Some 122 teams of school- and college-level computer programmers put their heads down yesterday at the University of Asia Pacific (UAP), in a battle for coding supremacy.
Eventually, team Too Slow, from BCIC College emerged victors in the school level, with Team CCS from Chittagong Collegiate School coming in second. At the college level, Notre Dame College squad NDC Night King became champions, ahead of Submit DC from Dhaka College.
With the slogan “Code Bhanga Jobab Dao”, Bangla daily Prothom Alo and Standard Chartered Bank jointly organised the nationwide competition's final stage, with a view to increasing the interest of school and college students in computer programming and assessing their skills.
A total of 582 teams registered online from the competition.
Earlier, Shahriar Manzoor, the only Bangladeshi judge at the International Collegiate programming contest (ACM-ICPC), inaugurated the competition.
Speaking as chief guest at the closing ceremony, UAP Vice Chancellor and National Professor Jamilur Reza Choudhury said it was difficult to arrange computers for the 48 contestants when the first university-level programming competition was held in the country in 1998. He said it was heartening to see a large number of school and college teams at the event.
In his speech, Prothom Alo Editor Matiur Rahman said, “We want to see Bangaldesh's victory in every sector. Programming and coding can play a big role in this.”
Among others, Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank Naser Ejaz Bijoy, its Head of Brand, Corporate Affairs and Marketing Bitopi Das Chowdhury, Chief Executive of Duronto TV and coordinator of Prothom Alo's youth programme Munir Hasan were present at the closing ceremony.