Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, a school for girls in India, has announced it is organizing a virtual coding competition for female school students from grades 8 to 12, called the ICPC Algo Queen Girls’ Programming Cup. The first-of-its-kind event sponsored by IBM Quantum — a leader in the quantum computing industry —the competition is intended to encourage girls in India to take part in coding competitions by providing them training in competitive coding and quantum computing.
Professor Maheshwara Chaitanya, Director, Admissions & Academic Outreach at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, who is also Deputy Director at ICPC Asia, said:
“Only 28% of the world’s researchers are women. We need more girls to be part of the technological revolution, especially in competitive programming and coding. We need to understand which obstacles keep girls away from STEM and how we can encourage them to overcome these. The aim of ICPC Algo Queen Programming Cup is to stream the brightest mathematical minds among girl students into a productive world of algorithms and computer science. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham has been hosting the world’s largest collegiate programming contest, the ICPC, for the past 15 years in India. Now, we wish to provide free training in programming to girl students through the ICPC Algo Queen Programming Cup.”
“The ICPC Foundation is delighted to announce and endorse the ICPC Algo Queen Girls Programming Cup conducted by Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. Designed primarily for girls, it will offer workshops and competitive programming opportunities designed to rapidly develop coding skills and algorithmic problem-solving prowess,” added Dr. William Poucher, President of the ICPC Foundation and Executive Director of ICPC.
With beginnings starting in the Asia West region, the Algo Queen Girls’ Programming Cup initiative will join a series of ICPC Global activities and also be open to participants from other regions of the world. The ICPC Foundation has been serving underserved communities, raising aspirations, improving performance, and bringing people together through its initiatives and events for over forty years to narrow the gap.