Wilkes-Barre, Pa., March 30, 2022—Students from the King’s College Coding Club competed in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Qualifier for the International Collegiate Programming Competition (ICPC) on last month against some of the nation’s top coding students.

The ICPC is an algorithmic programming contest for higher education students working to find real-world programming solutions in a collaborative, innovative, and high-pressure environment. It is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious programming contest in the world.

Because of COVID-19 limitations, the three student teams from King's College competed remotely from campus with students from Duke, University of Virginia, and Virginia Tech among others. The five-hour contest looked for the team who could solve the most problems within languages like C++, Java, or Python 3. The King’s College teams solved three of the 13 problems and finished in 74th place out of 120 total teams. The top two teams from Saturday’s event —Swarthmore College and University of Maryland —advanced to the North American Championship.

The King’s Coding Club is an extracurricular group for any students interested in computer programming but includes many computer science majors and minors. Club activities include training for coding competitions, practicing cybersecurity capture-the-flag competitions, and community service. The Club is sponsored and coached by Amy Silva, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of computer science and Program Director for the Computer Science major. Students interested in a degree in computer science and the Coding Club can visit our Computer Science page or email Dr. Silva at amysliva@kings.edu.

From left, Class of 2022 students Bradley Meyers, Phuc Nguyen, and Kiersten Grieco.