DCU Clinch Top 3 spots at Irish end of UKIEPC 2017

ukiepc 2017 winnersDCU related teams clinched the top three positions among the Irish university teams at the 5th annual UK & Ireland Intercollegiate Programming Competition held in the School of Computing on Saturday 21st October.

The CPSSD4 team of Conor Griffin, Darragh Griffin and Ryan Connell, came in 1st place on the Irish scoreboard with 8 out of 12 problems solved. Impressively, this put them in 23rd place out of 198 teams competing across the UK and Ireland.

The DCU secondary school AIPO team finished in 2nd place on the Irish scoreboard, made up of the students who recently travelled to Tehran for the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI). A tremendous result for these young men against the top undergraduates in the country.

Third place went to 2017 HashCode winners, Noah Donnelly, Cian Ruane and Ciara Godwin from CPSSD3 and CASE3.

ukiepc 2017The UKIEPC is a sub-regional competition of the North West European Programming Competition (NWERC) and ultimately the prestigious ACM ICPC contest. This year there were almost 200 teams, totaling around 550 students from 26 different universities around the UK and Ireland pitting their wits against a common problem set. Each team had to solve as many problems as possible in the shortest period of time, with time penalties added for every incorrect solution submitted.

Once again this year, the DCU site was generously sponsored by Arista Networks, with Amazon vouchers for 2nd and 3rd placed teams and funded travel for the best placed team to attend the NWERC competition at Bath University in November. Both top placed DCU will be travelling to NWERC so we wish them all the best.

The scoreboard looked impressive after 15 minutes with the young AIPO team in 1st place overall in UK & Ireland being the first team to solve 3 problem correctly! Unfortunately it didn’t stay like that when the more difficult problem presented themselves. As is the norm in ICPC style competitions, the scoreboard is frozen for the final hour of the competition, only show pending results from competing teams.

When the final results were revealed, DCU teams kept their top three places ahead of the Trinity and Maynooth teams

The full 2017 problem set with solutions slides can be found on the UKIEPC site:

Final Irish scoreboard below: