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Challenge-seeking programmers wanted

Between 30th April and 2nd May will the traditional BME International 24-hour Programming Contest be held - for the 10th time, organized by the Electrical Engineering Students' Hungarian Association. Challenge-seeking programmers can enter one of Europe's most prestigious event until 20 February, 2010. The final round will be held on the campus of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME).

Breaking with traditions, in honor of the 10th Jubilee Contest, the site can be found at www.challenge24thelegend.com. The organizers’ aim is to create the most prestigious and memorable finals ever, that provides the contestants priceless memories and experiences.

Teams of three have to register on the official website of the contest. Not only students but IT professionals can enter to. The registration is followed by an on-line qualifying round on 27th February. The best 30 teams will be invited to the final, 24-hour-long round that will take place between 30th April-2nd May, 2010 at BME Hungary. The total value of awards exceeds €6000 and the winner can take the Challenge24 Cup, too.

Neither during the qualifying round nor on the on-site contest are there any restrictions concerning the tools, platforms, operating systems or written materials that the contestants can use. In both rounds they can work on their own computers what lets the contestant work in the environment that fits them best. Naturally, usage of external help during the contest is strictly forbidden.

The problem set is created by former finalists, so the contestants can expect interesting but difficult tasks like in the previous years. To solve them they will need various IT skills: knowledge of networking, computer graphics, algorithm theory, artificial intelligence is a great advantage. Of course fast and precise coding, and effective teamwork are essential.

Traditionally the contestants enter Challenge24 from every part of the world. Last year more than 1000 contestants from 56 countries of 5 continents registered, including many returning competitors. (BBJ Online)