Teams praise the competition as a training event for the industry and a chance for students to compete with IT professionals.
For 2004, the languages are C, C++, Java, Visual Basic and Eclipse. The BCS also hopes to offer C#.
The closing date for entries is 31 January. Regional heats will be held on 6 March and the final will be on 3 April. All participants receive an exclusive T-shirt and heat winners receive prizes. The champions win further prizes, BCS shields and the trophy.