Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham Announces All-India Coding Competition for Girls

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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.
Admissions for ICPC Algo Queen Girls’ Programming Cup are free and open at
www.amrita.edu/algoqueen. The last date to apply is October 25, 2022.
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.

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