On May 24, at the Plenary session of the International Polytechnic Week, the winners of the students' competition "Capture the Flag" organized by Siemens LLC with the support of Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU), were awarded. Siemens is a long-term strategic partner of Polytechnic University. Head of Corporate Research & Technology and Vice President of Siemens LLC Dr. Martin Gitsels and Vice-Rector for International Relations Mr. Dmitry Arseniev presented memorable gifts to the best teams, as well as certificates for scholarships from Siemens.
More than sixty students from various universities of St. Petersburg participated in the competition. Altogether, 11 teams competed in the framework of the event, 8 of them successfully reached the finals.
The competition was opened by Mr. Sergei Sobolev, Head of research, Corporate Research & Technology Siemens LLC. He greeted the team and described the rules of the event.
"Catch the Flag" competition is a new option of hackathon where the teams can choose the tasks of various level of complexity and accordingly receive a different number of points for problem solving. The winner is the team that gets the largest number of points.
The tasks of the competition were divided into two types: a quiz and tasks requiring comprehensive engineering solutions. In addition, the participants had an opportunity to solve business cases and present the results to the experts of Siemens. Additional points were given to those teams who successfully presented their solutions in English, and also undertook tasks from various professional fields. Subjects of the tasks were provided by Siemens LLC and included the following areas: programming, power engineering, electrical engineering, transport systems, production automation.
"The competition gave me a very positive impression. A chance to solve real-life industrial tasks was useful practical experience. In addition, I met different people able to solve interesting engineering problems," says Eugene Moutin, a student of SPbPU. "
The most fierce struggle started on the second day of the event. By that time, all teams had built the strategy of their work and were presenting new solutions to experts till the end of the competition. Within two days the teams managed to solve more than 30 tasks and cases of Siemens.
A team of five students from Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University called "The Sons of Zeus" won the competition. Participants were Dmitry Eliseev, Mikhail Petrov, Kamil Timraleyev, Alexander Frolov and Vadim Yaparov.
"Good training at the Institute of Energy and Transport Systems SPbPU helped us to win this competition. Our team turned out to be very sophisticated in terms of the diversity of competencies, but also, of course, a great desire to have an internship in Siemens helped us reach success," says the participant of the SPbPU team student Kamil Timraleyev.