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First Ascent International 2020

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position icon Milan, Italy
position icon July 30 - August 2, 2020

Celebrating the Best Computer Science & Software Engineering Students in Europe

What is First Ascent?

First Ascent is an exclusive, three-day, all-expenses-paid retreat for twenty of Europe’s finest Computer Science & Software Engineering students.

Get to know some other insanely talented young people, test your technical skills with a series of complex challenges, and have a whole lot of fun, start to finish.


Bending Spoons, Europe’s leading app publisher with over 250 million downloads, organizes and hosts First Ascent in Italy’s epicenter of innovation—Milan.

The event is completely free—all expenses, including travel, accommodation, and activities, are covered by Bending Spoons.

why first Ascent?
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Network with the best

Collaborate with other incredibly talented young people. Forge lifelong friendships and share your passions with like-minded peers.
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Take up the challenge

Excel in a succession of stimulating technical challenges, each designed to bring out every ounce of your engineering expertise.
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All expenses paid

Travel, accommodation, food, drinks, activities—it’s all paid for by Bending Spoons, sponsor and organizer of First Ascent.
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Experience a stunning city

Discover Milan, Italy’s tech capital. With its medieval palaces and jaw-dropping skyscrapers, past and future stand side in a city that’s home to a thriving startup scene.
(The food, sport, and nightlife are rather special too!)

Getting in will be tough: only the top twenty applicants make the cut.

We value an excellent academic track record, but you also score big by pursuing cool, tech-related and/or entrepreneurial side projects.

Here’s what it takes to become an Ascender:

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You’re one of the very best university students or recent graduates in Computer Science or Software Engineering. Alternatively, you can prove an outstanding track record in programming outside of academia.

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You love challenges and you’re eager to meet equally passionate, motivated people.

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You’re European/you attend a European university and are eligible to travel to Italy.

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You speak English fluently.


A thorough selection process ensures the exceptional level of all First Ascent participants. From pure logic to complex programming, we’ve designed each step to shine a light on your talent.

The whole process takes place online. We’ll announce the successful applicants by June 30, 2020.

What’s the schedule?

We'll release the full First Ascent schedule in the build-up to the event. Rest assured—you're going to love it!