School of Engineering and Computing Sciences News
Jan 27 2014
NYIT's IEEE chapter Participates in the XTREME 24-Hour Programming Challenge

IEEE held its annual XTREME 24-Hour Programming Challenge in October, and NYIT’s chapter of the organization participated, showing their physical and mental stamina in a competition against 2500 other top-engineering schools from around the world. NYIT’s team gave a respectable performance for their first 24 hour challenge—beating just over 50% of participants worldwide. NYIT’s team consisted of 6 students: Nick Passaro, Fabio Casagrande, Richard Mortimore, Pranav Krishnamurthy, Matt Wighton, and Christian Gulde.

The problems given to the team ranged from simple procedural tasks to very complex systems that required dynamic sets of input and events. NYIT’s IEEE members drew on their knowledge of many programming languages to solve problem after problem, and learned how to effectively collaborate as a team based on their individual talents. Nick Corso-Passaro, a Computer Science major and member of IEEE said, “software development, and programming in general, is an amazing skill and I think it should be practiced by anyone with even a remote interest in the field. The competition gives participants a wide range of challenges to solve with varying degrees of difficulty, a perfect way to test your skills and figure out what you still need to learn.”

The IEEE XTREME 24-Hour Programming Challenge proved to be an excellent opportunity to bring together NYIT’s IEEE members from across various disciplines. Christian Gulde, a graduate student in Computer Science gave some insight on how they managed to complete this amazing feat of marathon programming: “if you have to spend 24 hours on campus programming, this is the way to do it. Good friends, good music, and a fun atmosphere.” When asked if he would do it again, he replied, “At the drop of a hat!”

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