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5 International Programming Contests for Talented Youth

5 International Programming Contests for Talented Youth

Are you an enthusiastic high school or university student at programming? If you belong to the school’s programming club, why not enter for programming contests with your fellow members? Here is a list of international programming competitions for talented students who are aiming for higher goals.


  • International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI)

International Olympiad in Informatics is one of five international science olympiads. The contest is annually organised in one of the member countries to bring together exceptionally talented high school students from various countries and to have them share scientific and cultural experiences. The 2019 IOI was held in Azerbaijan from August 4-11, and Singapore will host the next 2020 IOI from 19 to 26 July. The participants need to complete the tasks that focus on algorithmic nature.


  • Imagine Cup

Imagine Cup is Microsoft’s international tech competition for student developers with 17 year history. The winners are rewarded with cash, prizes, travel, mentoring, networking opportunities and potential brilliant careers as the 2016 Finalist’s case shows – who later became a Microsoft Technology Evangelist.


  • International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC)

ICPC is one of the oldest and largest algorithmic programming contest for college students in the world. Over 50,000 students from 3,233 universities in 110 countries joined the 2018 ICPC regional competitions. The Competition is composed of three levels of contests (local, regional, and world contests) and each team consisting of three students represents their university.

  • IEEExtreme

Only student members of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) can participate in IEEExtreme. Each team competes against each other on-line to solve a set of programming problems in a 24-hour time span. The 1st winning team will receive an expenses-paid trip to an IEEE conference of their choice, anywhere around the world.


  • CodeWars

CodeWars is a programming competition for high school students or home-schooled students of equivalent ages in Bangalore, Barcelona, Fort Collins, Houston, Leon, Madrid, Roseville, and Taipei. The 2020 events in North America and Barcelona will be held on Saturday, March 7th.



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