Prometheus’ 16: Did the bugs eat your code?


One of most challenging events of IE-CSE’s tech-weekend, Prometheus-V was Pandora’s Bugs. It was an event purely revolving around coding and as the name suggests, debugging faulty codes. A two round event, it was conducted over a span of two days. The turn-out for this was overwhelming – almost 35 teams of two showed up for the first round, of which only nine with the best scores were allowed to move to the second round.

The first round was comparatively easy, requiring absolutely no prerequisite of debugging. It consisted a total of ten questions with two sub-parts each. The first part was a simple set of programming questions the correct answers to which would unlock the second complimentary part of that question. Hence, one could not just do the second part of the question unless they’d cracked the first. Basically, whether or not a team qualified for the next round got decided by the number of questions attempted, as against the points system the creators had put in place. The only downside being that most of the participants were barely able to attempt even 3 sub-parts out of the twenty.

The final round was held on the last day of the three days of Prometheus. This round too, followed a similar pattern. There were two sets of questions – the first one on debugging which carried a massive thirty points while the other part was plain coding which was further divided into easy and moderate questions. On solving every coding problem, the participants could ask for hints. Taking these hints wasn’t essential as most participants debugged at least one such code without asking for any hints. One thing observed in all these questions was that each of them had the names of at least one of the organizers or event heads of Pandora’s Bugs. This just went to show how thoroughly involved they were with the event and how much they enjoyed it.


A very well planned event, Pandora’s Bugs proceeded almost on time. It was technically challenging which made sure that only the one with true mettle and caliber to live up to the tagline of Prometheus V – “Be a God”- would excel.