NTNU student programming teams won the gold, silver, and bronze medals in the National part of the Nordic Collegiate Programming Contest (NCPC) 2009. Two of the top five teams in the Nordic challange were from NTNU. Team Excors (Ruben Spaans, Eirik Reksten, and Håkon Hitland) - the best NTNU team - came in 3rd place, and team Nanashi Z came in 5th place.
The programming contest was held on Saturday 3rd of October 2009, with a record high 140 participants and 53 programming teams from NTNU. It is impressive to see so many students gather at 10:15 on a Saturday for a 5 hour programming contest.
The NCPC event was coordinated between several Nordic universities. All the five Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden) participated at the same time, making it a true Nordic event. The University of Oslo participated with nine teams, and the University of Bergen was represented by five teams. NTNU had 53 teams at NCPC, 23 more than last year. NCPC is part of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest.
Yahoo! and Tandberg sponsored the eventen, and Tandberg has offered to coach the winning team ahead of the North Western European Regional Competion (NWERC) in November. The best teams from the NWERC event will be qualified for the World Championship in programming.