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First Ascent International 2019

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Celebrating the Best Computer Science & Engineering Students Worldwide

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What is First Ascent

First Ascent is an exclusive, all-expenses-paid, 3­-day retreat celebrating 20 of the very best Computer Science & Engineering students worldwide.

Meet other incredibly talented young people like you, take on challenges that will put your problem-solving skills to the test, and listen to inspiring stories of success in the tech field.

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Bending Spoons, the leading European app publisher in terms of downloads, organizes First Ascent in Milan, the epicenter of innovation in Italy and home to the company.

why first Ascent
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Network with the best

Meet other incredibly talented young people with shared passions and interests. Forge lifelong friendships with like-minded peers.
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Discover an exciting city

Milan is one of the most dynamic European cities where quaint medieval palaces and modern design skyscrapers live side by side.
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Take up the challenge

Prove yourself as one of the 20 most promising students in the world and take on the others in exciting challenges.
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All expenses paid

Travel, accommodation, food & drinks, and activities are all paid for by Bending Spoons, sponsor and organizer of the event.

The event is completely free: all expenses (including travel and accommodation) are covered by Bending Spoons.


This is what it takes to become an Ascender.

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You’re a university student pursuing a degree—or having recently graduated—in either Computer Science or Software Engineering. Alternatively, you have a keen and proven interest in programming.

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You’re among the very best students in your class or can otherwise prove an outstanding track record outside of academia.

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You speak English fluently.

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You love challenges and are eager to meet equally passionate, motivated students.

Selection process
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A thorough selection process will ensure the exceptional level of all First Ascent participants. These are the evaluation steps you’ll go through after you apply. From pure logic to complex programming, each step has been designed to get to know you and what you’re capable of.

27 September

• Event presentation and introductions

• Problem-solving challenges

28 September

• Team coding challenges

• Team-based competitions

• Milan sightseeing

29 September

• Conclusion

• Goodbyes