On Saturday, 23 October 2010, the Benelux Algorithm Programming Contest (BAPC) was held in Leiden. In Studentcenter Plexus, 20 teams of students from colleges and universities in the Benelux competed for prizes up to EUR 1024,-. They were given 10 algorithmic programming problems, from which they had to solve as many as possible in five hours time.
After a tough competition, the final standings could be announced. The winning team was team Joy from Eindhoven University of Technology, which had solved 7 of the problems. Number 2 was Team Eric from Leiden University, consisting of Eric Stansifer (master student in Mathematics) and Alexey Grizenko (master student in Bioinformatics). The third prize was for team AeAeAe, again from Eindhoven University of Technology. Both Team Eric and team AeAeAe managed to solve 6 problems, but Team Eric needed less time for this.
BAPC 2010 was a preliminary for the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest. The next round will be the Northwestern European Regional Programming Contest (NWERC), from 19-21 November in Bremen, Germany. Probably two or three Leiden teams will compete in this contest. The best two teams from NWERC 2010 will advance to the World Finals, which will be held in March 2011, in Cairo, Egypt.
We wish all Leiden teams a lot of success at NWERC 2010.