General Information

Spring 2024 – CodeChef Edition

Contest Date: Saturday, March 09, 2024

Location: J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. Center for Academic Excellence, 227 N Harmon Ave, Fayetteville, AR 72701


Schedule (02/09/2024)

  • 8:15AM – Registration and breakfast
  • 9:15AM – Welcome Session
  • 10:00AM – Contest Start
  • 1:00PM – Lunch
  • 2:00PM – Awards
  • 3:00PM – Contest End

Programming Contest Rules

Contest Environment

  • Utilize the web-based contest environment for code writing, compilation, running, testing, and submission.
  • Programs will be tested based on critical test data; input and output should precisely match the provided samples.
  • On the contest day in the JBHT building, contestants will have access to only the contest URL and no other websites (including pages).

Team Registration

  • Coaches are responsible for registering CodeChef accounts.
    • One account per team of up to 3 members.
  • Each team will use the registered account to submit codes during the contest.
  • Each individual (students, coaches, visitors) attending the contest must fill out the Qualtrics Registration Form in order to attend. CodeChef usernames are required before filling out the form.

Programming Languages

  • C
  • C++ (v14 and v17 supported)
  • Java
  • Python3

Problem Structure

  • Each problem will have a Title, Statement, Input, and expected Output formats. Input constraints are optional.
  • Contestants should refer to the CodeChef practice problems to familiarize themselves with the problem structure.


ACM ICPC Style Ranklist will be utilized.

  • Teams will be ranked based on the score.
  • In the case of a tie, rankings will be determined by ‘Total Penalty,’ calculated as the sum of the time elapsed when submitting the correct solution and a penalty of 20 minutes for every rejected submission (Wrong answer, Runtime error, Time limit exceeded) for solved problem. Lower ‘Total Penalty’ ranks higher.
  • Total time is the time taken to solve a problem since the start of the contest.
  • Compilation Errors do not contribute towards the 20-minute penalty.
  • Time elapsed or penalty is not considered for any unsolved problem. 


See our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information!