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Programmers battle it out

Released at: 16:50, 25/11/2015

Programmers battle it out

Programming contest on November 26 & 27 to feature 112 teams from seven regional countries.

by Cam Le

The ACM/ICPC Asia Hanoi Regional Contest 2015 at the Hanoi University of Business and Technology (HUBT) from November 26 to 27 will host 336 students in 112 teams from Vietnam, China, South Korea, the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, and Taiwan. The contest is part of the worldwide 41st ACM/ICPC, an annual multi-tiered competitive programming competition among universities.

The ACM/ICPC (International Collegiate Programming Contest) was first held in the US in 1970 and has become the longest-running, largest, and most prestigious programming contest in the world, attracting tens of thousands of the most outstanding students in the computing field. The contest aims at developing creativity, a spirit of teamwork, and innovation in the process of developing new software. It also gives students the chance to test their performance under significant time pressure.

At the ACM/ICPC Asia Hanoi Regional Contest 2015, held by HUBT and the Vietnam Association for Information Processing, teams will be given five hours to solve eleven programming problems. They must submit solutions as programs in C, C++, or Java. There will be one champion, three first-place winners, four second-place winners, and four third-place winners. The best teams will attend the World Finals in Phuket, Thailand on May 15-20, 2016.

HUBT is one of 15 contest sites throughout Asia. At the 40th ACM/ICPC there were more than 2,000 universities from 88 countries participating and the 128 best teams went on to attend the ACM/ICPC World Finals, held in June 2015 in Marrakech, Morocco.

Former ACM/ICPC finalists have gone on to record remarkable achievements in software and research, including Adam D’Angelo, the former CTO of Facebook and founder of Quora, Nicolai Durov, the former CTO of vk.com, Matei Zaharia, creator of Apache Spark, Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos and a venture capitalist, and Craig Silverstein, the first employee of Google.

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