Student Software Competition

The Region 3 Student Software competition is held annually in conjunction with SoutheastCon. Student teams are presented with programming problems and asked to code solutions. The solution codes are judged according to the defined metrics of the problem. The goal of the competition is for students to demonstrate general programming skills while learning new skills and having fun in a competitive environment.

  • Friday, March 31 9PM – Saturday – April 1 9AM Student Software Competition – YES! A 12-hour hackathon!
  • Teams shall consist of one to three students.
  • Each team must register for the Student Software Competition by March 23, 2017 at:
  • All competitors must be student members or graduate student members of IEEE in Region 3 at the time of the competition.
  • All competitors must be registered for SoutheastCon 2017.
  • Only one team is allowed per Region 3 student branch additional teams may compete in the OPEN competition (with additional fee – see below)

IoT Hackathon

Come join us from 9PM Friday, March 31 to 9AM Saturday for a 12-hr IoT hackathon that will both teach and challenge you in developing a robust, secure device for the Internet of Things! Over twenty teams of student branches as well as a number of engineers, makers, and hobbyists will complete IoT challenges with security implications on the ESP 8266 NodeMCU board. During this twelve hour hackathon you will learn to interface various input and output devices to your board (yes, you will be building hardware in our software contest! NO SOLDERING!) There will also be a series of briefings during the hackathon that will cover how to best utilize this powerful microcontroller to create an amazing IoT “product”. You will be given a number of programming (and some wiring) challenges for points. And, you will learn a lot about cybersecurity and cloud computing and connectivity!

Programming will be done in arduino (C++). Some challenges may involve programming your laptop, so have some compiler / interpreter installed (language of your choice).

All teams will be working with IBM BlueMix Watson IoT, compliments of IBM!

A great time will be had by all! BRING YOUR OWN COMPUTER (we are recommending at least one be Win7-10) – we will supply all the parts/sensors and software!

This hackathon is the Software Contest for IEEE SoutheastCon 2017. Participation is free to the primary team from any Region 3 participating school (ALL TEAM MEMBERS MUST BE REGISTERED FOR SOUTHEASTCON 2017!). Additional teams from schools and ANYONE from the general public can attend and participate in the OPEN category for a $99 parts fee.