C, Cpp Or C sharp Programming Contests Around The World

C, Cpp Or C sharp Programming Contests Around The World

1. International Conference on Functional Programming (ICFP) This has been running for a decade and happens in June or July each year. Though it’s based in Germany, anyone can enter using any programming language, from any location. It’s free to enter and your team isn’t limited by size.
2. The BME International: The BME International is an intense free to enter contest that takes place in Europe once a year for teams of three, and you have to bring your own computers and software. This year, the 7th edition took place in Budapest. This contest has had some interesting challenges in the past including driving a car over a virtual terrain? Other past tasks included controlling an oil-company, driving an assembly line robot and programming for secret communication. All programs were written in a 24-hour intense period!
3. International Collegiate Programming Contest: One of the longest running- this contest started in 1970 at Texas A&M and has been run by the ACM since 1989 and has IBM’s involvement since 1997. One of the bigger contests, it has thousands of teams from universities and colleges competing locally, regionally and ultimately in the a world final. The contest pits teams of three university students against eight or more complex, real-world problems, with a gruelling five-hour deadline.
4. The Obfuscated C contest: The Obfuscated C contest has been running for nearly 20 years. This is done on the internet, with email submissions. All you have to do is write the most obscure or obfuscated Ansi C program in under 4096 characters’ length according to the rules. The 19th contest took place back in January/February 2007.
5. The Loebner Prize: The Loebner Prize is not a general programming contest but an AI challenge to enter a computer program that can do the Turing test, ie talk to a human sufficiently well to make the judges believe they are talking to a human. The Judge program, written in Perl will ask questions like “What time is it?”, or “What is a hammer?” as well as comparisons and memory. The prize for the best entrant is $2,000 and a Gold Medal.
6. Chatterbox Challenge: It is similar to the Loebner Prize is the Chatterbox Challenge. This is to write the best chatter bot- a web based (or downloadable) application written in any language that can carry on text conversations. If it has an animated display that syncs with text then that is even better- you get more points!

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