Silicon Maze is a 24-hour student-run programming contest organised by Web Enthusiasts’ Club NITK and the IEEE student branch of NITK Surathkal, Karnataka. This year’s contest was held on 26 and 27 June and saw over 100 team registrations.

It is intended to be a platform for students to showcase their skills, ideas and potential in various disciplines of Computer Science like Data Structures & Algorithms, Systems, Machine Learning and Development and explore the depths of the field with a deep dive into practical problems.

The 24-hour format of the event was chosen to provide contestants with enough time to be able to learn any new concepts that they may not be familiar with and bring all participants to a level playing field.

Silicon Maze has four tracks to test the contestant’s mettle, namely algorithms, systems, machine learning and development :

Algorithms – A programming contest aimed at testing the participants’ problem-solving approach, speed and accuracy. The latest edition’s algorithm track was held on CodeDrills.

Systems – This track focuses on testing the contestant’s knowledge across broad fields in systems such as cryptography, networks, scripting and so on by solving small tasks related to these. The latest edition’s system track was held on HackerEarth.

Machine Learning – A challenging classification problem is thrown at the competitors where they will have to predict the outcomes on an unseen dataset using Machine Learning. The latest edition’s machine learning track was held on Kaggle.

Development – The contenders are tested on their creative and development skills by designing and developing solutions to practical problems and answering questions involving common development tasks. The latest edition’s development track was held on HackerEarth.


The second edition of SiliconMaze has a total prize pool of ₹3000 along with goodies from CodeDrills to the top teams.

Past Edition:

The first edition of SiliconMaze was conducted on June 25th and 26th, 2020 on HackerEarth with questions from various Computer Science disciplines. The contest was themed around Harry Potter, and the questions were all per the theme.

The event was a massive success, with 466 individual registrations forming 150+ teams actively competing for the total prize of ₹3000.