International 24 Hour Programming Competition – Sixth
April 21-23, 2006 will be held for the sixth time between the already traditional International 24 Hour Programming Competition. The Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) is hosting the event, and this year the organizing work will be carried out by the Hungarian Association of Electrical Engineering and Informatics Students and the Károly Simonyi Vocational College. The primary goal of the competition is to provide a challenge and opportunity for people involved in IT and programming (university students, industry professionals, or even high school students) to compare their knowledge and skills in extreme conditions.
As before, the competition is two-round this year, with prizes in excess of € 5,000. Teams applying after the announcement on 11 January 2005 will compete against each other for the first time on 26 February 2006 in an electronic pre-selection. In this online test, you have five hours to complete the assigned tasks. After the evaluation, the thirty teams that will prove to be the best will advance to the 24-hour final on April 21-23, 2006 at the Technical University.
Neither the electronic pre-selection nor the on-site final has any restrictions on the development tools, books or operating system used by the competitors. In the on-site competition, participants work on their own computers, the organizers only provide electricity and connection to the local network set up for the duration of the competition. Of course, team members are not allowed to communicate with the outside world during a match.
You can register on the official website of the competition at www.challenge24.org until February 17, 2006.