Algorithm Competition Winter Camp 2019

Frequently Asked Questions


Q1: When and where is the Algorithm Competition Winter Camp 2019?

A1: The camp will take place at Beykoz Kundura in Istanbul, Turkey; starting on January 26 and ending on February 2. We will hold the sessions everyday between these dates.

Q2: How many days and nights will the winter camp last and where will the participants stay?

A2: The winter camp will be  8 days and 7 nights. All participants will stay in our dormitory.

Q3: How can I apply to the Algorithmic Competition Winter Camp 2019?

A3: You can fill the form at the application page here. Qualification round and other announcements will be provided via email.

Q4: How much will the winter camp cost for the participants?

A4: The winter camp is free of charge. Accommodation and meals are provided by BEV.Foundation. We expect your active participation and hard work.

Q5: When is the qualification?

A5: The qualification will start on January 8-9 at 00.00 and last 48 hours.
We will send an email to notify you if you fill in the application form here.

Q6: How can I enter the qualification?

A6: The qualification round will be held on Hackerrank online. If you do not have an account, please get one before the qualification to enter the contest. The contents’ link will be sent to the applicants via e-mail, in which they can also find our previous qualification tests. You can find the previous documents here.

Q7: When the qualification result and the groups will be announced?

A7: The results of the qualification will be announced via email to the applicants on January 13. It will include information regarding the group you are assigned to.

Q8: Do I need to solve all problems in the qualification round?

A8: No, we only want to know the level of your algorithm skills so as to determine your group and see that you will show the necessary effort for learning and improving.

Q9: Do I need to know anything about programming?

A9:  We are expecting you to have a grasp of one of the following programming languages:


Also, we are expecting at least some basic programming skills like:

  • Basic Data Structures: (Arrays, Strings, Stacks, Queues)

  • Basic Math Operations (Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division, Exponentiation)

  • Basic Recursion

  • Basic String Manipulations

Q10: I am under 18. Can I attend?

A10: Unfortunately, the applications are not open for those under the age of 18.

Q11: Can I join even if I am not a university or master student?

A11: The winter camp is only open to undergraduate students.

Q12: I am not studying or have a degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering but I know programming. Can I attend the camp?

A12: Of course; as long as you are successful in the qualification round, your major does not matter.

Q13: What is Code of Conduct and why do participants have to abide by it?

A13: Code of Conduct is an agreement between the participants and inzva. As inzva, we want to provide a peaceful environment and a harassment-free coding experience to all of our participants. By submitting your application, you agree to abide by our Code of Conduct.

Q14: What are the groups that I can join and their levels?

A14: There will be two different levels; foundation and advanced.

  • Foundation: Have basic programming skills and knowledge about basic data structures.

  • Advanced: Have advanced programming skills and knowledge about advanced data structures and algorithms.

Q15: How can I access the curriculum?

A15: You can find the curriculum below;

Q16: Can I choose my group while applying?

A16: No, the attendees’ group will be determined by the qualification results.

Q17: I am not very proficient in algorithms but I want to learn. Can I attend the camp?

A17: Everyone over the age of 18 can take part in the qualification which will be considered while choosing participants for the camp. If your level is sufficient for our Foundation group, you have a high chance of being selected. So feel free to apply and test yourself regardless of your proficiency.

Q18: Do you take 40 students exactly?

A18: We planned a camp for a maximum of 40 students but we expect some basic skills from all attendants so if you are in the first 40 it does not always means you are qualified. Also, inzva always have rights to change the quota of the camp.

Q19: Do I need to know English?

A19: The lessons will be in Turkish but the materials will be in English. There may be foreign guests coming from other countries, so our materials fit an international standard.

Q20: Does inzva provide transportation?

A20:  Unfortunately, we will not be providing transportation for this camp. If you want to see the details on how to get here, here is a guide.

Q21: Where are the schedules of each day of the camp?

A21: You can find the schedule below:

Q22: What can I do in upsolving day?

A22: In the camp, we have an upsolving day (January 30). Since the camp will involve a lot of practice and learning, we planned some activities for you to rest your mind (such as a museum tour, chess and table tennis tournaments). You can also meet and talk with other attendees or study to improve your knowledge.

Q23: Can I leave Beykoz Kundura during the camp?

A23: We believe staying in Beykoz Kundura is one of the best parts of the camp. Staying away from the traffic and the noisy atmosphere of Istanbul, and studying with an uncluttered mind will improve your learning experience. If you have an important reason to leave Beykoz Kundura during our camp, please state it before the camp to us via

Q24: What should I bring for personal use during the camp?

A24: Bring your personal computer

  • Prepare your own programming environment.

    *Install your compiler.

           *Install appropriate IDEs (ie, eclipse, visual studio, etc.) or editor and make sure that it works.


  • Toiletries (towel, toothbrush, shampoo etc.)

  • Any good-luck charms you keep

  • Clothing suitable to weather conditions (The weather is very cold, so please consider it while preparing your luggage)

  • Our working space is an old historical factory building. Some areas might get really cold. Please don't forget to prepare your winter clothes.

Q25: What should I bring to wear?

A25: During Algorithm Competition Winter Camp 2019 you will be studying nearly 8 hours in our study area everyday, so please ready to be comfortable and casual. There is no enforced dress code. But keep in mind that Istanbul can get very cold during this season, so it will be better if you bring your clothes that are suitable for winter. Also, you will stay at a dormitory, so take this into consideration when planning your attire.

Q26: Do I have a personal storage for my belongings?

A26: We do provide a locker room to keep your belongings in. For their safety, we recommend you to bring a lock with you.

Q27: I am allergic to some foods. Could you rearrange the meals for me?

A27: If you have any allergies, please let us know via or the registration form that we will send you after the qualification. In the form, we also ask you for an emergency contact for other health and safety issues. Make sure to give a valid number and a real emergency contact.

Q28: Will there be WiFi available in the dormitory area?

A28: Yes, we will provide free WiFi in the area.

Q29: Who will give the lectures?

A29: Experts from inzva’s algorithm community will be giving the lectures. The Advanced group has no theoretical lectures but they will be guided by them in the contests and upsolving sessions.

If you have any other questions, please contact us via

All participants have to abide by our CODE OF CONDUCT.