Avalanche 2007, the Annual Symposium was conducted by the CSE dept of my college 0n 28th September.
It was quite well organised, and I believe all events went on like a charm. Debugging prelims was nearly perfect. There was only a minor mistake in one question in Level 3 (Debugging was computer-adaptive).
Finals turned out to be just too ambitious. It was a programming round. Out of 4 questions, 3 were programming contest style involving Brute force and Complete search. The last one was simple.
I had built a simple Online-Judge, and required contestants to copy-paste their code into it. The OJ ran on GCC/G++. However, it seems none of the participants were used to GCC and were reporting compile errors for <conio.h>, clrscr() and a host of non-standard functions such is islower() or whatever.
At this point, I decided to strip the contest down – Get it running on your machine. I still didn’t work. I stripped it down to the rock bottom, telling them to get the output of the sample input given :p.
Ultimately, we had a winner (fortunately) and a runner-up (phew)..
Finally, I had to deliver the vote of thanks, and I believe I did a reasonable job by not messing up.
Overall, I’m sure Avalanche was one of the better symposiums around.
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