The 2018 CS Programming GURU Contest was held on Friday, April 27th. The contest challenged students to work individually to solve 9 computer programs of varying degrees of difficulty. The competition software was modeled after the ACM’s International Intercollegiate Programming Contest with the slight modification that problems were designed by CI Computer Science faculty. The contest closely mirrored the 2017 ACM competition, in that the judging software crashed :/ But thanks to Prof. Nick Stern and CS Club President Christopher Hunter, who stepped in as manual judges, the competition was able to complete successfully, albeit a little late. 

As with the ACM competition, students could solve these problems in the computer language of their choice, which this year included C, C++, Java and Python. Individuals are also free to develop solutions using any algorithm that produced the results specified in the time allotted. The link to the problem set submitted by CI faculty can be found here: 2018 Guru Problem Set (PDF, 1.7MB) .

This year, the contest featured a jam-packed lab of competitors from Computer Science and Information Technology. In the end, the contest featured a changing of the guard for 2018, with Ty Danet becoming the 2018 Programming GURU. Congratulations to Brandon Artner for finishing runner-up for the second year in a row and Yulia Maliauka for rounding out the Top 3!

2018 GURU Contest Winners

  1. First Place - Ty Danet (left), solving 3 problems and taking home an Amazon Echo.
  2. Second Place - Brandon Artner (right), solving 2 problems and taking home portable bluetooth speakers.
  3. Third Place – Yulia Maliauka (middle), solving 2 problems and taking home a mobile device power charger.

All participants received pizza and drinks!

Congratulations to all who participated!