IEEEXtreme Programing Competition 12.0 Supported by the IEEE Houston Section

It was a Friday, October 19, 2018, at 7pm CST when the IEEE Student Branches at Rice University and University of Houston answered the IEEEXtreme 12.0 Programing challenge. IEEEXtreme is an annual hackathon and competitive programming challenge in which teams of IEEE Student members and supported by Volunteer Proctors who are IEEE member, compete in a 24-hour time span against each other to solve a set of programming problems.

IEEEXtreme was created in 2006 by Marko Delimar and Ricardo Varela who, at the time, were with the IEEE Student Activities Committee. The first IEEEXtreme 1.0 competition was held in 2006 with a global participation of 44 teams and 150 contestants. The numbers more than tripled the second time it was held, in 2008, to 130 teams with 500 participants. The iteration of IEEEXtreme 9.0 in 2015, enjoyed the registration of over 2,300 teams, and participation of over 1,900 teams, 5,500+ student competitors, 600+ proctors, and 100+ volunteers around the world.

This year’s IEEEXtreme 12.0 IEEE Houston Section Student Branch teams saw little to no sleep, excitement, nervousness, and some frustration throughout the 24 hour competition. But on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 7pm the results were in….the IEEE Houston Section had 7 teams participate, and 5 of those teams stayed for the ENTIRE 24 hours. The UHackers from University of Houston placed #121st Globally, #10th in US and #2nd Regionally, and #1st at UH, out of almost 150 universities. The YoungSimpleNaive team from Rice University placed #10th Globally, 3rd in US, and 1St in the Region beating more than 4,000 universities participating.

For Additional ranking information click here: IEEEXtreme 12.0 Global Rankings

Teams

Global Ranking

USA Ranking

Region Ranking

School Ranking

South
    Rice Univ
        YoungSimpleNaive

10

3

1

1

    University of Houston
        AlphaQueue

2100

145

19

6

        BigBits

549

41

7

2

        Goldencode

2607

185

22

7

        Goosebots

795

76

13

4

        SmolDKBois

652

52

9

3

        UHackers

121

10

2

1

        YATCoders

1336

117

17

5

 

University of Houston Student Branch participants:

Rhema Ike Matthew Hunter Javier Garcia
Fernando Martinez Keith Thompson Alejandro Venegas
Pio Estepa Pichvyda Tuy Wali Chaudhary

 

 

Rice University Student Branch participants:

Cheng Wan (Electrical & Computer Engineering Ph.D.)
Xin Hao (Electrical & Computer Engineering Undergraduate)
Kuida Liu (Electrical & Computer Engineering Ph.D.)

This is truly a great reflection of their competitiveness and willingness to challenge what they have learned. The unsung heroes are their prospective university Faculty instructors, Department Chairs and College Deans and the Graduate Assistants. Dr.Badri Roysam, UH Chair of Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Professor of Computer Science and Dr. Joseph Cavallaro, Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering at Rice University.

This year’s IEEEXtreme 12.0 Programing Competition could not exist without the outstanding efforts and support of the IEEE Houston Sections volunteer community. I would like to take time out to thank Rice University Student Branches representative Cam Walton and University of Houston Student Branch representative Javier Garcia for their leadership and coordination efforts.

This also would not be possible without the following Proctor Volunteers from our Section who gave their time in early mornings to late evenings to support the competition efforts.

Volunteer Proctors Affiliation Organization – Company
Atilla Kilicarslan UH University of Houston
Ahu Han UH University of Houston
Zhu Han UH-IEEE Fellow University of Houston
Guru Naik IEEE Rice Student Branch Rice University
Harry Le    
David Mayerich UH University of Houston
Neeraj Bhatia IEEE HOU Sec. Bechtel Corporation
Moria Hargrove Anders IEEE HOU Sec. YP Chair Fletcher Yoder
Fasai Phuathavornskul IEEE Rice Student Branch Rice University
Christopher Sanderson IEEE HOU Sec. Vice-Chair IEEE R5 South Chair

See some additional pictures from the IEEExTreme Competition.

 

 

Article Submitted by Christopher Sanderson, IEEE Region 5 South Chair and IEEE Houston Section Vice-Chair.

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