The IEEEXtreme is a global challenge in which teams of IEEE Student members– advised and proctored by an IEEE member, and often supported by an IEEE Student Branch – compete in a 24-hour time span against each other to solve a set of programming problems that can be answered in any of the supported languages (C, C++, C#, Java, Python, Ruby, Perl, and PHP). The competition includes questions of varying difficulty, from novice to expert levels. All teams receive the same problems and are expected to solve them without outside consultation. Points are awarded based on how the problem was solved and the time it took.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, this year’s competition was held online and therefore no local hub was organized as in previous years. This fact served as a catalyst for new collaborations between the Greek Student Branches. They launched a panhellenic organizational effort for the upcoming IEEEXtreme 14.0 Competition, focusing on three different axes; a coordinated online promotion for the competition, a common fundraising effort to provide extra benefits to the competition’s participants, as well as a Discord server for the Student Branches and the teams. The IEEE Greece Computer Chapter in collaboration with the student branches organised five IEEEXtreme training sessions, attended by more than 70 students in which problems related to previous competitions were discussed. The new Discord server will also be used as an online platform to enhance the communication and the collaborations between the IEEE Greece Student Members.
The competition was held between the 24th and the 25th of October 2020 and had a global participation of 4,132 teams with 9,494 contestants from 809 Student Branches and 73 countries. A number of 1,500 members participated as proctors of the teams. Marios Pappas, a student member from our section, was appointed as the Lead Ambassador for Region 8 (https://ieeextreme.org/team/), serving as a member of the executive committee of the contest.
The IEEE Greece Section took part with 65 teams from 12 Greek Universities; National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, University of Patras, Democritus University of Thrace, Technical University of Crete, University of Western Macedonia, (Kozani, Kastoria), University of Ioannina, University of Thessaly (Larissa, Volos), University of West Attica, International Hellenic University (Thessaloniki, Serres).
Three teams from the NTUA Student Branch ranked among the top 100 and two more NTUA teams between 100-150. The exact ranking of the top 5 Greece section’s teams was as follows: Backtrack boys on the 17th position, FooBarFighters on the 76th, HTML1337HACK3R5 on the 96th, ExtrIMS on the 108th and TsiliCoffeeShop on the 120th position, worldwide.
Prof Konstantina Nikita, IEEE Greece Section Chair addressed the following message to the participants and the organisers: “I would like to congratulate all of you for your commitment and the amazing results you bring every year! I believe that the IEEE students hold the future of our institute and thus it’s both an honor and a pleasure to have so many students from all over Greece involved in IEEE Xtreme and shine so brightly.”