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IrlCPC 2020 Postponed

Dear IrlCPC 2020 participant,

As you are likely aware, the situation regarding COVID-19 has been changing rapidly over the last few weeks and days. Our chapter has been following the guidelines issued by the University College Cork's Health and Safety team along with the Health Service Executive of Ireland. This morning, Tánaiste Simon Coveney released a statement advising everyone to avoid non-critical mass gatherings. We have discussed this with the relevant authorities in UCC and with our sponsors, and we are all in an agreement that in order to ensure the well being of all attendees, IrlCPC 2020 should not take place this Saturday. With this in mind, we have made the decision to postpone the competition from the 14th of March to September 2020. We have not decided on a specific date but we will keep you updated and please keep monitoring our website for more up to date information. The structure of the competition will remain the same.

All teams that registered for the March event will be automatically re-registered for the event in September. However, if a team wishes to withdraw from the competition, we will refund the entrance fee of 45 euro in full. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to assist you to the best of our abilities.

As the situation develops, we strongly recommend and encourage you to familiarise yourself with up to date HSE guidelines, and take all necessary precautions at your University or when travelling -

Irish Collegiate Programming Contest 2020
About the IrlCPC 2020
@ Western Gateway Building, UCC

Irish Collegiate Programming Competition 2020

The UCC ACM Student Chapter will host the 11th annual Irish Collegiate Programming Competition (IrlCPC) taking place on the 14th March 2020. Each team of competitors will tackle a problem set that will test their problem solving, numeracy and computer programming skills.

This competition is not for novice programmers but those who have a passion for programming.

The competition

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). There will be no Internet access for the duration of the competition.

Teams can choose to use Python 3, Go, C, C++, Haskell and Java for the competition. All programs will be evaluated under Linux.


Teams should be composed of a maximum of 3 students, of which at most 2 can be postgraduate students.


Registration is now closed.


Each team is required to pay a registration fee of €45 online via PayPal. A link is provided after the submission of the registration form.

Make sure that the person paying with is one of the competitors. The email must match with one of the people in the team.


Lunch will be provided on the day.


The prize for this years winning team will be sponsored by Google and is a Pixel 4 XLs and Go programming language book each.


The competition will take place from 9:30am - 6:30pm in the Western Gateway Building, University College Cork, Western Road, Cork, 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


Rules 2020

How To

Howto 2020

Previous Problem Sets

Problem Set 2019
Problem Set 2018
Problem Set 2017
Problem Set 2016
Problem Set 2015
Problem Set 2014
Problem Set 2013
Problem Set 2012
Problem Set 2011