Its been just 7 days since the registrations for participation in Bitwise – An Annual Algorithm Intensive Online Programing Contest hosted by Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Kharagpur started. And we have crossed the magic figure of 1000 already. Thanks to all the participants 🙂
What is more interesting is the statistics and the geographical distribution of the registered participants. We have coders from more than 30 countries ! With entries from Cornell, Purdue, Utah, Texas A&M, Florida, Maryland and other top Universities United States has the maximum number of participants outside India. Bangladesh, Poland, Singapore, U.K., and Canada are following US very closely in the number of teams. Rest of the countries have just a couple of teams but we have started receiving many a hits from them lately and are sure that they will catch up the aforementioned very soon.
We even have 4 teams from Iran, and a couple teams from Vietnam, Ukraine, Uganda, Oman and Cuba. And a couple hours back we also received our first team from Kazakhstan. I was so very sure that it is spelled as Kazakhastan and had to look up wikipedia to realize my mistake !
Apart from the Ivy League colleges mentioned above, we also have algorithm enthusiasts from SPb ETU and NNSU (Russian Federation), UWe and Carcow UT (Poland), University of Lugano (Switzerland), Central University of Las Villas (Cuba), BUET (Bangladesh), NUS (Singapore), Bina Nusantara University (Indonesia), PSG and U of Edinburgh (UK), U of Helsinki (Finland), Majan College (Oman), SFU and York University (Canada), DAIICT (Australia), Sharif University of Technology and Fferdowsi University Mashhad (Iran), MIPT (Ukraine) and the list goes on . . . [Excuse my spellings, I’ve always been poor at Geography 😦 ]
Apart from the Universities and High Schools, a large number of teams from top-notch IT organizations have also participated. Some of them are Microsoft, Cognizant Technology Solutions, Samsung (SISO), Cisco Systems and Google. Given the huge number of participations in such a short span of time, it seems the 9th edition of Bitwise is going to be big.. really big !
We’re expecting about 5000 teams by the end of next week. And it’s going to be one hell of a job managing all the teams and their submissions on the D-day. Enigma – the precursor of Bitwise has been a huge success with participants trying out their hands at funky puzzles testing their sharpness and ability to relate some really funny pictures with computer terminologies used in day to day life. It has been so successful that there are plans to launch Enigma II on popular demand.
Thanks to our sponsors – Google, Samsung and Synopsis for shelling out money from their pockets so that we could arrange the prizes for our lucky winners.
Bitwise 2010 | IIT Kharagpur
Date: 14th February, 1200 hrs (IST)