The North Western European Regional Contest (NWERC) is a contest in which teams from universities all over the North-Western part of Europe are served a series of algorithmic problems/puzzles. The goal of each team is to solve as many puzzles as possible within the set time limit. Solutions need to be programmed out on a computer and can be submitted to a semi-automated judging system, after which the solution is checked. The teams that have solved the most puzzles at the end of the contest qualify for the ICPC World Finals.
You can see the scores of the contest as it progresses right here.
An impression of earlier NWERC's can be found on the earlier years websites: