All-India Coding Competition for Girls
Mumbai August 2, 2022: Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham has announced it is going to organize a virtual coding competition for female school students from grades 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 advisement events will be organized online every week as part of the event till the Finals 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.
Said Prof. Maheshwara Chaitanya, Director, Admissions & Academic Outreach, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, who is also Deputy Director, ICPC Asia, “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 aim of ICPC Algo Queen Programming Cup is 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.”
Said Dr. William Poucher, Present of ICPC Foundation and Executive Director of ICPC: “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.”
IBM Quantum, an industry leader in quantum computing, believes quantum education should be accessible and inclusive, and is working to reduce barriers of entry for students around the world. Throughout the 2022-2023 ICPC Algo Queen season, IBM Quantum will conduct the Quantum Explorers program, a gamified approach to learning quantum, comprising engaging study materials, seminars, achievements to unlock, and career advice. Participants will gain a general understanding of quantum computing, some applications such as quantum machine learning and optimization, and learn to program real quantum computers.
Started locally in the Asia West region, the Algo Queen Girls’ Programming Cup initiative will join a series of ICPC Global activities, and also be open to participants from other regions of the world. ICPC Foundation has been serving underserved communities, raising aspirations, improving performance, and bringing people together through its initiatives and events for over 40 years to narrow the gap.
About Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
Ranked in the 5th position in the country by the government, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham is a multi-campus, multidisciplinary university accredited with an A++ rating, the highest possible, by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). It is also ranked as India’s 5th Best University in the 2022 National Institution Ranking Framework (NIRF). On the international level, Amrita is ranked 41st in the world, the only Indian university in the top 50, by the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings, 2022—a system of global indicators to assess the progress of universities towards the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addition, the United Nations has awarded the university two UNESCO Chairs, namely the UNESCO Chair for Experiential Learning for Sustainable Innovation & Development and the UNESCO Chair on Gender Equality & Women’s Empowerment.
Educating a vibrant student population of over 24,000 by 1700+ strong faculty. Accredited with the highest possible ‘A++’ grade by NAAC, Amrita offers more than 250 UG, PG, and Ph.D. programs in Engineering, Management, and Medical Sciences including Ayurveda, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Agriculture Sciences, Arts & Humanities, and Social & Behavioral Sciences. With seven campuses at Amaravati, Amritapuri, Bengaluru, Chennai, Coimbatore, Kochi, and Mysuru and a new upcoming campus at NCR Delhi (Faridabad) and spread over 1200+ acres with 100 lacs square feet of built-up space, Amrita is one of India’s top-ranked private university.
Amrita is headquartered at Coimbatore and spread across seven campuses in four states—Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh. The university globally partners with academic, industry, and governmental institutions to accomplish human-centered, translational, and groundbreaking research. To date, Amrita has more than 500 collaborations from more than 200 signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs). Some of its partners include Harvard University, Columbia University, King’s College London, KTH – Royal Institute of Technology, VU Amsterdam, the British Geological Society, University of Oxford, Italian National Research Council, Deakin University, and the University of Tokyo. Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma) is a world-renowned humanitarian leader who is the founder, Chancellor, and guiding light of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. Amma’s words, thoughts, and vision for education and research founded upon universal values have shaped the university’s mission and vision.
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