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Poles Win Programming Contest
April 29, 2014   
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Polish programmers eclipsed peers from countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Iran and Japan in an international programming contest held in the coastal Polish city of Gdynia.

Three Polish programmers—forming a team called the Precision Screwdrivers—won the contest, and two other Polish teams, SajchoPaczoSajgon and Queueing, finished second and third respectively.

The contest, the Asseco Programming Marathon24, was jointly organized by CodiLime, Asseco Poland and the city of Gdynia. It was open to all programmers, regardless of their age, education and job experience. The prize money was zl.30,000.

The contest took place in late November and early December at the Pomeranian Science and Technology Park in northern Poland and attracted 30 teams from Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Iran, Austria, Serbia and Japan. The contestants had to solve three complex problems.

The winning Precision Screwdrivers team was made up of Eryk Kopczyński, Marcin Mucha and Paweł Parys. They walked away with the main prize: zl.5,000 for each team member.

The runners-up were Marek Cygan, Jakub Pachocki and Przemysław Dębiak from the SajchoPaczoSajgon team. Each of them pocketed zl.2,500.

The Queueing team, which finished third, was made up of Szymon Gut, Michał Trybus and Michał Krasnoborski. Each team member received zl.1,000 in prize money.

Apart from Polish programmers, Japanese and Belarusian teams were among the top 10.

Tomasz Kułakowski, CEO of CodiLime, said, “The contest proved a success not only because it drew competitors from Poland, Europe and all over the world, but also because of the high level of the competition. I'm sure Marathon24 will become a permanent fixture among international programming competitions and attract the best programmers in the world.”

Adam Góral, CEO of Asseco Poland, said the competition encourages young people to broaden their knowledge and improve their programming skills.

Teams of three can participate in the Marathon24 contest. It consists of two stages. The first is a five-hour qualifying stage during which participants are required to solve online problems. The best 20 to 30 teams make it into the second stage, which takes place at the Pomeranian Science and Technology Park in Gdynia. This final stage of the competition goes on nonstop for 24 hours.

The contest aims to bring together programmers and leading IT companies on the Polish market.
Olga Majewska
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