First day of the Asia-Manila leg of programming olympics kicked off with a practice session

January 09, 2017
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The Association for Computing Machinery-International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ICPC), the world's oldest programming competition, kicked off with a practice session among participating teams from different countries last Dec. 14, 2016 at the Rizal Library.

Considered as the "olympics" of programming contests, the ICPC brings together college teams to compete for the prestigious ICPC championship title. The teams solve complex programming problems and the one that can solve as many problems in the least amount of time (within 5 hours) wins.

The Asia-Manila Regionals this year was hosted by the Ateneo de Manila University through the Department of Information Systems and Computer Science (DISCS). The last time the country hosted the Regionals was in 2011 (University of the Philippines).

SOSE Dean Dr. Bautista hopes that the participants will also establish camaraderie and friendship.
A group works quietly as the practice session proceeds with the 3rd problem.

To formally welcome the participants, the Dean of Ateneo’s School of Science and Engineering (SOSE), Dr. Evangeline P. Bautista, said she was honored to meet such talented students and wished all of them good luck.

“I wish all of you luck and that you will all be at your best and brightest,” she said. “At the same time, I hope you take this opportunity to establish friendship and connections that you will take home with you."

Dr. Kardi Teknomo, ICPC Asia-Manila Regional Site Contest Director and Associate Professor at DISCS, hoped that through these competitions, the students will be able to build a strong foundation in programming.

Dr. Teknomo says that the results of the competition will be seen once the students get to help in the real world.
A participant checks the computer before the practice session began.

“The actual result of the contest will begin when you start contributing to society by developing super systems for our countries in the Asian region,” he said. He also called on other universities, companies and government agencies to advance their level of support for the upcoming ICPC events.

ICPC Asia Director, Prof. C. J. Hwang, thanked all the sponsors and Ateneo for supporting the olympics. He also expressed his gratitude to the participants without whom the ICPC would not be a success.

Prof. Hwang thanks the students for participating in the olympics.
One of the Atenean teams try to solve the first problem.

40 teams from Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam arrived for the practice session. The Ateneo had 4 competing teams.

Judges of the olympics included Dr. Allan Sioson (Chief of Judges) from Ateneo de Naga University, Dr. Felix Muga from Ateneo de Manila, Dr. Pablo Manalastas from the University of the Philippines-Diliman (UP), Dr. Philip Christian Zuniga from UP, Dr. Caslon Chua from Swinburne University Australia; and Kevin Atienza from Kalibrr.

The contest proper was held Dec. 15, 2016 and the winning team from the Asia-Manila Regionals will advance to the World Finals in Rapid City, South Dakota, USA on May 20-25, 2017.