The BCS Mid-Wales Programming Contest 2021 was held on Saturday June 26th.
Participants had four hours to complete programming puzzles online, coordinated using the BCS Mid-Wales Discord server. Puzzles included some classical problems from the Sphere Online Judge (SPOJ) programming contest site, and some tailor-made puzzles written by the contest organisers. Over the course of four hours, all entrants managed to solve several of the tasks.
As we entered our final half hour, team Travelling Salesmen had a clear lead over all other participants. Excitingly, second place slot (and best individual performance) was tied three-ways. Laurence Tyler pulled ahead in the last 20 minutes by solving a COVID-safe-cinema-seating puzzle, to come second overall and first in the individual category.
The best student performance was a tie, with Sonny Ash and Adrian Dębski level on 60 points when the bell rang at 4pm. The best student prize was determined by a tie-breaker sudden death puzzle which gave the event a truly nail-biting conclusion.
Congratulations to all participants, particularly the winning team (Travelling Salesmen) who solved all bar one puzzle (showing us that we have to come up with some harder challenges for next year!).
Best team: Will Wright, Sean Seow, and Julian Chong win prizes worth £50 each.
Best non-student individual: Laurence Tyler wins a prize worth £50.
Best student individual: Adrian Dębski wins a prize worth £50.
Second place student individual: Sonny Ash wins a prize worth £25.