Battle of the Brains: High School Programming Contest – Saturday, Feb 27th!

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New for Spring 2016 contest: Houston area contestants need not travel to Dallas to participate in this contest. We are working with Mr. Stacey Armstrong, CS teach in Cy Woods to fix the venue in Houston. This page will be updated once the logistics are needed. Please go ahead and register, assuming that it will happen! :-)

The Computer Science department of the University of Texas at Dallas has been conducting ACM ICPC-style High School Programming Contest twice each year for 6+ years now! Most participants have been from North Texas, but a few teams from top schools in Houston and Austin have also attended these contests. We would love to have more teams from all cities & corners of Texas!

We will provide local accommodation and meals for all out-of-town participants. Limited grants are also available for travel expenses for well-qualified teams. Email to request for travel grant.

The Spring 2016 contest has been set for Saturday, February 27th 10am-4pm. See for details and for the flyer. Students with one year of Computer Science should be able to participate at the novice level. More advanced students with good knowledge of algorithms & experience in problem solving should be able to attack the advanced level problems. 

Our contest follows the ACM-ICPC format: There is a practice contest lasting 40 minutes and a main contest of 3 hours. There are 5 to 6 problems. Teams of up to 3 students compete in concurrent Novice and Advanced contests.  Each team uses one of UTD’s lab computers.

Lunch will be served for all participants. Every one will get a T-shirt and certificate. Winners will get medals and winning teams will get trophies that can be displayed in their respective schools.

We are expecting huge participation! Please register up to 8 teams per school at
or, if you have difficulties accessing the page, just send email to
stating: School Name, Coach, Phone #, Number of Advanced level teams & Number of Novice level teams.

Fee: FREE (thanks to State Farm)

All students, parents & coaches are expected to download the talent release form from, print, sign and bring it to the contest so that we can take photos and post a photo album in UTD website after the contest is over.

10:00a Assemble/check teams: ECSS 2.102 (TI Auditorium)
10:15a Short presentations by program head Dr. Gupta and a UT Dallas undergraduate
10:40a Practice contest begins, ECSS 2.103/104/312
11:30p Catered Lunch for all
12:00p Main Contest Begins (3 hrs)
3:15p Discussion of problems and Prizes, ECSS 2.102
3:45p Dismiss all.

We will use PC^2 for semi-automatic judging. There are typically
5 or 6 problems for each level to solve. Contestants may use Java 8.45, minGW C++, minGW C, or Microsoft C/C++.

Here are the problem sets and test data for recent high school contests are @


Questions? Email