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ACES Coders - 2012:

A 12 hour nonstop coding competition was held recently at the Department of Computer Engineering, University of Peradeniya. This event was organized by the Association of Computer Engineering Students(ACES), University of Peradeniya.

The winners

It was a very successful competition with lots of knowledge exchanged and competitors gained an extra ordinary experience.

There were 37 groups who took part in this competition and they were undergraduates from the faculty of engineering and faculty of science of the same university as well as the Uva Wellassa University. The competition started at 0900 and finished at 2100. Award ceremony was held thereafter and winners were awarded with the cash prizes and certificates.

Busy involved in solving matters

Engineering is all about applying the analytic, mathematical and designing knowledge in to practice! Computer programming also needs analytic, mathematical and designing knowledge together with the practical knowledge of using a particular programming language. So computer programming is a part and parcel of computer engineering!

Peradeniya computer engineering students are in the higher ranks in the island as far as the quality of skills and enthusiasm is concerned.

That is why they were able to clinch several international as well as local competitions related to their field of study.

ACES, the Association of Computer Engineering Students is the student body that organizes several activities related to computer engineering, for university undergraduates.

It is well supported and guided by the department's academic staff. They had organized this programming contest, 'ACES Coders' for the second consecutive year.

Applying the knowledge gained into practice

The participants had to register as a 'three in one' group and solve the given problems within 12 hours. Problems were designed by the academic staff of the department to test analytical and mathematical skills of the participants together with their programming skills.

Therefore the aim of the participants was not only the victory but also enhancing their potentials in team work, identifying the problems and deciding/implementing the programming solutions for specific requirements, which were also the clear objectives of the organizers!

I was privileged to witness the opening ceremony as I participated as one of the industry representatives, representing my employer IFS R&D International (pvt) Ltd. Virtusa & MIT were the gold sponsors while IFS was the silver sponsor of the event.

The head of the department of computer engineering, representative of MIT, Dr. Manjula Sandirigama and I delivered short speeches at the opening ceremony.

ACES coders ended on high note letting the objectives of the event been achieved!


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