The Guru Competition

The Guru competition is a yearly contest that takes place on the CSUCI campus. Students are allowed to use Java, C++, and C to try and solve several problems in five hours. Its winner is declared the Guru for that year, and prizes are awarded to the winner and runner-ups.

ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest

The contest pits teams of three university students against eight or more complex, real-world problems, with a grueling five-hour deadline. Huddled around a single computer, competitors race against the clock in a battle of logic, strategy and mental endurance. Teammates collaborate to rank the difficulty of the problems, deduce the requirements, design test beds, and build software systems that solve the problems under the intense scrutiny of expert judges. For a well-versed computer science student, some of the problems require precision only. Others require a knowledge and understanding of advanced algorithms. Still others are simply too hard to solve – except, of course, for the world’s brightest problem-solvers.

(Taken from the ACM Factsheet) (PDF)