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Waterloo teams take top spots at CAN-CWiC programming challenge

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Teams of programmers from the University of Waterloo took the top spots at the 2017 Canadian Celebration of Women in Computing conference’s programming challenge. The contest began with an online qualifying round held over October 6 to 8, 2017, in which 345 teams registered, of which 71 were official teams of female students from a Canadian university.

At the end of the qualifying round, 10 teams advanced to compete in the finals: a capture-the-flag contest held on November 3, 2017 as part of the 2017 CAN-CWiC conference at Le Centre Sheraton Hotel in Montreal. The competition included cyber-security, programming and general computer-related challenges.

“In the final competition, four of the five top teams were registered as University of Waterloo contestants,” said Professor Jo Atlee, Director of Women in Computer Science at the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science. “I’m extremely proud of our teams and their excellent standing in the contest.”

Along with the programming challenge, CAN-CWiC provides an opportunity for women in computing from across Canada to meet and network. The event also features prominent keynote speakers, panels, workshops and presentations, as well a large career fair.

Winning CAN-CWiC teams

Team DrRacket — first place with 675 points ($600 prize)

  • Apolline Saint-Mleux, Universite de Montreal
  • Amy Liu, University of Waterloo
  • Sakshi Garg, University of Toronto

Team TL from University of Waterloo — second place with 670 points ($400 prize)

  • Amy Sun
  • Lucy Chen
  • Tina Zhao

Team Bubble Tea from University of Waterloo — third place with 505 points ($200 prize)

  • Amy Li
  • Geirthana Sivagnanalinga