IBA Group Sponsors IT Contests in Belarusian Universities

May 21, 2019 

On April 24, the finals of the ninth BSUIR Open Championship in Collegiate Programming took place in Minsk, Belarus. It is the largest national contest in programming for university and high school students.

The competition is held in compliance with the rules of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM ICPC) and comprises three rounds. The finalists are given five hours to solve 11 algorithmic tasks. The teams that consist of three students have to solve the tasks using one computer.

This year, the championship gathered a record number of contestants, namely 457 university and school teams from 14 countries. Of these, 44 teams reached the finals.

A joint team of the Saint Petersburg State University and the Lobachevsky Lyceum of the Kazan Federal University became the winners of the championship. The second prize went to the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and the third prize to the Belarusian State University.

Twenty-eight school teams from Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine took part in the high school championship. The first prize was shared by the BSU Lyceum, Borisov Gymnasium 3, Vitebsk Gymnasium 1, and Luninets Secondary School.

The Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics is one of the national leaders in IT education. The university has been conducting the contest since 2007 and IBA has been sponsoring this championship since 2010. Vladimir Bogush, BSUIR Rector, expressed his gratitude for the IBA’s longstanding assistance in organizing the contest.

The finals of another IBA sponsored programming contest, WebProg 2019, were held among middle and high school students on April 27, 2019.

The Faculty of Mathematics and Mechanics of the Belarusian State University was the organizer of WebProg 2019. The contest consisted of two rounds. The first online round took place in February 2018. Sixty-six students qualified for the second on-site round.

The contest was held in two age groups, namely grades 7–9 and grades 10–11. In addition, two 6th grade students were also included in the junior group.

The students were offered six tasks to be completed in 2.5 hours. The contestants were free to choose any programming language they liked. Their choice ranged from Python and JavaScript to Pascal and C ++.

IBA Group has been involved in organizing BSU and BSUIR competitions and scientific conferences since 1998. These events aim at providing support and motivation to talented students and improving the quality of education.

In addition, the company has been providing assistance to the national teams at world IT championships, including the ACM ICPC, the most important programming competition among student teams. Teams from Belarusian universities have been participating in regional contests since 1995. BSU students won gold medals (the Czech Republic, 2004), bronze medals (Canada, 2008), and silver medals (Poland, 2012 and Russia, 2013), while BSUIR students won bronze medals (Poland, 2012). This year BSU and BSUIR were among 135 best teams of 3,233 teams that qualified for the finals, the teams ranked 22nd and 37th, respectively. To compare, Harvard University ranked 26th, Stanford 30th, and St. Petersburg State University 54th this year.