The University of Canterbury hosted all the local teams in the New Zealand Programming Competition for 2017 which ran on Saturday 19 August. Burnside High School had a strong showing with 4 teams made up of our best programmers, amongst 97 teams including school, tertiary and professional programmers all trying to answer the same mind-bending coding puzzles over a gruelling 5 hour competition.
Ben Hollows made a great start and spent some time in first place in New Zealand before ending in 16th place in the country. The BurnsideHS team, containing Vincent Lee, Grant Wong and Eric Song finished strongly and just missed out on completing a 30 point question that could have catapulted them into 3rd place.
The team of Callum McLoughlin, Ryan Worsley and Robin Wan battled hard in their first ever competition to end up in the top half of the table and the team of Nathan van Slooten, Joshua Lobb and Harrison Camm showed a lot of potential in their first ever attempt at this challenging national event.
think you have what it takes to compete, there are still more
opportunities with the NZ Informatics Olympiad camp coming up at
the end of the year, hosted here in Canterbury and the
opportunity to try out for the New Zealand International team who
will go on to compete in Japan next year.