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Irish Collegiate Programming Contest (IrlCPC) 2014

Irish Collegiate Programming Competition 2014

The UCC ACM Student Chapter hosted the fifth annual Irish Collegiate Programming Competition (IrlCPC) this year on Saturday the 29th of March 2014. Each team of competitors was given a set of five problem that tested their problem solving, numeracy and computer programming skills. This competition is not for novice programmers but those who have a passion for programming. This year’s overall winners of the Irish Collegiate Programming Contest were from Trinity College Dublin with runners up from University College Cork. They take away Xbox Ones, Chromebooks, and Nexus 7 tablets as prizes, which was made possible by four sponsors: Microsoft, Google, Trend Micro, and Deloitte.

Photographs of the day are available on flickr.

Overall Winners
1st Place - Trinity College, Dublin, Killian Davitt, Enno Hermann, Eoin Flanagan
2nd Place - University College Cork, David Mc Carthy, Tadhg Lambe, Alex Jaeger
3rd Place - National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Robert Kelly, Conor McManus, Peter Watson

Junior Category
1st Place - Colm Hickey, Caelen Feller, Seafra Forder
2nd Place - Conor Griffin, Darragh Griffin, Richard Tynan
3rd Place - Alan Panayotov, Ina Panayotova, Victor Panayotov

Microsoft Ireland

Microsoft Ireland first opened its doors in Ireland in 1985 with a small manufacturing facility employing just over one hundred people. Since that time, Microsoft Ireland has grown to encompass four distinct operations at its campus in Sandyford in Dublin, employing over 1,200 full time employees and 700 full-time contract staff.

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Trend Micro

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Deloitte Technology Consulting

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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 outline 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