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University of Moratuwa Team Wins the World Prize in IEEE Xtreme Competition

A University of Moratuwa Team, Mora Seekers, emerged victorious among 721 from more than 40 countries in the coveted IEEEXtreme global competition.

University of Moratuwa Team Wins the World Prize in IEEE Xtreme Competition

A University of Moratuwa Team, "Mora Seekers", emerged victorious among 721 from more than 40 countries in the coveted IEEEXtreme global competition. IEEEXtreme is the world's most extreme programming competition. The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) is the world's largest professional organization for advancement of science and technology with 365,000 IEEE members in over 160 countries around the world. It is the leading authority in many disciplines of engineering including computers. IEEEXteme, IEEE's extreme programming competition, is a global 24-hour online contest where student teams of three around the world solve a challenging set of programming problems. This is the first time a country in the Asia-Pacific IEEE won this global competition. Our students' glorious victory, then, is of huge magnitude. It beings glory to our region, our country, our universities, and our programming industry.

IEEEXTREME Programing Competition 3.0


List of Winners

IEEEXtreme is a challenging competition. It was held on held on October 24th. The online competition stated at 00:00 hours UTC and continued for 24 hours. During this time, the students had to solve real-world problems and provide solutions in Microsoft Visual C++, C/C++, Java or languages selected by IEEEXtreme as surprises! Within this 24-hour duration, IEEEXtreme releases problems at times of their choice using the Internet. The competitors have to understand the problem, research, plan a solution, divide tasks among the three team members, design the solution, program with the given language, and submit the solution using Internet. As such, this is well-known to be an extremely challenging, strenuous and the world's most "extreme" programming competition. Our students faced this immense challenge by using their taught and untaught knowledge, good teamwork, planning out activities, and taking breaks often to keep the concentration level up. All the groups that represented University of Moratuwa, faced the challenge well and completed the competition.

This year, IEEEXtreme has received an overwhelming response with the participation of more than 700 teams representing more than 40 countries. Twelve teams represented University of Moratuwa. IEEE published top 25 teams on their websites: http://www.ieee.org/web/membership/students/xtreme/2009results.html and http://www.ieeextreme.org. Top 25 teams include a team from Canada, Japan, Jordan, New Zealand, Romania, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and three teams from the United States. A team from University of Auckland, New Zealand and Chulalongkorn University, Thailand won the second and third place, respectively. There were teams representing world's top-ranked universities. University of Moratuwa's victory, in this context, is very significant.

Our students' remarkable achievement signifies the quality and skills of our students, the results of the University's policy to emphasize on the creativity among the students. University of Moratuwa is th best university in The winning team Lalintha Polpitiya, Chetiya Abeysinghe, and Parinda Jayasiri is yet another significant achievement of our students. Lalintha is in the third year reading for his B.Sc. Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering. Chetiya and Parinda are in the third year reading for their B.Sc. Engineering degrees in Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering. Department congratulates them on their victory.