Competition Schedule


10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

In person at

Dreese Labs, Room 113

 10:00am - 10:30am

Check in

 10:30am - 11:30am

Opening Ceremony/Practice Problems

 11:30am - 12:00pm


 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Round Robin

 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Mini Games and Qualifying Round

 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Final Rounds and Awards


Bracket Prizes

1st Place - 200$

2nd Place - 100$

3rd Place - 75$

4th Place - 50$

Minigame Prizes

Minigame 1 Finals 1st Place - 50$

Minigame 2 Finals 1st Place - 50$

Prizes are awarded in the form of amazon gift cards.

Rules and Round Info

Official Rules Document

Round Robin/Bracket

The tournament will start with three 30-minute round-robin rounds. Contestants will solve programming problems within random groups of 4 and earn points depending on their placement within their group's leaderboard. The best competitors (max leaderboard points earned) from the round-robin games will be shortlisted for the round of 16. The top 16 competitors from the round-robin games will move on to compete in a qualifying round; all 16 contestants will compete on a common leaderboard to decide the final four. The top 4 contestants from the qualifier round will make it to the final tournament bracket. The bracket round will see contestants compete head to head to solve 2-part problems. During the final tournament bracket games, contestants' screens will be livestreamed for everyone to watch!

Coding Minigames

We'll have a couple of fun coding-related minigames running in parallel with the qualifier rounds. The minigames will definitely have you thinking out-of-the-box -- forget all the coding best practices you learned in class ;) Of course, we're rewarding the best minigame competitors with prizes as well.

Programming Languages

  • Python 3.8.10
  • Java 17.0.2
  • C++ (gcc 9.4.0)
  • FAQ

    Who can attend?

    The competition is open to the public. All OSU undergraduate, graduate, alumni, and faculty are encouraged to participate. Students from other universities are all welcome to compete as well. Note: This is an in person event and all competitors must attend in person to be included in the main contest.

    Where is the competition held?

    The contest will take place in-person at on the OSU campus. The contest itself will run on the BuckeyeCode website.

    I’ve never competed in a programming competition; can I still participate?

    Yes! The problems are all curated by Competitive Programming Club and most of the problems can be solved within 10-15 minutes. After each round, you can discuss with the people around you regarding how they solved the problems!

    What is competitive programming?

    Competitive programming can be described as a mind sport. The goal is to program a solution to solve a specific problem. The programming problems are what is typically found on online assessments or technical interview coding questions. Some examples of sites that serve these problems are Codeforces, Topcoder, LeetCode, HackerRank, etc.

    Who runs Arcade of Code?

    Arcade of Code is a new competition format designed by the officers and engineers of the Competitive Programming Club. We also have a yearly contest called Buckeye Programming Competition that has similar questions so stay tuned!

    Any Other Questions?

    Contact or ask in the discord.