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Hendrix Hosts Inaugural Programming Contest

Hendrix team takes top honor at ICPC-style competition

Participants in the inaugural HCPC, held March 30, 2024 (photo by Kendra Baldwin)

ICPC CONWAY, Ark. (April 11, 2024) — Hendrix College recently hosted its inaugural Hendrix College Programming Contest.

The in-person, International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC)-style competition was co-sponsored by Acxiom Corporation, Hendrix, and Kattis. Teams of up to three students competed to solve as many programming challenges as possible during the five-hour contest.

A team from Hendrix won the contest, successfully solving 9 out of 12 problems during the allotted time. The team included Matthew Kalahiki ’24, Katherine Reid ’25, and Colin Phillips ’26, who also did well at the ICPC regional contest in Fort Smith earlier this semester.  

Second and third place went to two teams from Harding University that solved 5 and 4 problems, respectively.

The contest’s goal was to develop students’ teamwork, programming skills, and the kind of algorithmic thinking and problem-solving that will truly set them apart in academia and industry, according to Dr. Brent Yorgey, an associate professor of mathematics and computer science at Hendrix, who helped organize the program and served as contest director.

“The contest was very successful with 15 teams participating, which is a great size to start off with, and we look forward to an even bigger contest next year,” said Yorgey. “Everyone seemed like they were having fun and engaged, and every team solved at least one problem correctly.

“I’m proud of what we achieved with the contest and hope it will help spur more engagement with competitive programming in Arkansas and in our region more broadly,” Yorgey added.

About Hendrix College

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges and celebrated among the country’s leading liberal arts colleges for academic quality, engaged learning opportunities and career preparation, vibrant campus life, and value. The Hendrix College Warriors compete in 21 NCAA Division III sports. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. Learn more at 

“… Through engagement that links the classroom with the world, and a commitment to diversity, inclusion, justice, and sustainable living, the Hendrix community inspires students to lead lives of accomplishment, integrity, service, and joy.” —Hendrix College Statement of Purpose