Northwestern Europe Regional Contest

March 27-28, 2021

Online contest


Welcome to the website for the Northwestern Europe Regional Contest 2020 (NWERC). NWERC 2020 is hosted by Reykjavík University in Iceland.

NWERC 2020 is an official regional contest in the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest. It draws students from colleges and universities throughout Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Great Britain, Ireland, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Luxembourg, in addition to countries that joined in 2020: Lithuania! The top teams will advance to the ACM ICPC World Finals.

Final standings and open contest

April 2, 2021

It's our pleasure to announce that all appeals have been resolved and the NWERC 2020 standings have been finalized without any changes. Congratulations again to the NWERC 2020 Champions, Los Patrons from the University of Oxford, as well as all our medalists.

All the contest materials have been published on our website, including the problem set, solution slides, test data and judges' solutions. Also worth mentioning is that this Saturday, April 3rd, at 12:00 GMT+0 we will be hosting an open version of NWERC 2020 on Open Kattis.

In a few weeks we will start our preparations for NWERC 2021 which is set to take place in an online or distributed setting at the end of this year. If you are a coach or contestant that has competed in NWERC for the last time, and are interested in receiving the NWERC 2021 Call for Problems, please send an email to titled "Call for Problems signup".

Thank you all for a great contest last weekend - we look forward to seeing you all again at NWERC 2021. Last but not least we would like to thank our sponsors, Huawei, Jetbrains, AWS Educate and Reykjavík University for making this event possible! You can find more information about them on our sponsors page.

Friday update

March 26, 2021

Tomorrow is the day of the practice session. A link to the livestream will be posted on the website tomorrow morning.

A few notes about the format this weekend:

  • The judges have published a document with advice, hints, and general information about the contests this weekend. Contestants are asked to read it in full as it contains important new information, in particular about the inclusion of interactive problems this year.
  • Public standings for the contests can be found at
  • Due to the online nature of the contest this year, we have decided not to hold a simultaneous open contest, and to keep the problemset private until after the contest.
  • Instead, a separate public contest will be held on Open Kattis on Saturday, April 3rd.

Registration and updates

February 14, 2021

The NWERC 2020 registration has now been opened with a deadline of March 16th. The site has also been updated as we transition to a fully online contest. In particular:

  • The registration page now contains registration instructions.
  • The contest rules have been updated to take the online format into account.
  • The schedule page now contains the preliminary schedule.
  • System information has been added to our judging page.
  • A virtual contest environment is now available. Note that its use during the contest is optional.

COVID-19 update

August 30, 2020

In light of the ongoing pandemic, the decision has been made not to host the 2020 edition of NWERC onsite at Reykjavík University. Instead, planning is underway for a distributed contest during the first quarter of 2021, with local contest sites across the region. We are actively looking for volunteers and points of contact for participating universities and countries to help us make the contest become a reality. Read the full announcement and reach out to us at

Lithuania joining NWERC

August 29, 2020

This year the NWERC family has gotten bigger. Please give a warm welcome to participants from Lithuania, who have now become members of NWERC and NCPC. We are delighted to have you, welcome!

Call for Problems announced

May 6, 2020

We are pleased to announce the Call for Problems (CfP) for the 2020 edition of the NWERC programming contest. The deadline for submitting candidate problems is July 12, 2020. Information about the submission requirements and procedures can be found on our CfP page.