Lucid Programming Competition

Join us for the 9th annual Lucid Programming Competition. Compete virtually against students from universities across the US for a chance to win an Amazon gift card worth up to $350. It's always a good time—you won't want to miss it!

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Lucid Programming Competition

Programming Competition

Event details


Date and time

Saturday, October 30, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. MDT
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT
100% virtual

Participating Universities

Students from the following universities will be joining the competition. The competition is open to all current university students.

  • Brigham Young University (BYU)
  • North Carolina State University (NCSU)
  • University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder)
  • University of Michigan (Michigan)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC Chapel Hill)
  • Oregon State University (OSU)
  • University of Utah (U of U)
  • Utah State University (USU)


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Free stuff

  • This year’s competition T-shirt (guaranteed for those who complete at least 1 problem and provide a shipping address upon registration)

  • $250 in raffle prizes at each location (all participants will be entered into the raffle automatically, but participants must be present to win)


9:00 a.m. MDT (11:00 a.m. EDT) Kick-off meeting over Zoom

9:15 a.m. MDT (11:15 a.m. EDT) Ready, set, go!

Code like crazy

1:15 p.m. MDT (3:15 p.m. EDT) Time’s up!

Take a short break

1:25 p.m. MDT (3:25 p.m. EDT) Prize raffle, winners announced, and solutions revealed

Competition details


  • The competition is open to all current university students.
  • Due to the competition being remote this year, students will compete individually and not in teams.
  • Participants will have 4 hours to solve as many problems as they can.

About the problems

  • Participants will receive at least 10 problems, ranging in difficulty from very easy to hard. The problems will be ordered randomly, not based on difficulty.
  • Problems will be online in HackerRank and must be submitted through HackerRank.
  • Participants can use any programming language, as long as it's supported by HackerRank.
  • All problems will use standard input and output.
  • Each problem will define the following:
    • Known test cases. Solutions can be run and re-run against these known test cases without any penalties.
    • Unknown test cases. Solutions will be graded based on these test cases upon submission.
    • A time limit. Solutions will time out and fail if not completed within the specified time limit. Algorithms may need to be optimized if submissions are timing out.


  • The participant who correctly solves the most problems within the allotted 4 hours will win the competition.

  • In the case of a tie, the winner will be determined by the lowest cumulative time to solve each problem. (Note: A 20-minute penalty will be added for each incorrect submission on problems that were eventually solved.)


The top 10 participants from each university will take home Amazon gift cards! Here’s how it breaks down:

  • At each university...
    • 1st place: $250
    • 2nd place: $200
    • 3rd place: $100
    • 4th place: $100
    • 5th place: $100
    • 6th place: $100
    • 7th place: $50
    • 8th place: $50
    • 9th place: $50
    • 10th place: $50
  • The top three participants across all universities will receive an additional $100 each

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