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IEEEXtreme is a global challenge in which teams of IEEE Student members, supported by an IEEE Student Branch, advised and proctored by an IEEE member, compete in a 24-hour time span against each other to solve a set of programming problems.


Official results

The IEEEXtreme 7.0 Global Programming Competition took place 26 October 2013 and recognized some of the world's top up-and-coming programmers.

The grand prize winner was cofrades from Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria of Peru. They will receive an expenses-paid trip to an IEEE conference of their choice, anywhere around the world.

The second- and third-place winners were FINKI01 from Univ. Sts. Cyril and Methodius - Skopje, FCSE, Macedonia, and Illidan from Sun Yat-sen University, China. Each team member will receive an iPad.

View the 2013 winners document to see who competed and how they placed (PDF, 276 KB)

View the 2013 winners as ranked by Region (PDF, 190 KB)

View the 2013 winners as ranked by country (PDF, 187 KB)

View the 2013 winners as ranked by university (PDF, 201 KB) 


Rank Team Name University Region Country
1 cofrades Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria 9 Peru
2 FINKI01 Univ. Sts. Cyril and Methodius - Skopje, FCSE 8 Macedonia
3 Illidan Sun Yat-sen University 10 China
4 DanceParty Reykjavik University 8 Iceland
5 Escape Ecole Polytech Federal Lausanne-Epf Sb 8 Switzerland
6 Powerhouse Politehnica Univ Of Bucharest 8 Romania
7 SKT1 Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria 9 Peru
8 TeamCurtis Iowa State Univ 4 USA
9 CJI Institut Teknologi Bandung 10 Indonesia
10 ACM1PT Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria 9 Peru
11 ManiACs Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria 9 Peru
12 machan University of Moratuwa 10 Sri Lanka
13 zh3 McGill Univ 7 Canada
14 ForkBomb Univ Of Auckland 10 New Zealand
15 CumiLompat Institut Teknologi Bandung 10 Indonesia
16 Aparon Amirkabir Univ Of Tech 8 Iran
17 Expialidocious Alexandria University 8 Egypt
18 BJUTSteinsGate Beijing University of Technology 10 China
19 RainbowDash The Australian National University 10 Australia
20 UK1 University of Kentucky 3 USA
21 i2ks2azmn88543o3n02r Univ Of Southampton 8 United Kingdom
22 TwilightSparkle The Australian National University 10 Australia
23 CVAProgrammers KTH Royal Institute of Technology 8 Sweden
24 1729 University of Moratuwa 10 Sri Lanka
25 SharpSharks University of Moratuwa 10 Sri Lanka

IEEE volunteers

Sinan AlSheikh, IEEEXtreme 7.0 Project Lead

Sinan AlSheikh is currently working as an IT Consultant with IBM. As an undergraduate student, he filed his first US patent. AlSheikh earned his M.S. in Informatics from the British University in Dubai and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Sharjah. He is now looking forward to pursuing his Ph.D. AlSheikh's passion to innovation drives him for continuous studies and research, which is evident through his published papers in the area of human-computer interaction and natural language processing.

In addition to AlSheikh’s role in IEEEXtreme6.0, he has been an active volunteer for IEEE since 2004. With a record full of awards, he proudly speaks about his winning among 365 other inventors in a competition called "Made in Arab World." Bungee jumping, skydiving, motorcycle crossing and any other adrenaline-driven activities are his part-time passion. If you call him an adrenaline junkie, will you find him smiling and he will take it as a compliment. 

Srikanta Patanjali, IEEEXtreme 7.0 Technical Lead

Srikanta Patanjali is working at IBM as an application developer in Web services. He recently finished his post-graduate degree from IIIT-Bangalore, India, and has been an IEEE member for six years. He has played an active role in local IEEE activities from the days of his engineering studies and was also a co-developer for the Global Integrated Network of IEEE Members (GINI) Collaboration Tool.

Patanjali was a Sub-Region Student Representative for IEEE Region 10 in 2011. Presently, he is part of IEEE GOLD Bangalore and the IEEE Bangalore Section Executive Committee. He is also part of the core organizing committee of IEEE All India Student Congress 2012. Patanjali loves to travel and meet people from different cultures.

Dushyantsinh Jadeja, IEEEXtreme 7.0 Industry Lead

Dushyant Jadeja works as a Software Business Manager with Intel and is responsible for Partner and Developer Relations in APAC. In his previous experience working with Microsoft, he was instrumental in creating and leading ISV Partner strategy. His experience working with ISV Partners ranges from startups to large/global ISVs, managing relationships with influencers and technical communities, and designing outreach programs for student/developer audiences in India.

On the personal side, Jadeja enjoys meeting and networking with people, understanding different business models, exploring problem-solving techniques, horse riding, traveling, and tasting different cuisines and beverages across the world.



Judges are extremely important to the success of the IEEEXtreme 6.0 24-hour programming competition. Without these technical-expert volunteers, the competition simply wouldn’t happen. Please join IEEE in recognizing the esteemed judges:

Bob Binder, System Verification Associates, Chicago, IL, USA

Robert V. Binder is a serial entrepreneur and software technologist with extensive systems engineering experience.

As President of System Verification Associates, he has provided solutions for clients facing existential regulatory challenges. As CEO and founder of mVerify Corporation, he took a unique solution for mobile app testing to market. He led RBSC Corporation’s consulting practice in software process and advanced software testing, delivering expertise and solutions globally.

Binder has developed hundreds of application systems and advanced automated testing solutions, including two projects released as open source. He was awarded a US patent for model-based testing of mobile systems.

He is internationally recognized as the author of the definitive "Testing Object-Oriented Systems: Models, Patterns, and Tools" and two other books. His 58 articles in leading publications and peer-reviewed journals have been cited over 2,100 times. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Software Testing, Verification, and Review and served as member of Agitar Software’s advisory board.
He received an M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a B.S. and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He is an IEEE Senior member and holds the CSDP.

Dr. Deepak Garg, India Engineers, ISC (Indian Science Congress), British Computer Society

Dr. Garg’s career started as a Software Engineer in IBM Corporation Southbury, CT, USA. He is Coordinator of NBA Nodal Center at Thapar University, which caters to North India Region.

Dr. Garg has taught important core subjects at graduate and undergraduate levels and is guiding 12 Ph.D. students and 17 M.Tech students. He has handled various research projects sponsored by Govt of India and organized two national conferences. Deepak has successfully organized 19 short-term courses on latest technologies including UGC refresher course, ISTE-AICTE Short Term Training Programme, DBT sponsored courses, NSTEDB (National Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board) sponsored workshops, Infosys sponsored Faculty Enablement Programme. Dr. Garg has 98 publications in various International Journals and conferences. He is serving in important Government committees and had been a member of Senate of Thapar University. With currently 15 years of teaching/research/development experience, Dr. Garg is on the advisory board of various organizations and has edited two books. After being nominated for the National Distinguished Lecture Series Program for deliver expert lectures on various advanced topics in Computer Science, Dr. Garg has found himself on the editorial board of 20 International Journals. For details, visit

Anoop Thomas Mathew, Cochin, India

Anoop Thomas Mathew is a Python Architect with years of experience specializing in Python. With the title of CTO @ Profoundis, he leads the engineering efforts at Profoundis, a startup company with products like itestifyit and vibe. He has spoken at conferences like Fifth Elephant 2012, FOSSMeet 2011, PyCon 2012, FOSSMeet 2013, and PyCon 2013, to name a few. He has been in the IEEEXtreme competition organizing team for past two years.

Muhammad Rafi, Pakistan

Muhammad Rafi is Assistant Professor at National University of Computer & Emerging Sciences (NUCES), Karachi Campus. He received a B.S. (Computer Science) and M.S. (Computer Science) from University of Karachi in 1996 and 2000, respectively. He was a Gold Medalist in the M.S. program. Rafi is an avid computer programmer who enjoys solving daily life computational problems. He was a pioneering member in setting up the premier programming competition ProCom (Programming Competition) of Karachi, which regularly held for past 15 years at NUCES-Karachi. He is also a final-year Ph.D. student, where he is working on the problem of document clustering based on semantics notions. Rafi has proposed a novel approach to document clustering based on Topic Maps. Nowadays he is writing his Ph.D. thesis and seems very busy.

On the personal side, he enjoys teaching computer science courses on programming and problem solving. He is a Microsoft Certified Trainer on C# and SQL Server 2000. He is a very popular faculty member at NUCES-FAST Karachi. In his free time, he enjoys reading computer science journals, watching sports on TV, playing cricket, mentoring students, traveling, and thinking.

Dimitrios Lyras, Germany

Dr. Dimitrios Lyras was born in Kozani, Greece, and received his diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering and his Ph.D. in Data Mining and Deductive Logic Reasoning from the University of Patras (Greece) in 2006 and 2010, respectively. He is presently working as a post-doctoral researcher at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, Germany, in the field of Statistical Multiple Sequence Alignment.

He is the co-author of several articles, published in peer-reviewed conferences in journals, and he has participated in numerous European research & development projects. Dr. Lyras has been serving the IEEEXtreme Programming contest as a judge since 2008 and he was awarded the IEEE MGA Achievement Award in 2009.

Dr. Oded Margalit, IBM, Israel

Dr. Oded Margalit earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Tel Aviv University in 1993 under the supervision of Professor Zvi Galil. He has been serving as a judge since 2008, and he was awarded the IEEE MGA Achievement Award in 2009. A scientist at IBM's Research Lab in Haifa, Israel, Margalit is currently working on formal verification technologies and is author of IBM’s Ponder-This monthly challenge site. An avid riddle and puzzle maven, Margalit has been known to focus this passion on setting up contests and challenges for coding, puzzle solving, and mathematical challenges.

Prem Sewak Sudhish, Dayalbagh Educational Institute, India

Prem Sewak Sudhish is a Senior member of IEEE and teaches Computer Science at Dayalbagh Educational Institute (DEI), India. He has a B.S. in Engineering with distinction from DEI and an M.S. from Stanford University, USA. He has over a decade of experience in teaching and is an avid aficionado of technology-enabled democratization and internationalization of education. He teaches cryptography, biometrics, machine intelligence, and theoretical computer science and his research interest is in security systems, soft computing, and machine consciousness. His prior experience includes entrepreneurship, academic administration, and volunteer consultation to the Government of India on national projects. 

Charalampos Tsimpouris, University of Patras, Patras, Greece

Charalampos Tsimpouris was born in 1985 and graduated in June of 2008 from the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at University of Patras. Since October 2008, Tsimpouris has been accepted as a Ph.D. student at the Wire Communication's Laboratory at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the same university, under Professor’s Sgarbas expertise. He has participated in the following programming contests: 2001 - 13th panhellenic programming contest held by PDP; 2002 - 14th panhellenic programming contest held by PDP; 2002 - 10th Balkan Olympiad in Informatics, held in Belgrade; and 2002 - 14th International Olympiad in Informatics, held in Yong-In, South Korea. Charalampos participated as a judge for IEEE Xtreme 6.0.


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