Thursday, 8 September 2016

Upcoming ACM programming contests

This announcement is about three related programming contests:

- Waterloo-local ACM-style programming contest on Saturday October 1
- ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest
- ACM-ICPC North America Qualification Contest on Saturday September 24

The next Waterloo-local ACM-style programming contest will be held on Saturday, October 1 in MC 3022 and MC 2061. All members of the UW community are invited to try their programming skill in Scheme, C, C++, Java, or Pascal. The contest will run from 1 pm sharp until
4 pm (Eastern time), and will be followed by pizza. There will be a practice contest in the morning to allow contestants, especially those competing for the first time, to get their account setup and become familiar with the contest environment. 

Contestants participating in the practice contest should arrive by 10:30 am in MC 3022. For out-of-town participants, it is possible to participate remotely using a web-based system, but local participants are encouraged to attend in person if possible. For full details and online registration, please see: http://acm.student.cs.uwaterloo.ca/~acm00/

Each year, Waterloo participates in the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest. We will send three or more teams of three students each to the East Central North America Regional in Windsor on October 28-29. If we do well there, one team will advance to the World Finals in Rapid City, SD on May 20-25, 2017.

We will select the teams that will represent Waterloo in the international competition based on two contests: the Waterloo-local contest on October 1 described above, and the ACM-ICPC North America Qualification Contest on September 24 described below. Competing in both of these contests maximizes your chances of being selected for the international competition.

The ACM-ICPC NAQ contest is an online contest held on Saturday, September 24 from 12 noon to 5 pm, Waterloo (Eastern) time.

Contestants can compete from anywhere using a computer with an internet connection, a web browser, and any development environment they wish to use. To register for the NAQ contest, e-mail Troy Vasiga <troy.vasiga@uwaterloo.ca>.

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