Softec this year was much more than a programming competition. It was a great learning experience for me! I’ve divided the entire visit into several segments.
The FAST Lahore Episode:
On day 1, we were only able to solve 1/5 questions which was pretty bogus as most of the other teams got 1 too! Some even got 2 and 3 so the test day didn’t work very well for us. Actually the test day was very helpful for a warm up and we made full use of that. On second day, we heard that there were some internal problems due to which the 5-hours competition which was supposed to start at 9:30AM actually started at about 1:00PM. The competition was intense with about 50 teams from all over Pakistan and India. We clinched first position by solving 5/9 questions. LUMS came second with 4 solutions and PUCIT came third with 4 solutions as well.
We had fourth position in the first-ever competition we entered in Procom 2005 (FAST Karachi), third in Softec 2005 (FAST Lahore), second in ProQuest 2005 (ACM-KU) and finally first in Softec 2006!