ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest

You are a programmer? You are highly interested in computers, internet and programming? Furthermore your programming skills are characterized to be comprehensive and profound in every respect? So have you ever thought of participating in a so-called programming contest or programming challenge in order to demonstrate your individual and specific knowledge considering programming languages and programming in general? If you want to find out more about this topic you should definitely read on: This article within the website informs you about a very special programming challenge which is better known under the name of ‘ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest’. Just take some time and find out more about the great possibility of showing one’s programming skills in front of an intellectual, experienced and well-versed judging panel…

First of all we want to present you some basic aspects and facts about the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest. Strictly speaking the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest represents a multi-tiered computer programming challenge that is arranged or rather organized by the universities of the world. The computer programming competition, which is generally abbreviated as ACM-ICPC, takes place once a year. In this context it can also be said that the challenge is sponsored by the multinational technology and consulting corporation IBM (= International Business Machines Corporation).

Of course there also exist some important and very essential contest rules as well as participation conditions. Strictly speaking the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest turns out to be a so-called team competition. This means that it is not possible for programmers to participate alone (single event). Fact is that programmers have to build teams consisting of each three students. Furthermore every programmer or rather participant has to be a university student. By the way, it is important that the participants have not had more than five years of university education. Another rule and participation condition is the following one: All those students that have already participated in two World Finals or five general regional programming challenges are not allowed to compete again.

Now we want to give you an interesting insight into the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest: Strictly speaking the competition hall is provided with modern settees as well as attractive desks and tables including high-quality equipment such as laptops, computers, literature and paper for each participant. Many competition halls of other programming challenges and competitions do also feature comfortable leather chairs and other modern furniture. When talking about a so-called ‘competition hall’ it is generally referred to a huge saloon in which every programming team is assigned to a specific place. This place is provided with a table and three chairs, three computers / laptops, paper and profound literature. After a brief introduction the teams are given between eight and twelve programming problems or rather programming tasks which have to be solved within a time period of five hours. The winning team is that team that succeeds in correctly solving most programming problems / tasks.