ARLINGTON, VA—November 11, 2015—Registration is now open for Innovative Defense Technologies’ (IDT) 2016 Programming Contest. This annual event was established in 2011 to promote student interest in computer science and engineering. It is open to teams of high school students in the Washington, DC metro region.

The goal of the contest is to challenge students by introducing them to real problems facing software engineers. The focus of the competition is on developing innovative and creative methods of implementing Automated Software Testing. Interaction on this topic is sure to inspire students to think creatively and to give them valuable hands-on experience.

High school students are encouraged to gather their teams and register this month. The contest problem will be released on December 1. Participating teams will have up to eight weeks to prepare their solutions. The deadline for submissions is February 2, 2016. Finalist teams will be invited to a Presentation Day in Arlington, Virginia on March 12, 2016.

New this year, participants will have opportunities throughout the process to check in with IDT engineers to review progress and ask questions. They will use GitHub for code control and final submission. Valuable prizes are given to all finalists and their schools.

The IDT programming contest is a great opportunity for students to move the conversation about evolving technology out the classroom and into the industry. Are you a high school or college student interested in taking on the challenge? More information about the contest and registration may be found on the here, or contact the contest coordinator via email: