UK/Ireland Intercollegiate Programming Competition (UKIEPC)

What is the UKIEPC


The UKIEPC is the UK & Ireland Subregional Contest for NWERC (the Northwestern Europe European Regional Contest), of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC). UKIEPC is a practice competition, held annually (starting in 2013) to help universities pick teams to travel to NWERC. The contest does not automatically determine which teams may progress to NWERC, but universities may pitch their teams against other universities around UK and Ireland, to help decide who should be sent. NWERC typically accepts up to 2 teams from each university.

The event itself is organised in a distributed manner. It is physically hosted at several universities around the UK and Ireland. The same problemset is used at all sites. The scores are gathered electronically, and the results can be viewed against other local teams, and teams across the UK and Ireland.

The contest is suitable for programmers of almost all skill levels, from beginner to expert, as the problem set always has both very easy and very difficult problems with separate score boards for the UK & Ireland. Previous year's problem sets and solutions are available on the UKIEPC site.

All the UKIEPC locations belong to the Northwestern European region in the ICPC system. The Northwestern Europe Programming Contest (NWERC) is usually held in the middle of November.

UKIEPC Main Site:


Arista LogoThe School of Computing, DCU will be the Irish host site for the UKIEPC. The competition will take place in the School of Computing on Saturday 29th October from 11am-4pm.

To participate in the UKIEPC, Teams (2/3 students) must register via the ICPC sub-regional site:

The UKIEPC @ DCU this year is kindly sponsored by Arista Networks, who deliver software-driven cloud networking solutions for large data center storage and computing environments. Arista are looking to recruit the best computing students in Ireland for the software development centre in Dublin.

Prizes for top 3 Irish UKIEPC teams are:

  1. Trip to NWERC @ BathUni 17-19 Nov
  2. €300 Amazon voucher
  3. €150 Amazon voucher

Arista will be providing goodie bags and pizzas on the day for all registered teams so sign up!

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Wednesday Oct 26th 2016

Teams must sign-in at the main School of Computing foyer between 9am-9.45am on the morning of the competition. The main School foyer is opposite the Spar shop on DCU campus.

For directions to the School of Computing and DCU please look at our About Us section.

For more information about the Contest System, Contest Rules and Registration Steps, please see the main UKIEPC 2016 website:

UKIEPC @ DCU organiser - Gary Conway (


Local FAQ

Q. Will we be able to use Internet?

A. No, official ACM rules will apply.

Q. Should we bring our own laptops?

A. No, the competition will use the School of Computing Desktop computers.

Q. Can I bring my keyboard and mouse?

A. Yes, as long as they do not provide any storage or networking connectivity!

Q. Where will the contest take place?

A. School of Computing, DCU, Lab TBC  (Directions for DCU)

Q. Will food be provided?

A. Yes, courtesy of DCU School of Computing and Arista

Q. Can we bring any other printed material with us?

A. Yes, anything printed is OK. Anything digital is not.

Q. What software is going to be provided?

A. OpenSUSE 42.1, gcc 4.8, Oracle Java 1.8, Python 2.7/3.4, Eclipse, Codeblocks, Geany, Emacs, Vim.

Q. Our team missed the registration deadline!

A. We are going to have a limited number of logins available to late-registration teams. Show  up for the contest anyway!

Q. I have another question!?

A. Email Gary Conway (

) - phone +353 1 7005648 or drop into L1.03 and ask in person (School of Computing building).