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BCIS students place in top 25 per cent globally ?at 24-hour competition

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IEEE StudentsResults are in from the fall’s Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Xtreme Programming world-wide competition; one of Okanagan College’s first-year Bachelor of Computer Information Systems teams made-up of Rob Bro, Martin Wallace, and Kevin Hall placed in the top 25 teams across Canada, and top 500 world-wide out of 2,000 global teams (and more than 6,400 students). This was the first year the College entered.  

Four three-member OC teams (12 students) participated in the consecutive 24-hour competition that saw student teams solve 29 unique problems using different algorithms and then translate those algorithms into a computer language. Their solutions were tested for accuracy, speed and correctness. The students stayed at the Kelowna campus for the round-the-clock event, working hard to solve these problems. It was the first time any of them competed in a programming competition, and Computer Information Systems Department Chair Dr. Youry Khmelevsky and Professor Kenneth Chidlow coached them.

“I don’t think any of us knew what to anticipate,” said Bro. “Some of the questions were super simple, however there were questions that were solvable but required you to solve them in a particular way to pass the time constrains. It was quite the challenge but lots of fun.”
The students have now formed an IEEE student branch at Okanagan College and will be looking forward to many more activities through 2016 including the Global Game Jam on Jan. 29. For more information, visit the website

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