2013 SoutheastCon Region 3 Software Competition Information


The IEEE SoutheastCon 2013 software competition will challenge teams of up to three students to exercise problem-solving abilities and programming skills to solve a set of given problems in a three hour time. The competition will be held during IEEE SoutheastCon 2013 in Jacksonville, Florida.


Software Competition Registration deadline is March 22, 2013.


The language of the Contest is English. All written contest materials will be in English.

Team Composition

Each team consists of up to three contestants who are eligible to compete in the Software contest. The team's contestants must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program. All team members must be registered for the IEEE SoutheastCon 2013 conference. In addition, teams must register for the software competition by submitting the registration form prior to the conference. Late entries may be rejected based on availability.

Conduct of the Contest

  1. A number of problems will be posed. The solution to the problems will avoid dependence on any particular computing environment. In case of multiple problems the problems are independent and may be solved in any order. Each team's goal is to maximize its score.
  2. Advisors and guests will have no contact with their teams during the contest. The penalty for contact is immediate disqualification of the teams.
  3. Advisors will receive a copy of the problems once the contest has begun. If an advisor suspects any ambiguity in the problem statements, he or she must report this to the contest officials for an immediate ruling.
  4. If the contest officials decide that a clarification is necessary, they will disseminate this information to all teams.
  5. A team may be disqualified by the contest officials for any activity that jeopardizes the contest such as accessing the Internet, dislodging extension cords, unauthorized modification of contest materials, or distracting behavior.
  6. No electronic media and no electronic devices of any kind (calculators, cell phones, pads, etc) may be brought into the contest area. Contestants may bring books and notebooks (no loose paper, please) for use during the competition.

Scoring of the Contest

Solutions to problems submitted for judging are called runs. A problem is solved when the submitted run for the problem is accepted by the judges. The Judges are solely responsible for determining the correctness of submitted runs. In consultation with the judges, the contest officials will determine the winners of the contest. The contest officials and judges are empowered to adjust for or adjudicate unforeseen events and conditions. Their decisions are final.

Teams are ranked according to the most problems solved. For the purposes of awards, teams who solve the same number of problems are ranked by least total runtime. There is no time consumed for a problem that is not solved.

Judging the Contest

  1. A team of independent judges will score the submissions and determine the top three winners.
  2. Judges are empowered to adjust for or adjudicate unforeseen events and conditions. Their decisions are final.
  3. Although they are unlikely, the Contest officials have the authority to resolve ties by examining the quality of submitted solutions and number of incorrect submissions.
  4. The final contest results will be announced during the award ceremony.

Contest Computing Environment

Teams are allowed to bring one laptop that has C++ and/or JAVA installed on it. Only one laptop per team allowed during the competition. A second laptop may be brought as a backup, and must remain powered off until the judges determined it may be used to replace the original machine. All laptops must have one USB port available and must remain disconnected from any network (Internet, FTP, etc.) during the contest.

Complaints, Appeals, and Remedies

If irregularities or misconduct are observed during the contest, team members should bring them to the attention of the competition officials and organizing committee so that action can be taken as soon as possible. The decision of the committee on all issues is final.

Question should be directed to:

Past Regional Student Activities Committee Chair (RSAC), Dr. Eric S. Ackerman.