Once again, Stanford will be hosting a local programming contest to select the students who will represent Stanford at the 2002 ACM Pacific NW Regional Contest, and hopefully at the The 2003 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest
The local contest will be an individual contest (students
compete as individuals, and not on teams. For more information see the Rules and FAQ
page). The top six individuals will be grouped to form two teams of three
students each. To determine whether you are eligible to compete, follow this
The Regional and International Contests
Each school may send two teams of three students to the regional contest, but only one team may represent each school at the world finals (provided that they qualify).
The top two teams at the regional contest qualify for the International Contest Finals to be held March 22-26, 2003. The winning students not only bring fame and glory to their university, they also win hefty scholarships ($$) and plenty of free software.
The contest pits teams of three with one computer against a host of problems in a limited time-frame. Typically, 6 or more problems are posed with five to six hours to solve as many as you can. These problems can generally be solved by careful analysis and application of algorithms taught in undergraduate computer science. Some are quite challenging. For examples, see the problems from previous years of this contest.
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