Early this November, four teams of students from Cogswell College’s Computer Science Department competed in the regional chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC), an annual multi-tiered competitive programming competition among the universities of the world.
On November 3rd, the four teams went in for the D2 division. Cogswell Engineering Society (CES) spearheaded Cogswell’s participation in the event, conducting sessions to train the attendees. The teams were met with enthusiasm and camaraderie at UC Berkeley’s Soda Hall.
Each team was allowed to have up to three students to solve thirteen challenging programming questions over a span of five hours. The event required focus, concentration, and knowledge. Cogswell’s D2 Farfalle Code was triumphant over many universities from the Pacific Northwest, solving eight questions. They ultimately placed second behind De Anza’s AKT, who solved nine questions.
Speaking about their victory, student Ben Loesch says, “ACM IPC is significant because it’s a great way for programmers to test their mettle in many ways. I strongly urge all engineering students to participate at least once!”
“Congratulations to all the Cogswell teams that participated, including coaches and faculties,” says Professor Sanghamitra Roy Chowdhury. “Hats off to the Farfalle teams. We are thrilled—next step— to infinity and beyond!”