Turkish Programming Contest 2019
September was a very important month for inzva and Turkish Algorithm Community; after months of careful planning and designing, we fulfilled an aspiration established since our early days: We held the Turkish Programming Contest 2019 in our home, Beykoz Kundura, under the auspices of ICPC (International Collegiate Programming Contest) and partnered with Middle East Technical University.
LONG-SOUGHT DREAM REALIZED
When inzva began its algorithm journey in September of 2017 with the first student camp that focused on competitive programming, hosting a Turkish Programming Contest within a couple of years was one of the ultimate goals.
This year, we were happy to host 152 students coming from 14 different universities and various cities including Trabzon, Izmir, Kayseri, Istanbul, Isparta, Zonguldak ve Ankara while they attended Turkish Programming Contest and showcased their programming skills for all eyes to see since the event was also live-streamed.
54 TEAMS, 14 UNIVERSITIES, ONE GOAL
During the 5-hour Contest, the 54 teams competed to place in the top 10 so that they can go to Southeastern Europe Regional Contest (SEERC), which will be held in Bucharest, Romania on October 18 to 20.
The teams solved 11 original problems prepared by our Scientific Committee member Prof. Dr. Tolga Can, inzva member Yusuf Hakan Kalaycı as well as our long-term supporter and friend, the founder of Algotester.com, Vasyl Biletskyy and wrote over 12 thousand codes to get the fastest results with the aim to get ahead of the rest of the participating teams.
In the end, the top 10 in the Turkish Programming Contest were Trie Hard from Boğaziçi University, Here for Meal from Boğaziçi University, Symphony of Coding from TOBB University of Economics and Technology, Send Nodes from Boğaziçi University, Unagi from Bilkent University, Güçlü from Istanbul Technical University, Ship Shipping Ship Shipping Shipping Ships from Istanbul Technical University, Redshifted from Bilkent University, ITUbitak from Istanbul Technical University, and Etliekmek from Boğaziçi University, whose members along with their coaches and inzva team, will be attending SEERC, sponsored by BEV Foundation.
BUILDING STRONG TIES FOR A COMMON PURPOSE
inzva always made expanding awareness regarding the importance of algorithmic thinking and efficient problem-solving skills a priority since we strongly believe that these key traits are what makes a good computer scientist in the long run.
This year, inzva established a solid relationship with two like-minded partners, International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC), which is the most popular and prestigious programming contest with a number of over 10 thousand participants coming from 103 countries, and Middle East Technical University (METU), one of the most important Turkish universities that focuses on technical studies including computer engineering, to fulfill a common purpose: Making competitive programming known and helping computer engineer candidates increase their level of efficient code-writing through friendly competition.
This Contest will help promote productive, analytic and algorithmic thinking, which as a result not only enables students to elevate their skill-sets as engineers but also it will aid them while dealing with real-life challenges such as working under pressure and within a time limitation.
Other than the organizing partners, we were lucky to have the support of other important friends, our Scientific Committee consisting of 13 leading academics in their field were with us throughout this journey as we got prepared for and held the Turkish Programming Contest. In addition, a volunteer team of 30 helped us before, during and after the event as we hosted over 300 guests for the first time ever in inzva’s history.
EVERYTHING IS FOR THE COMMUNITY
As inzva, we are proud to say that we have an expanding community, whose members from various backgrounds, disciplines and at different stages of their academic or professional careers.
With the support of our community and our foundation, we will continue to work for creating a better environment for all the computer science students in our Region both by increasing their productivity and their team working skills.
First step into their success stories, after the Turkish Programming Contest, we know that the members of our algorithm community will achieve greater accomplishments and will eagerly wait for the day when we will accompany our students on their way to ICPC World Finals 2020, which will be organized by Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in Moscow, Russia next April.
Another great news we announced in our closing ceremony was about our future partnership with Boğaziçi University for the Turkish Programming Contest 2020.
We hope this tradition of passing down the torch from one university to another will continue for many years to come as our community flourishes beyond our imaginations.