It's not only IT professionals who will be attending this week's SEARCC conference.
Students from Orewa College, north of Auckland and Hillcrest High School in Hamilton will put their programming skills to the test when they take on student teams from Hong Kong, Singapore, India, Thailand, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan, in conjunction with the event.
The three-member teams will meet at Auckland's Unitec on Wednesday where they will have two hours to solve four programming problems using C, C++, Java or Pascal.
Another eight teams of two students will take part in the Micro Mouse competition, in which robotic mice built and programmed by the teams find their way through a maze. Speed isn't the only factor to be judged, says New Zealand Computer Society president Gillian Reid. "They also have to make decisions on the best route."
New Zealand's team is from Te Atatu Intermediate School and will be the youngest competitors, says Reid. "Te Atatu Intermediate built the maze."
No tertiary age New Zealand team is entered because, Reid says, it's exam time at universities and polytechnics.
Prizes for the winning teams will be awarded at the SEARCC conference.