GUWAHATI, Aug 6: Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (AVV) is all set to organise a virtual coding competition for female school students from grade 8 to 12, called the ICPC Algo Queen Girls’ Programming Cup. The first-of-its-kind event, sponsored by IBM Quantum, is intended to encourage girls in India to take part in coding competitions by providing them training in competitive coding and quantum computing.
Educational sessions, workshops, multi-tier competitions, and career advice events will be organised online every week as part of the event till the finals are to be held in February 2023. These would allow students to participate flexibly, improve their algorithmic skills, learn how to program quantum computers, and earn credentials from ICPC’s top-level international events. Admissions for ICPC Algo Queen Girls’ Programming Cup are free and open till October 25 next.
Prof Maheshwara Chaitanya, director, Admissions and Academic Outreach, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, who is also deputy director, ICPC Asia, said, “Only 28% of the world’s researchers are women. We need more girls to be part of the technological revolution, especially in competitive programming and coding. We need to understand which obstacles keep girls away from STEM and how we can encourage them to overcome these. The ICPC Algo Queen Programming Cup aims to stream the brightest mathematical minds among girl students into a productive world of algorithms and computer science. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham has been hosting the world’s largest collegiate programming contest, the ICPC, for the past 15 years in India. Now, we wish to provide free training in programming to girl students through the ICPC Algo Queen Programming Cup.”
Dr. William Poucher, executive director of ICPC, said, “The ICPC Foundation is delighted to announce and endorse the ICPC Algo Queen Girls Programming Cup conducted by Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. Designed primarily for girls, it will offer workshops and competitive programming opportunities designed to rapidly develop coding skills and algorithmic problem-solving prowess.”