IEEEXtreme Programming Competition 9.0



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.


IEEEXtreme 9.0 will be held 24 October 2015 00:00:00 UTC. Registration will be open between 17 August 2015 and 12 October 2015.


  • All participants must be IEEE members (Student member or Graduate Student member only) to register and compete in the competition. IEEE membership numbers are required.
  • Participants must compete as part of a team of up to three IEEE Student or Graduate Student members. Teams should only include a maximum of two Graduate Student members per team.
  • Universities and colleges can have multiple teams.
  • Each team must have a proctor to supervise during the 24-hour programming competition.
  • Team members must solve and complete the problems without assistance from others.
Please note that the intent and spirit of the competition is for the students, not others, to solve a problem. People acting as proctor must limit the level of support and must not contribute in any other form that might be considered original authorship, or in any way that may enable claims of rights or ownership to the submitted entries. In no case will work on behalf of teams or individuals be allowed.


A proctor is mandatory for each team participating in the competition.

Proctors should be an IEEE member of higher membership grade (not an undergraduate or Graduate Student member).

Student Branch Counselors, Department Chairs, or IEEE GOLD members make great proctors as they are all higher-grade IEEE members. Teams may want to recruit two proctors so that one can take a break to rest during the 24-hour competition.
Proctor tasks include:
  • Monitoring the general flow of the activity
  • Informing students when the competition begins, at the middle of it, when there are six hours left, and when there is one hour left
  • Ensuring that no one external to the team members helps or assists the student participants in resolving the problems in any way.

A proctor can monitor no more than eight teams.


As IEEEXtreme is a virtual online competition, a physical location, or venue, must be identified for participants to use during the 24-hour competition.
Venues can be in an IEEE Student Branch office, a college lab, or another location on campus. It must be a place that participants can use for the 24 hours during the competition, it should be equipped with at least one computer, and some type of connection to the internet must be provided.
A proctor must be physically located within the venue at all times throughout the 24-hour competition.

Student Branch activity

Student Branches, if able, should support and help to the participating teams, helping locate an appropriate venue for use during the competition, promoting the competition, assisting in identifying appropriate proctors, and increasing awareness of the student branch presence on campus.

Students attending universities who do not have an IEEE Student Branch on campus can still participate in the IEEEXtreme competition. This is an opportunity to bring students together to have fun with IEEE activities. Consider using this opportunity as a way to form a Student Branch.


All active participants in the competition will receive a digital certificate and gift. "Active participant" is described as a team that makes a reasonable attempt at solving a problem.

Prizes for IEEEXtreme 9.0

1st place: The winning team members will receive an expenses-paid trip to an IEEE conference of their choice, anywhere around the world. Roundtrip coach airline tickets for each winner from winner’s preferred major metropolitan airport to the conference destination, conference registration fees, and a three night hotel stay (confirmation pending) will be provided by IEEE for winning team members.

2nd place: Each member of the team that wins 2nd place in the IEEEXtreme 9.0 competition will receive an iPad Air.

3rd place: Each member of the team that wins 3rd place in the IEEEXtreme 9.0 competition will receive an iPad Mini.

4th-10th place: Each member of the 4th through 10th place teams in the IEEEXtreme 9.0 competition will receive a Raspberry Pi computer.

Top 100: All members of teams that place in the top 100 at the end of the competition will receive a special edition IEEEXtreme 9.0 gift bundle, including a reserved IEEEXtreme “Top Coder” t-shirt.

Taxes, if any, are the sole responsibility of each winning team member. Void where prohibited by federal law.


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