CCC and winter might be over for this year ...
... but LCC sure isn't!
Join in on Friday, April 1st at 4:30pm to compete in this month's LCC and flex on your competitive coding and math skills. Yep, and this isn't an April Fools joke! All problems on the March LCC will be math-themed to help you clutch your Euclid contest preparation.
Start marking your calendars because LyonHacks II will be returning this year as Mackenzie’s 2nd hackathon!
LyonHacks II will start on April 15th @ noon and will end on April 17th @ noon — for a total of 48 hours.
Now you may be wondering, what is a hackathon?
A hackathon is a programming competition that challenges teams to design and pitch a software application to our panel of judges. During LyonHacks II, teams will create a code-based project that falls under one of the given themes. The hackathon will also feature workshops, fun activities and guest speakers to help people of all skill levels. Don’t worry if the competition aspect may feel intimidating, as hackathons are seen as a place to learn, collaborate and express creativity!
All Ontario middle and high school students ages 13-18 are invited to compete, in teams of up to 4. Top teams will receive prizes from a cash pool of $250, generously sponsored by ECOO.
Interested? Sign up here before Thursday, April 7th @ 11:59pm:
Afterwards, use the application form linked below and a Competitive Branch VP/executive will review your application. If you're approved, an email will be sent to you and you'll receive the needed permissions on the mcpt.ca judge. All problems that you set must still be approved by a competitive branch VP/executive before it is made public.
Have you ever forgotten a password? While we can’t help you find it, we certainly can introduce you to cybersecurity!
Enter LyonCTF, a capture-the-flag computer security contest for all Ontario middle and high school students ages 13+! From February 18th to 21st, you and a team of up to 4 others will take on a wide array of challenges, from cracking website security to finding hidden messages in files and breaking cipher codes. And for the top performers, $250 worth of prizes will be generously sponsored by the Educational Computing Organization of Ontario!
Even if you’re new to cybersecurity, we designed the contest with a low barrier of entry to enable first-time competitors the chance to gain experience and knowledge in an enjoyable, cooperative way.
Captured your interest? Read more and sign up here!
To help familiarise yourself with the website and learn more about the CTF categories, there will also be a practice contest starting Friday, February 11th @ 6pm until Sunday, February 13th @ 6pm. Use the link above to register your account and team today!
Oho? You dare approach me, the great and amazing MCPT-chan?
We're kidding, but LCC is certainly approaching us! This month's LCC will take place on Thursday, January 27 and it is a highly recommended step for those wishing to compete in CCC this year. CCC will take place this year on Wednesday, February 16 and so this is a great last minute practice comp for CCC.
On the same note, CCC payments are open until Monday, January 24, which is next week! Please check your email to see if you have met the requirements or not. If you haven't, this month's LCC is mandatory for you, so be there or else!
For those who haven't signed up yet or want to change their team, the form is still open at the link below!
Introducing Mackenzie’s first-ever Holiday Game Jam!
Work together with up to 4 of your friends over the course of 96 hours to create a video game for glory and the chance to win prizes!
What is a game jam?
The Holiday Game Jam is both a competitive and social event where teams build and design video games and then pitch their ideas to the group. It’s a great opportunity to make new friends, create something cool, and learn a thing or two! Whether you’re proficient with game development or are trying it out for the first time, we have something for everyone.
New to game dev? No worries! We’ll be running many different workshops over the course of the Holiday Game Jam, topics include how to create Tetris controls or program jump physics! If you ever feel tired or want to take a quick break from the competition we’ll also be hosting many fun activities and games for you to participate in! And for those who participated in MCPT’s Game Dev series, your points will carry over into this event.
Didn’t get the chance to check out our game dev series? Visit our Learning website to check out our lessons.
Dates and Times
The competition will run from December 27th at noon to December 31st at noon. Teams will have the full 96 hours to design a game and pitch. Note that you may only start working on your project once the competition window begins on December 27th at noon. A full itinerary will be released closer to the event date.
Sign up in teams of up to 4 by December 26th at midnight. There is no registration fee; all students currently attending William Lyon Mackenzie can participate!
There will be a theme for the event, which will be announced during our opening ceremony. Creativity counts - original ideas count even more. For a full list of judging categories, rules, and criteria, visit our Devpost page .
Looking for someone to cozy up to this winter? Well unfortunately MCPT doesn’t do matchmaking, but we sure do know how to make hoodies that will be just as warm!
We’re excited to announce MCPT hoodie orders for the 21-22 school year (yay!). You can expect embroidered royal blue at the front and side, along with optional name personalization at the back. Orders will be accepted until Thursday, December 23 at midnight, so be sure to fill out the following form before then!
MCPT is excited to announce pre-registrations for the CCC!
Hosted this year on February 16th, 2022 by the University of Waterloo, the Canadian Computing Competition (CCC) is the premiere individual coding contest in Canada. It follows a similar format to the LCC hosting a Junior and Senior division with five problems held in a 3 hour contest time.
The Junior division is aimed towards Grade 9 and 10 students just starting out in competitive programming, where the Senior division incorporates more advanced algorithms and may be better suited for Grade 11 and 12 students. We still encourage everyone to try out the contest, especially if you’re in Grade 11 or 12, as it’s a good opportunity to test your skills and boost your University of Waterloo application!
Sign up with this form by January 5th, 2022 at midnight:
To participate, you'll need a CCCGrader account - if you already have one that was previously registered under our school and are able to log in, you can use the same account. If you're new to the competition or our school, sign up for an account here with our school number 057001119:
Get ready for our second Lyon’s Computing Competition (LCC) of the year!
The LCC is a school-wide competitive programming competition hosted by MCPT. Sign up to enhance your coding abilities, and solve 5 challenging problems alongside your friends! The event will run virtually through Zoom on Thursday, December 9th from 4:30 - 7:00pm. Cameras will only be required at the start of the contest to authenticate your participation.
Missed the chance to previously sign up for LCC? No worries! We’re accepting new teams to participate in both the Junior and Senior divisions. If you wish to create a new team or change your current team members, register at https://mcpt.ca/lcc/signup .
And remember, anyone who wishes to compete in Waterloo’s Canadian Computing Competition (CCC) must participate in at least three of our monthly LCCs.
Ever wondered how the games you play on your phone or computer are made? MCPT presents the all-new Game Dev Series, starting this Thursday, November 11th at 4:15pm!
The Game Dev Series is a great opportunity for both beginner and advanced coders alike, whether you want to get your running start into the world of game development or if you want to sharpen your skills with our fun challenges.
Inspired by Bloons Tower Defense, you will create a fully functional game by the end of our three interactive workshops. We will go over how to implement ideas into game features and dive into the mechanics of a tower-defense game.
This series will leave you with everything you need to know about Game Dev so that you’re prepared for our first annual Game Jam, happening during winter break! For those interested in participating in the Game Jam, it is recommended to participate in the Game Dev Series to earn participation and challenge points that will count towards the Game Jam.
See you on Thursday!
P.S. Check out our new home for all things Learning at learning.mcpt.ca! Over the course of this year, we’ll be adding resources, leaderboards, and more.