Last update: 28.02.2014

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The problem set will be available in English, French and German.


A team is eligible to participate in the contest if its members are students, predoctoral/PhD students, or interns currently enrolled in a Swiss educational institution, between the ages 14 and 28 and with at least half the team made up of full-time students. Each team may be composed of 1, 2 or 3 members. The Contest Judge may authorize a team to compete despite not fulfilling the eligibility criteria.
Individuals without a team may also register. The judges will try to form balanced teams (to the best of their abilities) out of all individuals who are not yet in a team.

There will be a task to be solved after registration. Deadline to solve it is 8 hours after the registration deadline.

Participation fees

The participation fees are 5 CHF per contestant. The fee will have to be payed at the latest 2 days after the registration deadline.

Conduct of the contest

The Contest will be preceded by a dry run. The aim of the dry run is to get the contestants acquainted with the judging system. All data on the team’s computers will be erased after the dry run.
The Contest duration is 4 hours and 30 minutes.
The Contest features between four and eight algorithmic problems, divided into three sub-problems (more details on the info page).
The Contest will take place on modern computers running our specialized contest environment. You can find all the details at the contest environment page.
The participants may request the organizers to print their source code in order to help with the debugging.

Scoring system

Teams will be ranked according to the total number of sub-problems they solve correctly. Unlike last year, there will be no partial credit.

During the last hour of the Contest, the ranking display will be frozen and the winners will only be announced at the HC2 Diploma Ceremony.