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Nordic/Swedish/KTH Championships in Programming 2018

The NCPC will be on October 6 this year, and takes place simultaneously at a number of nordic universities, including KTH.

It is suitable both for those who wish to try a programming contest for the first time, as well as for those who have competed before and wish to compete internationally. We provide food and drinks during the contest. Afterwards we have a debriefing where we explaining the solutions, reveal the results, and hand out prizes.

A big thank you to Challengermode for sponsoring this year's contest in Stockholm!

Schedule for the contest

10.00: Introduction, room E1
10.40: To the computers
11.00: Contest starts!
Lunch provided
16.00: Contest ends!
16.15: Gather for solutions and prizes.

How does the contest work?

You compete in teams of up to three members. Each team has access to a single computer. At the start of the contest you get a set of problems (2017 had 11 problems). Over five hours you try to solve as many of the problems as possible. Each problem is solved by writing a program adhering to a given specification. The program is sent to a judging system which runs it against a series of test cases in order to verify that it produces correct results and is sufficiently efficient. The team solving the maximum number of problems wins and, if several teams solve the same number of problems, the team using the least total time wins.

You can read more detailed rules at the NCPC web page.


Registration is open. The registration deadline is October 3.

Teams registering early - no later than October 1 at 09:00 CEST - will be prioritized when it comes to T-shirts and food. Registration closes on Wednesday October 3 at 23:59 CEST.

We provide lunch - typically sandwiches. If you have dietary restrictions, contact Joseph (see below).

Who can compete at KTH?

The contest is open for everyone! You don't have to be a student or represent a university.

A message from our sponsor

Challengermode is a Swedish company founded in 2014 with the vision to create the best possible online competitive gaming experience. Our mission is to make esports as accessible for non-professional gamers as regular sports are for regular people. We believe that's crucial for esports to become the world's biggest sport.

We're hiring! Apply today or have a chat with us at D-Dagen on the 11th of October!

What do you win?

The most important prize is eternal glory and unlimited bragging rights, but mayhap there will also be some physical, more ephemeral prizes.

For student teams, a good result in the contest is also a merit for the selection of KTH teams for the Northwestern European Regional Contest (the qualifiers for the World Finals).

Local organizers

Sidansvarig: Joseph Swernofsky <>
Uppdaterad 2018-09-26