Twins top Irish contingent at programming competition

Conor & Darragh Griffin
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6 October 2014 | 0

First year DCU Computational Problem Solving and Software Development (CPSSD) students Conor and Darragh Griffin  – competing as Team Brute Force – were ranked the top team in Ireland at this year’s UK/Ireland Intercollegiate Programming Competition held at DCU’s School of Computing last Saturday.

The twins finished first out of 10 teams from Ireland and 15th in an overall field of 70 teams.

This is the first time DCU has been the Irish host site for the competition and the second time a DCU CPSSD team has won the Irish section of the competition.

Conor and Darragh Griffin are no strangers to competitive programming having competed in the second level All-Ireland Programming Olympiad for the previous two years. Conor also won a place on the Irish team to travel to the International Olympiad in Informatics in Taipei next July.

The UKIEPC is a practice competition for the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest where teams of undergraduates have five hours to solve a set of 10 programming problems. The twins hope to go to the next stage of the ICPC in Sweden this November were they would compete against university teams from across northern Europe.

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