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Gene Ferrick <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 10 Sep 2012 10:21:03 -0400
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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,
2012 (, and the World Finals will be in St. 
Petersburg, Russia, 30 Jun 2013 - 4 Jul 2013.

The regional contest is distributed across many sites -- we will be 
going to the site in Howard University, DC.

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 with 
the interested students on September 17 (Mon), 3:00pm-4:00pm in A.V 
Williams Building, Room 3258. Note that pariticipating (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 17 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 on Sep 23, Sunday, 9am-9pm.

The eligibility criteria can be found at the link below -- most 
undergraduate students and first year gradute 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 17 in 
case of doubt.

Best regards,

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) 8 tasks withing 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 
available at: