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ACM Programming Contest

Northwest Site of the 2011 ACM Pacific Region Programming Contest

Hosted by UO Computer and Information Science and UO Information Services

Contest 2010

In the fall of each year, over six thousand student programmer teams compete in regional contests for a chance to advance to the World Finals of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest. The Pacific Region encompasses the Pacific Northwest US, Alaska, Hawaii, and British Columbia and attracts over eighty teams from over three dozen schools. The contest is held simultaneously at six separate sites. On November 5, 2011, the University of Oregon was again one of the contest sites, hosted by UO Computer and Information Science and UO Information Services.

Each team in the contest consists of three students. The contest runs for five hours, during which a team attempts to solve as many problems as possible. Contest problems are story problems, and the solution is a computer program that must produce output according to the input data and the requirements as stated in the problem. This output must be exactly correct and the program must execute quickly. Problems are typically "real world" computing tasks and often more difficult to solve than they appear.

On November 5, 2011, fourteen teams from six schools in Oregon competed in Eugene. Over the six contest location sites, there were 95 teams competing, and a team from each of the two top performing schools will go on to compete in the World Finals in Poland in May of 2012. Look here for the final results of the Pacific Regional contest.

On the Friday night before the contest, our local ACM student chapter hosted a pizza party and game night for the contestants in Deschutes Hall, home of the Computer and Information Science Department.

The five hour contest took place in the McKenzie Computer Lab managed by UO Information Services.

The contest was followed by dinner at Cafe Yumm! and team "goto raptor_attack;" from the University of Portland was awarded a plaque and prize as the Eugene site winner. (Team "GFU Gold" from George Fox took 2nd place, and team "Pioneers" from Lewis & Clark took 3rd place at the UO site.)

Look here for some pictures from the 2011 contest.

Look here for Eugene hotel information, UO contest location, and the contest schedule .

UO Contest Site Director: David Atkins, (541) 346-4413,