Teams of Year 7-11 students* will battle it out to win the pride of place inscription on our Braben competition cup. We want to make it as easy as possible for your school to take part : a supervising teacher needs to register to invigilate on your school site…they can hold it any date/time in the competition fortnight for each of the two rounds and do not require any expertise in order to do so.

International schools may enter the competition for the purpose of certificate awards (required scores will be fixed based on UK entries) but only schools located in the UK will be eligible for the cup/prize money award.

2019 Competition News: There will be two rounds this year: the entry round will be simpler questions with a shorter 40 minute format. It can be sat in pairs from years 7-11 working on one computer or individually if the student prefers.

Round 1: sit between Mon 28th Jan and Fri 8th Feb inclusive (low security – 40 minutes)

A good performance will secure entry into the Round 2 final to compete for the Braben Cup & prize money which this year will be sat in threes.

Round 2 for qualifiers: sit between Mon 18th – Fri 29th March inclusive (higher security – 1 hour)

* There are no conditions on the Round 1 pairs (other than their date of birth places them within year 7-11 UK categorisation) to facilitate sitting it in lessons. However in Round 2 a maximum of two Y10/11 students are allowed (at least one student must be Y7-9).

Each qualifying pair (or solo) from the first round can add any other student of their choice from the same school Y7-11 to make up the final 3 subject to the condition above. That student does not necessarily have to have sat round 1.

Find out more in the competition overview, take a look at the practice material available or head straight for the registration form!

This year we are supporting Python, C++, C#, Java and VisualBasic.NET.

What languages do you support?

Ask a teacher to sign up so that the competition can run in your school this year. The invigilating teacher does not require any coding expertise to host the competition.

Let’s go coders!