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Kaiser : A Fair Game

IE CSE held its annual coding event for rookies on the 22nd of January. The event, Kaiser, was exclusively for first and second years and was scheduled to be held at 5:45 PM in NLH 203. However, it had to be shifted to AB5 309 and 310 because of a conflict with another event. Despite the last-minute change in venue, there was an impressive turnout. There was a participation fee of forty rupees which non-members of IE CSE had to pay. Members who forgot to bring their membership cards were also allowed to participate for free. A large proportion of the participants happened to be first year students. With participation from about a whopping seventy teams, each consisting of no more than two members, the event was smoothly conducted by the IE CSE working committee members.

The event finally kicked off at 6PM after all the participants had settled down having paid their participation fees. There was a mild chatter as the teams got to solving their papers. The said paper could be solved for a maximum of 480 marks, expressed as a true computer science engineer would: (111100000)2, on the very interesting instructions page. The paper was divided into three sections – single correct, multi-correct and coding. There were 25 single correct questions, 5 multi-correct questions and 15 coding questions. The questions, like the event itself, were aimed at people with just a basic understanding of coding, which is why the event was meant exclusively for first and second years, explained an organizer. Kaiser’s purpose was to provide beginner coders a platform to test their coding skills without having to compete with people with an obvious edge in it. It was perceived that including participants from higher semesters would leave no scope for beginner coders .This is essentially what sets Kaiser apart from  IE CSE’s other coding events. The questions weren’t too difficult so as to not demoralize the participants. However the questions were made challenging enough to help identify deserving winner, who would eventually receive a cash prize.

Participants began to trickle out of their rooms after almost an hour of the commencement of the event .The event concluded at 7.30PM, as scheduled, when the papers were taken back. Participants found the paper to be very lengthy yet engaging. Some participants even took extra copies of the paper along with them to solve at leisure.