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Thu, 6 Sep 2018 15:49:06 -0400
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Subject: International Collegiate Programming Contest

Dear All,
      We will be starting preparation of the teams for this year's ACM ICPC
Programming contest (for more information about the contest see below). The
regional contest this year is on Saturday November 10, 2018
(, and the World Finals will be in India,
Spring 2019.

   The regional contest is distributed across many sites -- we will be going 
the site in Johns Hopkins University, MD

   Generally we have had great success in the past few years, with one of our
teams winning or qualifying through the regional event, and doing very well
in the World Finals. We are hoping to build upon that this year, and field at
least THREE strong teams for the regional event (each team consists of three
members). Given past years' experience, we are quite confident that one of
our teams will make it to the World Finals this year as well.

   If you are interested in participating please ATTEND our meeting withthe
interested students on September 19 (Wed), 12:30pm-1:30pm in A.V Williams
Building, Room 3165. Note that participating (in the worst case partly) in
this session is Mandatory, since we register interested students during the
same session. In the extreme case that a student
cannot attend this meeting but he/she is still interested in the contest,
he/she can send me an EMAIL with SUBJECT: "Absentee Registration"+your UID,
no later than Sep 18 to explain the reasons that he/she cannot attend the
meeting (you do not need to send ANY email otherwise; just come to the
session). We plan to have our UMD local contest remotely from  Sep 29 (Sat)
9am-Sep 30 (Sun) 9pm.

The eligibility criteria can be found at the link below -- most undergraduate
students and first year graduate students would qualify. Having experience in
Informatics Olympiad (IOI) or Mathematical Olympaid (IMO) can be a plus. Talk
to me in the session on Sep 19 in case of doubt.

Best regards,
Mohammad Hajiaghayi
Minker Professor of Computer Science
ACM ICPC (International Collegiate Programming Contest) is the biggest
programming contest among colleges in the world. In the contest, teams of 3
try to solve (usually) 10 tasks within 5 hours.  The solutions are short
programs which are submitted to a server where the programs are compiled and
tested against the judges' data. ACM ICPC is a two-tier
contest where teams first compete in regional contests and then the winners
of the regional contests proceed to the World Finals. Besides being a
wonderful opportunity for networking and making new friendships, the World
Finals is an event where "world's finest university students of the computing
sciences and engineering" become great visibility among
top companies of the IT industry such as IBM, Google, etc.

More information about the contest is available at:

   A live archive with past problems where solutions can be judged is 

Contact Person: MohammadTaghi Hajiaghayi
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