ACM Programming Contest - South Pacific Region

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ACM Programming Contest - ANU Teams Page

Each year in the middle of second semester the department takes part in the South Pacific Regional Contest for the ACM Programming Contest.

This year the contest will be on Saturday the 15/9/2007. ANU hosts the Canberra Site. The ANU teams will be competing against other teams from within the region that are located at different sites around Australia and New Zealand.

Teams of 3 students work together to solve about 9 problems within a 5 hour period. Each team only has access to one computer. Programs may be written in Java, c or c++. The contest involves problem solving, programming and lots of teamwork. There are prizes, and a t-shirt. Entry costs $194 (including gst) per team. The department will pay for 3 teams. It looks like we will also have another 2 bonus teams (5 teams for the price of 3!). Selection will be based on the selection contest on Friday. Note I will reserve 1 of the 5 spaces for a first year team.

If you wish to enter you would need to :

  • form a team of three,

  • make it to the selection contest Friday 24/8/2007 3pm-5pm CSIT n115, and

  • make it to the contest on Saturday 15/9/2007 11:00am-5:00pm CSIT Building.

To get an idea of the types of questions have a look at last years problems.

Also I will be holding a information session on Monday 20/8/2007 from 2:00pm-2:30pm in n101 just to give people a bit of an idea about the contest. We will have a training session on Friday 31/8/2007 3pm-5pm CSIT n115.

It is a lot of fun and a great way of extending yourself in terms of your programming and software engineering abilities.

For more information please contact :

    Eric McCreath(email :   

Eric McCreath