IEEEXtreme is an annual competitive programming challenge in which teams of IEEE Student members, supported by an IEEE Student Branch, advised and proctored by an IEEE member, compete in a 24-hour time span against each other to solve a set of programming problems. The competition is underwritten and coordinated by IEEE’s Membership and Geographic Activities department, and is often supported by partnering sponsors, like IEEE Computer Society.
IEEEXtreme began in 2006, has been hosted for 8 different years, and will enjoy its 9th year of competition in October, 2015. The first competition in 2006 attracted 47 teams with 150 participants. The numbers more than tripled the second time it was held, in 2008, to 130 teams with 500 participants. The most recent iteration of IEEEXtreme, in 2014, enjoyed the registration of over 2,200 teams, participation of over 1,800 teams, 5,000+ student competitors, 600+ proctors, and 100+ volunteers around the world.