Competitive programming and problem solving

Smart and efficient algorithms are underlying many broadly used applications in everyday life. Nowadays, the development of software applications is at the forefront of technological innovation. Large tech companies are scouting students that are proficient in algorithmic problem solving and can work in teams on efficient implementation.

In that sense, programming contests can be considered a top sport. Skills such as teamwork and working under time pressure are required, and a student will need both talent and experience to be successful. Like many sports, simply practicing over and over again will help a lot!

First year: defining your level and ambition

After the first few weeks, teams of three will be formed. The first contest you will participate in is the EAPC = Eindhoven Algorithmic Programming contest in early October. Based on its results the team will define its ambition for the rest of the year (and beyond) and design its own training program

Your coach will provide the necessary training materials, and advise on the kind of contests and rankings one should strive for. Typical examples of contest assignments can be found in the links on the right, and on the Honors track judge (online soon).

Second year: improve and explore

In the second year new teams are formed and new, more challenging ambitions will be formulated. Here, your career perspectives have to be taken into account, since programming contests offer contacts you might want to use to direct your career For example to arrange an international semester at a university of your choice, an internship at a specific company, or a Summer School at Google.


This honor track suits students best when they:

  • Excel in the field
  • Are creative
  • Have some programming experience already (e.g. Java or C/C+)
  • Have knowledge of algorithms (techniques) and feel challenged by algorithmic problem solving
  • Having analytical an implementation skills