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Case Study

Identifying programming talent through Brazil's largest Algorithm competition

About Collegiate Cup

Collegiate Cup is one of the largest programming contests for university students across Brazil. It serves as a platform to find the best computer science/ engineering students across the country. This event was conducted by both URI Online Judge and HackerEarth. The participants had to solve eight algorithmic challenges of varying difficulty levels created by problem setters from Brazil and India.

“It was a great experience. It is always good to increase the number of competitions in Brazil. Beautiful trophy, medals, and T-shirts. HackerEarth’s Recruit performance was perfect.”

Lucas Soares Ferreira, Winner, Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica

Supporting Partner

URI Online Judge is an educational project that helps students learn and practice algorithms and programming languages. With more than 130,000 users, the platform provides real-time feedback for several exercises and languages. Besides that, the Academic module, designed for professors, helps them manage their classes and track the progress of their students.

Bulk Invites

Amazon Web Services is a subsidiary of that provides on-demand cloud computing platforms to individuals, companies and governments on a paid subscription basis.

The “why” behind the Collegiate Cup

Roles related to programming and software development are in high demand in Brazil as local organizations continue to drive their digital transformation agendas. According to Indeed’s Country Manager in Brazil, João Luis Olivério, as all companies become digital, demand for professionals with high-level technical skills is increasing much faster than the availability of skilled labor (Source:

With the Brazilian IT market predicted to achieve twice the growth rate forecast for the global market, the Collegiate Cup sought to identify the best coders in the country and understand how Brazil is coding.

The format

The Open Qualifier

The Open Qualifier round had teams participating in a 24-hour challenge based on algorithms. The challenge had 4 questions based on programming languages such as C, C++, Java, Python, and Python 3.

The Finals

Based on the Open Qualifier, the best 100 teams from all over Brazil represented their respective universities in the Collegiate Cup Finals to solve the final four programming questions.

The outcome

1837 registrations

300+ universities participated

7760 solutions

Top colleges

The winners

CalopsITA (ITA) Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica

Pombo-Fumado (UFG) Instituto de Informática (INF) - UFG

0xE (UFPE) Federal University of Pernambuco

Experience with HackerEarth

“The problems were good; and the prizes were very good and motivating. Actually, we couldn’t even use all our credits in AWS before expiration. HackerEarth’s Recruit was perfect to take the assessment.”

Lucas Soares Ferreira, Winner, Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica

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