SCE Students Participate in International Programming Competition


The UMKC Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the UMKC Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) student chapters recently teamed up to participate in the IEEEXtreme 24-Hour Programming Competition.

The IEEEXtreme 24-Hour Programming Competition is a global challenge organized each year by the IEEE Computer Society and other private sponsors.  As the name would suggest, the competition does last for 24 hours, lasting from 0:00:00 UTC until 23:59:59 UTC, or 7:00:00pm to 6:59:59pm CST.  This year, over 1800 teams participated in the competition, including  three teams from UMKC.  While the rules allow for up to three members per team, two of the teams representing UMKC were comprised of only two members each.

The Evil League of Evil, the first team from UMKC, solved five of the problems given, ranking in the 70th percentile of all teams competing.  The team members were Robert Holland, Dan Robison, and Avinash Reddy Desireddy.  Team KoolAid (Eric Gonzalez and Kevin (Yama) Keyser) ranked in the 69th percentile of all teams competing, and The NP Completers (Victoria Wu and Andrew Blackton) ranked in the 55th percentile.

In addition to the student team members, SCE faculty and staff members Eddie Burris, Brian Hare, Kevin Kirkpatrick, Debbie Dilks and Dr. Appie van de Liefvoort served as proctors for the competition.

This was UMKC’s second year to organize teams for the IEEEXtreme 24-Hour Programming Competition, and the team members look forward to participating again next year.

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