ADB and Warsaw University collaborate to launch Polish-wide software competition

ADB and Warsaw University collaborate to launch Polish-wide software competition named ‘Algorithmic Engagements’

Advanced Digital Broadcast, a leading supplier of digital television systems and software solutions for interactive television, announced today that it has joined forces with Warsaw University to launch a competition, intended to identify the most talented software programmers in Poland; Zielona Gora, Poland is home to ADB’s Research and Development Centre, and currently accommodates approximately 350 highly skilled engineers.

The objective of the competition is to popularise software programming in Poland in addition to enabling all software designers, regardless of their age, to prove their skills in solving algorithmic problems and writing high quality software. The competition is intended to establish close cooperation between scientific, academic and business circles, ensuring knowledge transfer as well as identifying and supporting careers in software.

Philippe Lambinet, CEO of ADB, commented ‘ADB is one of Europe’s leading suppliers to the digital television industry. It is essential that the company identifies the most talented software engineers to enhance its work force in continuing to develop and supply world leading technology’. He added, ‘This competition is a great initiative, allowing enterprises to work in close collaboration with academia to identify talented individuals’.

Last year’s competition saw 3862 participants compete and it is expected that this year’s competition will receive enhanced interest with entrants competing for prizes including notebook computers and unique ‘ADB Passports’ allowing the winners to further develop their skills through work based projects in conjunction with ADB.

This year’s competition begins 18th April and finishes with finals at ADB’s R&D centre in Zielona Góra 13th May. The co-organizers of the competition are Professor Krzysztof Diks – one of the most well known personalities in software programming in the world – representing the Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Mechanics at Warsaw University and Advanced Digital Broadcast – one of Europe’s leading developer and suppliers of solutions for digital television. People can register for participation through the competition website (


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The top three places will receive high quality notebook computers and awards and the winner of the competition receives the title of “Algorithm Master of the Year 2006″. The top twenty finalists will all receive MP3 players. The holders of the first two hundred and fifty six places will receive competition T-shirts and “ADB” Passports.


Competition Runtime

The contest begins on 18th April and finishes on 13th May 2006. Interested participants must log into the competition website. It will be possible to register from today until the end of the contest. The competition is divided into a number of stages; the first six stages will be carried out remotely through the website ( . Following this, the top twenty contestants will be qualified for the final stage, which will be held on 13th May on the premises of ADB, Zielona Gora, Poland. The publication of the first programming task on 18th April 2006 will start the virtual round. It will be closed on 25th April 2006. After closing any submitted solution will not be accepted. During the finals the contestants will face between five and seven programming tasks during a five-hour session



ADB’s advanced R&D centre and Warsaw University both play an important role in educating large numbers of students and are mutually interested in improving the education conditions, and also the development of, future employees in the software services sector.


About ADB

Advanced Digital Broadcast was founded in 1995 and provides a diverse range of high quality products and services to the digital television market world-wide. Since releasing its first unit in 1997 the company has deployed over 6 million set-top boxes across high-volume markets incorporating a wide range of middleware, conditional access and hardware technologies.

ADB has headquarters in Switzerland and dedicated facilities in Australia, the United Kingdom, Israel, Italy, Poland, Spain, Taiwan, Ukraine and the United States. The majority of ADB’s staff are development engineers, creating products that are universally recognised as the industry’s best, both for current and future generation technology.

ADB is part of the ADB Group of companies (; ADB Group is publicly listed on the Swiss Stock Exchange (SIX:ADBN).

Krzysztof Diks, Warsaw University

Dr Diks is Associate professor of the Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Mechanics at Warsaw University and also director of the Institute of Informatics. He specialises in algorithms and data structures, especially in parallel computing and algorithmic graph theory. He is a grant holder of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and an author of several scientific articles, co-author of Algorithms and Data Structure handbook, a leading advocate of informatics and a Chairman of the Chief Committee of Olympiad in Informatics, co-organizer of nation wide programming contest “Algorithmic Engagements”. Under his supervision, his students win prestigious programming competitions in Poland, Europe and the World. Since February 2005, Warsaw University takes first place in university ranking according to ‘TopCoder’ competition.


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