International Programming Proggy-Buggy Towel Contest – 2024

Mark your calendars for May 25, 2024, and don’t forget to take a towel! We invite you to participate in the annual informal International Programming Proggy-Buggy Towel Contest.
Why a towel? The concept of a Proggy-Buggy Contest is derived from Douglas Adams’s book The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. As you know, we are fans of this novel (42 minutes, towels, traveling, etc.). Spring Contest is called the Towel Contest and is held on Towel Day. It is celebrated worldwide every year on May 25th as a tribute to the author Douglas Adams by his fans. The towel is the most helpful item for an interstellar traveler and helps in any problematic situation. It has become a tradition for participants to come to the May competitions with towels.
🌟 We invite students, developers, testers, and all people who understand how programs are written, know what “console applications” and “standard input/output streams” are, and like to solve unsolved problems.
Contest rules:
Only solo participants
— Three categories of participants: Amateurs, Professionals, and Superheroes (description of categories is available on
— Participants must solve 13 algorithmic problems in 42 minutes.
— You may write code in any programming language listed in the Programming Languages and Compilers section.
— During the contest, all communications must be in English to ensure everyone understands each other.
— Participants are only allowed to use information published before the start of the contest.
— Participants are not allowed to use support from coaches or third-party participants
— The problems will be officially available on May 25th. The contest will begin after the final countdown on the YouTube stream.
❗Participants residing in the territory of the Russian Federation, as well as in other sanctioned territories, are not allowed to take part in the Proggy-Buggy Contest.❗
The Contest is held online, but you can join from one of our DataArt offices worldwide. The list of locations will be published on the registration page about a month before the event.
📣 Participation is free, but don’t forget to register:
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