The Internal Programming Competition (IPC) is an intellectually challenging and simulating team-based programming competition held once every semester and is open to all CMU-Q undergraduate students. Teams of 1 to 3 students participate in time-tested programming puzzles to solve the maximum number of puzzles to win the honors. While CS students participate in large numbers, the competition sees a fair share of Information Systems and Business Administration students give the CS students a run for their money in this 4-hour-long battle.
The winners of this this competition are sent to the ACM Regionals, and the GCC programming competition.
The GCC programming competition (formerly called National Programming Competition) is an annual programming competition for undergraduates from across the GCC, and is held in Dubai, UAE. Usually, the top 2 winners of the IPC are sent to take part in this competition after being trained, coached and mentored by the CS faculty at CMU-Q.
In 2009, two teams representing CMU-Q teams won the 1st and 2nd places places in this competition.
IEEXtreme is a 24 hour long programming competition organized by the IEEE every year and is open to undergraduate and graduate students from across the world. This competition sees over 1000 participating teams every year battle it out to solve the maximum number of intense programming puzzles. CMU-Q's CS students are invited to participate every year and are encouraged and supported in this process by the entire program.
In the past, our teams have made it into the top 50 teams across the world.
The iSTEP program (innovative Student Technology ExPerience) is a unique summer internship program that provides CMU students with the opportunity to conduct technology research projects in developing communities. It provide students with real-world experience in applying their knowledge and skills for creative problem-solving in unfamiliar settings. It was started in 2009 within TechBridgeWorld, a CMU initiative dedicated to improving people's lives by enhancing and sharing advances in technology to promote sustainable development throughout the globe. iSTEP is open to CMU students from both the Pittsburgh and the Qatar campus.
The Annual CS Treasure Hunt is a fun-filled and exciting treasure hunt that revolves around deciphering and decrypting logic/CS clues to figure out a master combination to open the TREASURE CHEST. This hunt is open to all CMU-Q undergraduate students and is one of the most popular social activity in the university, where students get to team up with CS faculty and postdocs. The aim of the competition is to engage everyone in problem solving in a social way and have lots of fun while learning.
In the past, several students have been seen running hastily around the campus building at night during the competition in a hope to beat the rest of the teams.
In late April, when the Spring semester is almost over, the end-of-year party is an opportunity to poke fun at each other, have a good time, and forget for the evening about the looming finals (both for students and professors). The end-of-year party is entirely run by the CS students, and it features activities such as skits, baby photos, memorable quotes, and other quirkiness. The food is always great!
On the first Thursday of every month, CS students, faculty and staff join together for a social barbecue. There, we get to chat informally about things other than what we talk about in class or in the lab in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. And we welcome non-CS people too!
Join us for some good food and good company.