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Success at the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest’s Northwest Europe regional heats


Teams from the University of Oxford showed off their skills in a programming teamwork challenge on the weekend of 27-28 March, held online, and hosted by Reykjavík University in Iceland. NWERC 2020 is an official regional contest in the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest. It draws students from colleges and universities throughout Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Great Britain, Ireland, Iceland, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Luxembourg. 120 teams took part this year. The winning team was from the University of Oxford! They are called "Los Patrons" and consist of the following students:

  • Lukas Michel, Worcester College
  • Costin-Andrei Oncescu, St John's College    
  • Stefan Constantin-Buliga, Balliol College

They will advance to the ACM ICPC World Finals.

Another Oxford team, called "Radoslav Dimitrov has a tree (unless", came 8th and won a silver medal:

  • Radoslav Dimitriov, Hertford College
  • Bogdan Sitaru, Hertford College    
  • Radostin Chonev, University College

Both teams were coached by Toby Cathcart Burn, Pembroke College.

In the contest, teams of up to three students had to try and solve as many programming problems as possible from a given problem set. The goal of each participating team is to solve as many problems as possible within the five-hour time limit.

The full scoreboard can be found here: