Call for Participation

The storm has passed, the island is completely devastated. Tens of people lost their life and hundreds have lost their home. The airport has been closed and roads are full of debris cutting communication between towns and restricting access to hospitals. You look by the window and you see what would be the perfect scenario for a post-apocalyptic movie. What is worse, you know that this is not the end, but just the beginning. The storm destroyed many important power lines and thousands of people find themselves without electricity, including several clinics. You heard in the radio that the authorities are rolling out an aggressive energy saving policy to avoid waste and reach as many citizens as possible. They ask for everybody to contribute in any possible way. The radio is still on and what you hear is just terrifying: ".. recent weather forecast predictions are anticipating a new storm approaching, extensive computer simulations are trying to clarify the magnitude and trajectory of the storm, however energy saving restrictions are limiting that effort.. ". You don't need to hear more, you know how you can help, you take your keys from over the table and think "Let's go!"

Are you addicted to coding and solving complex problems? Come to the 3rd Annual BSC/UPC HPC Hackathon and test your problem solving skills. In this competition you will be asked to think elegant and efficient solutions for challenging problems. Time will be your most important enemy, as you struggle to solve as many problems as possible in a limited time.


To participate, you will need good coding skills, primarily in C and shell, but knowledge in other programming languages such as C++ and python is recommended. You should also be familiar with version control systems, such as git and mercurial, and have a good knowledge on Unix systems. You will be asked to solve problems in three different topics: GPU/FPGA Computing, Parallel Programming and Software Security. You will be given access to high-end machines with last generation technology and high speed network. We will also provide you with food and beverages so that you can focus on coding.

The hackathon will take place on Friday November 30th, at the UPC Campus Nord - C6-E101 Room, at 10h. A jury will evaluate the participants and the winners will take home nice prizes.