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CodinGuru 2.0

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The theme of CodinGuru is to promote the programming skills of an individual on a whole new level. The event is a great opportunity for the students to test their skills as programmers and to find out where they currently stand with respect to some of the other proficient programmers. The competition is based on testing the programming knowledge as well as the problem-solving abilities of the contestants. It is a real challenge for the programming intellectuals in a tough competitive environment. They are allowed to work in three programming languages: C++, Java and Python. They were tested by the Auto-graders developed by team IEEE, in order to prevent any biased among the competing teams. At CodinGuru 2.0, IEEE LUMS got 52 teams (2 members each) registered for CodinGuru. The event was a great success and was greatly appreciated by the Computer Science Department of LUMS. Prizes were given to participant teams: Rs.30,000/- to winner, Rs.20,000/- to 1st runner up and Rs.10,000/- to 2nd runner up.

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Programming Competition

The programming competition, with the highest number of teams, biggest cash prizes and the most enthusiastic participants, was divided into 2 rounds spread on two days. After the opening ceremony, the 80 teams who participated in the programming competition reached IST Lab LUMS for Round 1 of the contest. The problems designed on international standards were distributed and the race against time began. The programming competition went on for two hours after which 54 teams were eliminated and 26 teams qualified for the next round to be held on Day 2.

Winner: PKR 40,000/- (Sponsored by Careem)
Runner-Up: PKR 20,000/- (Sponsored by Careem)
2nd Runner-Up: PKR 10,000/-

Auto-Grader was designed by our team and participants submitted the solutions online where auto-grader accepted the solution if the output of test cases matched the participants’ output.


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As intriguing as the name sounds, Hackathon was a much-anticipated module of CodinGuru2.0. It was sponsored by Facebook DevC Lahore and took place at the Sohail Aslam Lab at Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering SBASSE LUMS. With 24 hours to create an application, the teams competed enthusiastically for prizes worth 30,000 PKR. Needless to say, by the end of the competition, the judges did get to see a lot of impressive applications. After shortlisting the top 10 teams, they were asked to give presentations in CS Smart Lab which was followed by Q&A session by Judges.

Winner: PKR 20,000/- (Sponsored by Facebook Developers Circle: Lahore)



Dr. Zartash Afzal Uzmi

Dr. Zartash Uzmi received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 2002. His graduate research focused on Multi-user Detection for CDMA systems for which he devised schemes and algorithms for practical implementation of multi-user detectors. He has held positions at Nokia Research center, Bell Laboratories, and Hewlett Packard Company. He is on LUMS faculty since 2002. At LUMS, his current research is focused on scalable and efficient network design and measurements for wide-area deployments as well as data center networks.

Mr. Mohsin Shehzad

Mr. Mohsin is the founder of Pakistan Agile Education, Certified Agile Trainer, Certified SAFe Consultant, Agile Coach and Director of Global Service Delivery in Afiniti. He has 18 years of industry experience and introduced international certification courses in Pakistan to help the IT industry to learn modern frameworks and technologies. He is also conducting agile certification courses across Pakistan and being the only SAFe(Scaled Agile Framework) trainer in Pakistan helping companies for agile transformation.

Mr. Usman Shahid

He’s currently the IIoT Platform’s Infrastructure Team Lead at INTECH Process Automation Inc. He’s a Computer Engineer from NUST with 6 years of experience in Pakistan’s software industry.

Mr. Atta Ullah Khan

Atta Ullah has around 10 years of experience in Software Industry. He has worked in all factions of Software development including Quality Assurance, Software Development and is currently assuming the position of a Product Owner at Ibex. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Product Owner (CSPO), and has cleared numerous other certifications including CSM, PSM-1 and Safe 4 Agilist to name a few. He believes in continuous learning and self-improvement and is always eager to evolve his domain. Atta is also co-founder of Kaizen Counsel, a firm whose service revolves around coaching for implementing the right processes, carried out by empowered and focused people, resulting in strikingly improved businesses.

Mr. Syed Muhammad Hassan

Providing services to software industry since 15 years. Masters Degree in distributed systems from LUMS and Software Engineering from University Of York. Developed, lead and architected enterprise systems for clients based in US and UK. Some Organizations I worked with recently NorthBay Solutions, E2E, Pyntail solutions. Few of the clients I have handled recently Kaplan, Wendys, Veracode, and Virtual Logger.

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Software Exhibition

In the third module of CodinGuru2.0, the participants presented the best of their programming projects and the judges had to choose the best of the best. While some presented applications and codes, others presented robots. These presentations took place in CS Smart Lab. Overall, the diversity of opinions and abundance of ideas and creativity was remarkable.

Winner: PKR 20,000/- (Sponsored by Mentor Graphics)



Dr. Suleman Shahid

Dr. Suleman Shahid is working as an Assistant Professor in Computer Science where he directs the ‘Computer Human Interaction and Social Experience Lab’ (CHISEL). He received his PhD in human-computer interaction in 2011 from Tilburg University, the Netherlands and PDEng (Professional Doctorate in Engineering) in 2007 in User System Interaction program from Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands. Prior to joining LUMS, he was working as an assistant professor in human computer interaction (HCI) at Tilburg University. He has been associated as a researcher with Tilburg center for Cognition and Communication (TiCC), Tilburg, the Netherlands and as a visiting assistant professor with Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands. He also worked for PHILIPS Research (High Tech Campus), the Netherlands and Fraunhofer FIT, Germany.

Mr. Sohail Aslam

Mr. Muhammad Sohail Aslam previously served as vice president of IEEE LUMS. He’s passionate about innovation in educational technologies and is currently serving as Education Technology Consultant. He’s an Enthusiast Developer with expertise in product-oriented development.

Mr. Fakhar Abbas Mehar

Mr. Fakhar Abbas is working as Senior Data Scientist and Analytics Consultant at IBM. He is an accomplished and motivated IT professional with around 12 years of distinguished performance in analysis, design, development and deployment of data driven software, agile based projects, open source applications and business intelligent and analytic products. He has delivered 100+ projects, developed a number of in-house products and conducted a number of Data Science workshops and trainings.

Mr. Usman Ur Rehman

Mr. Usman Ur Rehman Ahmad has over 13 years of experience in the industry and is currently serving as Assistant Vice President at Systems Limited. He has previously been associated with Microsoft and has worked on various community-building initiatives. He was the Country Program Manager of Pakistan for Microsoft most valuable professionals and Microsoft Student Partners mentoring thousands of students & professionals across Pakistan. He is a vivid thinker, an active blogger and loves to inspire others as a community speaker.


Signature Food Street

LUMS signature food street was arranged to blow off steam after the vigorous programming activities. The entrance was decorated with a magnificent lighting and the sponsor, Sabroso, had an exclusive corner to market their products. Furthermore, food stalls were placed, in-line, in the entire street with a nice setup of Qawwali for the audience. Notable food vendors of the city like, Saddam Burger, My Burger and Fazl-e-Haq Dera were present in the wonderful ambiance. This food street was open for all Luminites along with our participants.

Qawwali Night

The delicacies of the food stalls were made memorable with a mesmerizing Qawwali Night. Participants as well as the LUMS community were present to hear the Notable Qawwal, Mr. The whole setup was provided with a cozy sitting place for the viewers. A front guest row was reserved for the invited honorable judges and sponsors. The chilling night, fresh warm food topped with a melodious Qawwali made this social night, an extravaganza. Our sponsors and Guests were hosted with traditional Gaao Takkiye & Charpai.

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