Ateneo to host Asian leg of world’s largest programming olympics in December

November 29, 2016
The ICPC logo

The Ateneo de Manila University, through the Department of Information Systems and Computer Science (DISCS), will host the Association for Computing Machinery-International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ICPC) Asia-Manila Regionals on Dec. 14-16, 2016.

The event will be held at the 5F of the Rizal Library, Ateneo de Manila University Loyola Heights campus.

The ACM-ICPC, considered as the “olympics of programming competitions,” is the oldest, largest and the most prestigious programming contest in the world, with almost 2,736 participating universities from more than a hundred countries. Stationed at Baylor University, Texas, USA, ICPC is supported by ACM, the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, and sponsored by the International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), a multinational technology company.

A picture from the Daejeon Regional Contest ACM-ICPC Asia in South Korea last Nov. 5, 2016 (Photo from the ICPC Facebook Page)

ICPC aims to foster teamwork, creativity and innovation by facing a team of students with complex, real-world programming problems. The team that can solve as many problems in the least amount of time within 5 hours is declared the winner.

Participants will come from the Asia Pacific and Indochina subregion, including Brunei, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Japan, Cambodia, South Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam.

During the 1st day of the event, the Dean of Ateneo’s School of Science and Engineering (SOSE), Dr. Evangeline P. Bautista, and the Vice President for the Loyola Schools (colleges), Dr. Maria Luz C. Vilches, will be present to inaugurate the competition at 2PM at the MVP Roof Deck. Participants of the contest will then proceed with their practice session at 3PM at the Rizal Library.

Photo from the Nov. 5, 2016 Asia Hong Kong Regional Contest at the Chinese University of Hong Kong

The contest proper begins on the 2nd day (9:30AM) at the Rizal Library. The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary, Hon. Fortunato de la Peña, will grace the closing ceremonies together with Ateneo de Manila University president, Fr. Jose Ramon T. Villarin, SJ.

The 3rd day of the event will be reserved for the participants’ excursion day and tour around Manila.

Winners of the Asian leg of the competition will earn a spot in the World Finals in Rapid City, South Dakota, USA on May 20-25, 2017. They will also get Acer’s latest laptops.

Photo from the 2016 Southeastern Europe Regional Contest, Bucharest Site, last Oct. 22, 2016

The last time the Philippines hosted the regionals was in 2011 at the University of the Philippines (UP).

Apart from IBM, the event is sponsored by Acer, Rockwell Land, RCBC, Smart Communications, Accenture, Frappe La Rue, Uber, ClickTheCity and When In Manila.

Interested participants may still register until the end of November. Please see for more details.