OW2 2012 Programming Contest

Once again in 2012, OW2 and Scilab are organizing a joint open source programming contest.

This is the fourth edition of the OW2 Programming Contest, following the 2009 edition, the 2010 edition and the 2011 edition.

The award ceremony and workshop for the 2012 edition of the Programming Contest will take place on October 15-16 at Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA).

For registering to the 2012 Programming Contest Award Ceremony and Workshop, click here.

Competition Purposes

The purpose of the competition is to develop awareness for the OW2 code base among students and technicians, and to provide an opportunity for contestants to demonstrate their talent in computer programming. What's more, the contest aims at promoting teamwork and the ability of college students in science and technology to study and use OW2 open source projects. Based on principles of "freedom, sharing and creativity", and aiming at developing international communication and cooperation, the competition is overseen by IT professionals and academics from around the world.

Award Ceremony and Workshop

The award ceremony and workshop for the 2012 edition of the Programming Contest will take place on October 15-16 at Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA).

Program outline:

  • October 15, 2012, morning: Scilab/OW2 Programming Contest Award Ceremony
  • Invited Lecture: Vania Joloboff, Director, LIAMA, Sino-French Laboratory for Computer Science, Automation and Applied Mathematics
  • October 15, 2012, afternoon: international workshop award project presentations
  • October 16, 2012, morning: international workshop award project presentations

Rules of Contest


Academic staff and students of university and research institute, engineers of industrial and business organizations, and all other professionals.


Participants should select a topic among the list of topics provided for the OW2 contest. Once they have selected a topic, they should go to the Registration page for registration instructions.

Technical requirements

  1. Participants can select a topic in the list provided on the OW2 Contest webpage. 
  2. After registration, participants are encouraged to get in touch with the topic contact, and exchange information on the corresponding project mailing list.
  3. The software will be developed using the Trustie collaborative infrastructure. It should include appropriate documentation for installing and running the software, as well as examples and tests. The language for code comments and documentation should be English. 

Award Selection

The Award Selection process includes three stages:

  1. Shortlist of entries by an Expert Team,
  2. Peer-evaluation on the Internet, and,
  3. Final selection by the OW2 Technology Council.

In the first stage, works will be shortlisted from all the received submissions. Peer-evaluation on the
    Internet will be made by the contest topic contacts. Finally, the selection team will decide on the
    awards to be given, taking into consideration the results of the first and second stages.


  1. First prize: one award will be given (RMB 10 000 or a return flight to Beijing and five nights accomodation). 
  2. Second prize: up to FIVE awards will be given. (Each Award: a netbook).
  3. Third prize: up to TEN awards will be given. (Each Award: external 1TB hard drive).

For more details, see the Programming Contest pages.