Up, up and away! Teams battle for balloons in programming contest
Our 50th anniversary events programme got competitive when we hosted the North West Europe Regional Programming Contest (NWERC).
The computer programming competition, held on 19th and 20th November, saw 115 teams go head to head to solve 11 programming conundrums. About 70 coaches brought contestants onto campus from Universities in the UK, Republic of Ireland, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland.
Following a practice competition and tech talk, teams enjoyed a dinner on Saturday night hosted by JP Morgan in Bath’s Assembly Rooms. The next day, they got to work to be the first to crack the programming problems and win the contest. As teams completed each task, they were given coloured balloons which made for a colourful sight and a competitive atmosphere too!
Nick Hu was one of the contestants: “Participating in the competition gave us the chance to try our skills against the best from nine other countries, in a very competitive format. We are grateful to the jury for a very testing set of problems, and to the organisers for the experience of Bath and the Assembly Rooms”.
Big congratulations to the winning team: Omogen Heap from KTH – Royal Institute of Technology!
NWERC was organised by Professor James Davenport, Dr Rachid Houritz and Computer Services staff at the University of Bath. Students and JP Morgan staff also volunteered to help make the contest a success.