The student competition had begun a year previously, and its final competition took place as part of the International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE) in Hawaii. Using genetic algorithms, the students of Freie Universität developed a planning system for lectures and courses at universities and schools. Besides such elements as a course catalog, the SceTris software makes is possible to automatically create lesson plans and display scheduling conflicts. The program enables optimum use of space and would also show, for example, if a tutorial is being planned for the same time as a required course.
The top five teams from around the world, those from Germany, Croatia, Sweden, Singapore, and Spain, were invited to the conference in Honolulu. After three presentations in the final round, the group of students from Freie Universität emerged as the winner. The software project was overseen by computer science professors at Freie Universität, Heinz Schweppe and Lutz Prechelt.