The CALICO Informatics Competition is a high-school programming competition hosted by students at UC Berkeley. We create contest problems to promote the understanding of useful algorithms and encourage students to grow their problem-solving skills! To see some past problems, check out our Problem Bank.

What Do We Do?


Our biannual programming competition is for students up to 12th grade. These contests are run during the fall and spring season, and consist of a large number of problems meant to be solved by teams. Come prepared to bring your best, and we will take care of the rest!


Our CALSUCO summer contests are open to participants of all ages! Compete as an individual; these contests consist of multiple online, bite-sized rounds run during the summer months. Keep your skills fresh with these lower-stakes, casual contests!

Editor's Choice

These problems almost made the cut for our competitions--so close! These contests are released on our problem bank before CALICO competitions; no registration necessary! Same format, same rules--feel free to use these as practice material, tryouts for teams, or to test your computer setup!

Congratulations to our winning teams
of CALICO Fall '22!

Red and Black Benches 87 points
PurpleCrayon | penguinhacker | GusterBuster
CCA Team 1 from Canyon Crest Academy, CA 87 points
Shreyas Thumathy | Ryan Bai | Evan Luo
OlyFans 83 points
Eric Yang | Alex Fan | Austin Geng
o geng 83 points
Ritwin Narra | Ian Zhang | Ethan Lee
bald lolz 77 points
nononoyesyes123321 | Ench Lolz | Kaicheng

...and congratulations to our top college team!

Geisel Library from University of California, San Diego 83 points
Thomas Li | Stanisław Strzelecki | Huize Mao


2/14: Registrations for CALICO Spring '23 are OPEN! Registrations close 4/6 11:59pm PT.

CALICO Spring '23 Online

Date Time (PT) Event
2/13/2023 12:00PM Registrations Open!
4/6/2023 11:59PM Registrations Close
4/7/2023 8:00PM Confirmation Emails Sent
4/8/2023 4:00PM Contest Begins!
6:30PM Contest Ends
TBA TBA Winners Announced!

Contest Schedule

Date Contest Registration Deadline
N/A Editor's Choice Spring '23 Cancelled :'((
4/8/2023 CALICO Spring '23 4/6/2023 11:59PM PT

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CALICO is open to everyone! However, only teams of pre-college students are eligible to win prizes.

We define "pre-college student" as anyone who has not entered college/university.

Once you've registered, you can expect an email from us after the registration deadline about how to access the contest site. For more information on this, see "Contest Autograder Logistics" under our Contest Guide.

In the meantime, check out our "Preparing for the Contest" checklist, also found on our Contest Guide!

If you know how to work with conditions, loops, strings, and integers, you can start solving problems! At a higher level, our problems give students a preview into concepts taught at various classes within Berkeley's CS department. Regardless of whether you're just starting out or a seasoned programmer, there will be something for you!

All you need is a computer running an approved programming language, a text editor to work with, and a stable internet connection! For a list of approved programming languages, see "Approved Languages" under our Contest Guide.

A maximum of 3 people are allowed to be on a team for CALICO. You're free to have smaller teams, but it's more fun with friends!

The following prizes will be awarded to the winning teams (1 per team):

  • 1st Place: $200 Amazon Gift Card
  • 2nd Place: $100 Amazon Gift Card
  • 3rd Place: $50 Amazon Gift Card
  • 4th & 5th Place: $25 Amazon Gift Card

We will also be raffling off the following prizes to individual contestants:

  • 2x 1 Month Discord Nitro Subscription
  • 6x $10 Gift Card (Amazon, Steam, Apple/Google Play, League of Legends)
  • 2x Meta Mug Swag Bundle*
  • 2x Meta Jacket*
  • 1x Microsoft Black Bottle + Xbox Controller Pin*
  • 1x Microsoft White Tumbler + Xbox Pin*
  • 1x Brick*

More information on how the raffle will be run and how you can participate can be found under "Raffle Logistics" on our Contest Guide!

All prizes will be distributed to the winning teams following the contest.

*Available for shipping to US/Canada only

Check out our Contest Guide to learn about the rules, the structure of the contest, and other technical details!

If you have a question, don't hesitate to email us at team@calico.berkeley.edu! Feel free to also reach out to us on Discord.

Join Our Email List!

Stay in the loop for CALICO announcements by signing up for email notifications! Our email list will only notify you when contest registrations open, along with other important updates.

Visit Our Problem Bank!

Past contest problems, along with their full test cases and solutions, can be accessed here! We highly encourage you take a look. Practice problems will also be published here occasionally, so check back here every once in a while!


Thank you to these organizations for making our events possible! Interested in supporting CALICO? Shoot us an email at team@calico.berkeley.edu!


Check out some of our peer organizations!