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Irish Collegiate Programming Contest (IrlCPC) 2015

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Irish Collegiate Programming Competition 2015

Well done to everyone who competed at the Irish Collegiate Programming Competition 2015. Some photographs of the event are available on Flickr with thanks to Helmut Simonis.


1st: Darragh Griffin, Conor Griffin, Terry Bolt, DCU
2nd: Robert Kelly, Niamh Dootson, Conor McMenamin, NUIM
3rd: Conor Fitzpatrick, Ollie Noonan, Jack Higgins, NUIM

Secondary School Winners

1st: Adam Morris, Jonthan Hanley, Caelen Feller
2nd: David McMahon, Peter O’Donoghue, Tadhg kearney
3rd: Alan Panayotov, Ina Panayotova, Victor Panayotov

The UCC ACM Student Chapter hosted the sixth annual Irish Collegiate Programming Competition (IrlCPC) on Saturday the 28th of March 2015. The event is part of The Year of George Boole, a celebration of the life and work of George Boole who was born in 1815 and worked at the University College of Cork. Each team of competitors is given a problem set that tests their problem solving, numeracy and computer programming skills. This competition is not for novice programmers but those who have a passion for programming. We are grateful that this year’s prizes will be made possible through the sponsorship of Google.


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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, Python 3, C, C++, Haskell, 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.


Registration is now open, register your team before the deadline of March 16th.
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