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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 in teams of up to 3 (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 in a team of up to three.

Each student who is in a qualifying pair from Round 1 is entitled to enter a team (of up to 3) for Round 2. This can be with their pair partner from Round 1 but doesn’t have to be. The other students who make up the team of up to 3 do not¬†necessarily have to have sat round 1 but in total must not contain more than two Y10/11 students. Each student in Round 2 will have their own computer, sitting next to their other team members.

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!