ICPC 2011

I'm here in Orlando to coach the University of New South Wales team in the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest world finals. A team of three uni students gets a computer and five hours to solve nine or ten really tough problems. (See last year's set, for instance). The finals were going to be in Egypt in February, but for some reason or other had to be moved here instead.

There's going to be live coverage of the final starting 9am local time on Monday. The twitter hashtag is #icpc2011.

Here's a picture of our team at orientation. (The balloons are awarded to the teams during the contest each time they solve a problem so everyone can see how they are doing.)


Update: South Pacific champions:


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Good luck to your team, Tim!

Fortunately, there is nothing to distract you in Orlando except for ludicrously expensive theme parks that are not actually very much fun once you're stuck in them.

@Thers that may be why it was moved from Egypt - too many nerdish distractions there.

Cool, except for the balloons. Terribly disposable waste. Best of luck.

Wikipedia says Orlando's 34m above sea level, so you should be OK for the next few hundred years.

Good luck.

By the way, has anyone told you the ICPC's just a cabal of greenie frauds who are only in it for the grant money and aiming for world domination?

It's only a matter of time.

Hopefully the organizers have worked with NASA to have a special tour of Kennedy Space Center. The normal one is fine, but the specials are really special.

From someone who's been doing software for many years: those problems from last year are pretty tough! Getting any number of them solved in a few hours is really good stuff.

Best of luck for your team.

By happy_heyoka (not verified) on 30 May 2011 #permalink

Hmm, you just reminded me to check the dates for the ICFP (answer: 17--20 Jun 00:00 UTC). Fortunately for the ICFP folks, there's no danger of confusing them with the IPCC, or the Heartland I'C'CC, or whatever.

-- frank

Best of to your team Tim.

I second Eli's advice about a visit to Kennedy. Changed a bit since I went round in mid 71 I'll bet. I have just been scanning some transpsrencies I took one (taken by a colleague of course) with me stood in front, a long way in front, of Apollo 15 and gantry on its launch pad a few weeks before blast off. Missed the launch though as by then the grey funnel line had taken me down into the Caribbean.

Aussie, Aussie,Aussie. Oi, Oi, Oi!
This is a sport I could follow.
Cf recent xkcd

Go team!

Looking at last year's problems, I think I did best on the "This page intentionally left blank" problems. Good luck.

By Harold Brooks (not verified) on 31 May 2011 #permalink


I am sure i don't need to tell you but.....but....but!, if any of your students end up with an IT outlook then as an engineer I will come back to haunt you.

Jeremy, I don't know what you mean by "IT Outlook", but having recently been involved with a Uni on an IT project I wouldn't wish my experience with the "Uni outlook on IT" on anyone. Apparently at least one Uni doesn't believe in having a design phase to precede the implementation phase. Apparently at least one Uni believes several weeks of complaining that "things don't work" due to people assuming things that weren't discussed would work, or that things that were discussed but ruled out would work anyway.

By Vince whirlwind (not verified) on 31 May 2011 #permalink

I was joking Vince.

Can we see an updated picture of the UNSW team, showing their haul of balloons?

By Vince whirlwind (not verified) on 31 May 2011 #permalink

Swimsuit calendar or it didn't happen.

By Mercurius (not verified) on 31 May 2011 #permalink

**Update** South Pacific champions -- see photo added to post.

By Tim Lambert (not verified) on 01 Jun 2011 #permalink

Nice work!

Does the coach get a trophy, guernsey, personal plaque?

"South Pacific Champions"?

So you beat New Zealand? Were there any other Aussie Unis there?

By Vince whirlwind (not verified) on 01 Jun 2011 #permalink

Dang. They're good!!!

Problem E of last years looks pretty tough to do with not much time. They're all tough. (I'm guessing they're at least second year students having taken an algorithms class?)

Congratulations on your victory, and thanks for continuing to refute climate denialism.

By Successfulbuild (not verified) on 01 Jun 2011 #permalink


By Physicalist (not verified) on 02 Jun 2011 #permalink