View photos from the recent CTU Contest in Prague

The thirteen annual CTU Open contest (Czech and Slovak national round) of ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest took place on Oct 18 and 19. The contest fosters creativity, teamwork, and innovation in building new software programs, and enables students to test their ability to perform under pressure. Quite simply, it is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious programming contest in the world.

CTU Open runs as a multisite contest parallel in Prague, Brno, Plzen, Ostrava, Banska Bystrica, Bratislava, Kosice and Zilina. CTU Open is organized by CTU in Prague in cooperation with other universities in the Czech Republic and Slovakia under auspices of Czech ACM Chapter.

The contest pits teams of three university students against ten or more complex, real world problems, with a grueling five-hour deadline. There were 92 teams in the CTU Open from all Czech and Slovak Universities teaching IT programs and there were 8 problems to solve. The first two teams from Charles University Prague solved all 8 problems, 7 problems solved by teams from Charles University and Masaryk University Brno, 6 problems solved by 2 teams from CTU in Prague, Charles University in Prague and 1 team from Masaryk University.

The best teams from CTU Open will participate in the Central European Regional Contest (CERC) in November in Krakow. The two best teams from CERC will have the right to participate in the 2014 World Finals in Yekaterinburg, Russia.

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