Arlington, VA–January 18, 2017—Since the release of the 2017 IDT Programming Contest problem at the end of November, student teams have been working feverishly on solutions to this year’s contest problem, which is focused on cybersecurity. Participants are required to follow the steps of the Engineering Design Process, a unique component of IDT’s contest.

Throughout the design process, students have had the opportunity to communicate with IDT engineers, who have fielded questions and offered feedback. This week, teams are submitting their current status reports at a scheduled check in.

According to contest organizer Thom Garrett, “This year’s students are showing great dedication, ingenuity and commitment.” He added, “I expect a strong finish by many teams, which will make the selection of the top three a challenge this year.”

Final submissions are due on February 17, just one month from now. Presentation Day for the top three teams will be held in Arlington, VA on Saturday, March 18, 2017.

Check the IDT Programming Contest page for additional updates and results!