The 4th edition of the Gulf Programming Contest (GPC) 2014, held at the American University in Dubai (AUD) and organized by the AUD School of Engineering, saw the participation of over 130 students from universities all over the GCC.
The Gulf Programming Contest is an opportunity for university students majoring in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Management Information Systems, Information Technology, or any IT-related subjects to demonstrate their skills in programming and problem-solving. The contest is also an opportunity for students from different institutions in the same field to meet and exchange ideas.
Furthermore, this contest is a preparation for teams to participate in the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) regional and world-programming contest. The Gulf Programming Contest is an extension of the National Programming Contest (NPC) that has been running for the last ten years for university students in the United Arab Emirates. Because a number of universities from neighboring Gulf States have shown a strong interest in NPC and have participated during the past few years, the NPC Steering Committee decided to upgrade the contest to include the Gulf universities.
“This is a Gulf-wide competition and we are very excited to interact with students representing five countries in the GCC and we are delighted to be hosting it at AUD. The spirit of competition is alive and grows year after year,” commented Dr. Adnan El Nasan, Chair and Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, AUD
Commenting on the growth of the competition, Dr. Saad Harous, Chair of the Steering Committee, UAE University, said that: “this is the biggest turn out since the inception of the competition, we have over 41 teams of 3 students each, representing all of GCC. We are very enthused to see the programming analysis and team work that have taken place.”
Mr. Simon Hudson, CEO and founder of Brndstr, the event’s Gold Sponsor, was the keynote speaker for the Opening ceremony of GPC 2014. Mr. Hudson, a young entrepreneur shared his story with the audience about his trials and successes and warned the young audience to be dreamers and innovators.
Other sponsors included National Instruments, Business Communications LLC, Keithley and Tektronix (silver sponsors).
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