The International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious university-level programming competition in the world. Each year, more than 50,000 students from over 100 countries compete in regional competitions to earn a spot at the World Finals.
Each term, we organize a Waterloo-local ICPC-style programming contest for fun, for practice, and to select teams to represent Waterloo in the international competition.
Local ICPC-style programming contest
The next Waterloo-local ICPC-style programming contest will be held on Sunday, September 29 in MC 3003. All members of the UW community are invited to try their programming skill in Racket, C, C++, Java, Pascal, Python, or Scala.
The results of this local contest will be used to select the UW teams for the international ICPC competition. We will send three or more teams of three students each to the East Central North America Regional in Windsor on October 25–26, 2019. If we do well there, one team will advance to the World Finals in Moscow in June 2020.
For more information and online registration for the local contest, please see http://uwaterloo.ca/icpc/next-local-contest/
The contest will run from 1 p.m. sharp until 4 p.m., 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 a.m. in MC 3003. 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.
We are grateful to Jane Street for sponsoring Waterloo’s participation in the ICPC.
Waterloo’s proud history at the International Collegiate Programming Contest
Did you know that Waterloo students have twice won the worldwide International Collegiate Programming Contest? Most recently in 2018, our students swept the top four spots at the regional International Collegiate Programming Competition against 129 teams from schools that included Carnegie Mellon, the University of Michigan, and the University of Toronto!
Let’s do it again!
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