The World Computing Championships®
Have you heard of competitive programming competitions? Millions of high school students around the world participate in these competitions, which involve them programming the solution to a problem with given specifications. It's an impressive feat – medallists at competitions like the International Olympiad of Informatics demonstrate the highest level of Computer Science knowledge and skill.
But how do you get there? As a student who has never explored competitive programming or the software engineering industry, it seems like a daunting feat. And you're not alone. For this reason, the World Computing Championships® group students who have been exposed to similar levels of programming and are excited to learn more!
We want to help you surmount that challenge, and thus designed this competition with the following principles.
Inclusivity: Regardless of whether you started programming recently or designed your first algorithm years ago, we hope to provide the same level of challenge and learning opportunities to you.
In-depth Learning: We designed rounds to demonstrate your in-depth learning in several facets of computer science, enabling you to identify strengths and target improvements.
Variety: We've created 3 innovative rounds that develop creativity, problem identification, problem-solving and out-of-the-box thinking – skills that are not only used for programming but can be applied to several aspects of your life.
The WCC® consists of FOUR CONTESTS every season, so you can work on different skills between contests and measure your progress. Each contest is held online over a single weekend. Some rounds are synchronous (live timings) and some are asynchronous (participants can complete these rounds at their convenience over the weekend).
||2-4 October 2021
||4-6 December 2021
||12-14 February 2022
||2-4 April 2022
We plan to have two levels of competition - Junior (approximately ages 13 - 16, basic programming experience) and Senior (approximately ages 16 - 19, intermediate programming experience)
As a new competition, we're currently only offering Junior Level. If you have questions about its suitability for your skill level, please Contact Us.
Each contest has an Early Bird Pricing of SG$10, with the regular price being SG$18. Payments are made through Stripe, the secure payment gateway.
While this may change in the future, as of now students cannot register for contests themselves. Registration and payments are only possible through a parent or teacher account.
Once parents/teachers have completed all the necessary steps, they will receive student login details, which need to be passed on to the student.
Each registration can include any number of students, but a parent/teacher account can only apply once per competition.
If multiples of 3 students are registered together, they will be put into teams of 3 in the same order as they were input. During registration, there is a box to input a team codeword (the more unique the better). Please coordinate with your team and ensure that everyone puts the same codeword. In the event that you do not have a team of at least 2 people, please leave the field blank. We will put you on a team!
The round timing and details are shared on the student dashboard near to the contest date, and so participants need to log in maybe a few days beforehand to familiarise themselves with the set-up and the schedule.
- Implementation - because it's one thing to know to code, and another to use coding to solve real-world problems
- Resourcefulness - because some tasks come with obstacles that have to be overcome
- Creativeness - because some problems require you to step out of the box
- Individual - because we want to be challenged to be the best we can possibly be
- Team - because we need others to help us achieve our dreams
Individual Rounds will be individually completed by each participant, while Team Rounds will be completed by teams ('existing friends' or with the same residence/nationality)
Note: We use transcripts to denote Gold / Silver / Bronze awards. If you require a certificate for academic purposes, please email us!
Each contest consists of 6 rounds, which are grouped into the above categories as follows:
Participants sometimes think deeply alone, work in teams, be inspired by speakers and develop using their imagination!
This unique platform also enables participants to network and build lasting friendships - usually the main highlight of their schooling years.
For a more detailed breakdown of how the championships flow, please browse the other sections:
The most important prizes to be had are the intangible ones gained from such an experience. On top of that, all participants receive a transcript of relative attainment, which identifies their strengths and areas of improvement.
Thank you so much for supporting the WCC® and the mission behind it. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to Contact Us
The WCC Team