2014 ACM ICPC South Pacific Regional Contest

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Are you aware of the International Collegiate Programming Contest?

If you have, then you would know that the ICPC is, quite simply, the world's largest and most prestigious programming competition for university students. Last year, over 32,000 contestants from over 2,200 universities all over the world participated in all the various stages of the contest. Pretty big, I'm sure you would agree.

What you may not know is that, since 2012, the Programmers' Society (an awesome student society, which you should be a member of if you are not already) has been organising and fielding teams for the ICPC on behalf of UTS.

Last September, we sent two teams to the regional qualifying round. One of our teams placed 7th out of a field of 88 teams from universities all over Australia and New Zealand. We did not qualify for the World Finals which were held in June this year in Russia, but I'm sure you will agree that this was nonetheless an impressive outcome.

To prepare for the ICPC, we will be running a series of practice contests and training sessions every Saturday in August. These contests, like the ICPC itself, are team-based efforts. In your team of three, you will be given one computer and five hours to solve as many challenging problems as you can.

So, not only does the ICPC test your programming skill, it also tests your ability to work effectively as a team, as well as being a supreme test of endurance!

We will be holding these sessions in Building 10 Level 3, from 11:30am to 5pm on the following dates:

  • Saturday 2nd August (CB10.03.470)
  • Saturday 9th August (CB10.03.460)
  • Saturday 16th August (CB10.03.460)
  • Saturday 23rd August (CB10.03.460)

Come to one, come to all, it doesn't really matter (although it would certainly be beneficial if you came to all).

Then, on Saturday the 30th of August, once we have finalised our teams, the UTS delegation will make their way to the University of Sydney to participate in Stage One of the ICPC South Pacific Regional Qualifiers.

Should a UTS team succeed in Stage One, they will then move on to Stage Two to take place at UNSW on Saturday the 27th of September.

Should that UTS team succeed in Stage Two, then they will go to the World Finals to take place in Morocco in May next year.

If you are up for the challenge, please get in touch!

More information on the ICPC can be found at http://icpc.baylor.edu

Thank you.

Tom Bozic
Competitions Officer
Programmers' Society

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