Hitachi Hokudai Lab. & Hokkaido University Programming Contest 2021 focused on “Future Autonomous Distributed City Development”

Hitachi Hokkaido University Laboratory (Hitachi Hokudai Lab.) and Hokkaido University has announced the jointly organized Hitachi Hokudai Lab. & Hokkaido University Contest 2021.
In 2021’s contest, we will prepare two problems (A and B) on the topic of optimal area design for a regional energy system.


  • Hitachi Hokudai Lab., Center for Exploratory Research, Hitachi, Ltd.
  • Hokkaido University
  • Kansai University (Cooperator)

[Period for submission]

  • November 5th 2021November 13th 2021 – January 31st 2022 (Problems A and B*)
    *Problem B starts on November 19th December 4th.

[Notice of schedule change]We were preparing for the contest starting on November 5th, but the preparation has been delayed due to some bugs found in the development code and we need additional time to investigate them.
We are very sorry to inform you that as a result of considering the work period required to maintain the quality of the contest, we have decided to postpone the date to November 13th (Problem A) and December 4th (Problem B) to January 31st. We apologize for the inconvenience to everyone who was looking forward to it, thank you for your patience for a while. We will continue to prepare for the event starting on November 13th, and your understanding would be greatly appreciated.

The 1st ranked winner of contests A and B will be awarded ¥300,000 and ¥500,000, respectively. We are also currently preparing special items and further prizes for top-ranked contestants. 

The contest’s awards ceremony will be held online during the lunch seminar session of the 84th IPSJ National Convention, at which the contest winners will be invited to present their algorithms.

[Award Ceremony (Lunch seminar session of the 84th National Convention of the IPSJ)]

  • Date:11:30-12:30, Friday, 4th, March, 2022
  • Venue: Ehime University and Online (To be announced)

The programming contest is open to everybody, regardless of age, nationality, or gender. Everyone, who is interested in participating in the contest, is warmly invited to join through the websites below(Related links).