via PayPal. Lunch will be provided on the day.


The competition will take place from 10am - 6:30pm in the Western Gateway Building, University College Cork, Western Road, Cork. (Google Maps) which is a 15 minute walk from Cork City Centre.

The number 208 travels from Cork City Centre and stops on the Western Road next to the Western Gateway Building. The number 205 bus travels from Kent Train Station and stops at Brookfield which is a short walk from the Western Gateway Building across a footbridge.

Competition Day Program

The provisional schedule for the day is as follows:

9:30 - 10:30 Registration
10:30 - 11:30 Practice session
11:30 - 13:00 Lunch and Networking
13:00 - 17:00 Competition
17:00 - 18:30 Awards Ceremony