The VK Cup Championship is an open computer programming competition that is held by VK, Codeforces and Saratov State University. VK is the largest European social network with more than a 100 million active users. The Championship Final Round will be held in July in St. Petersburg. Top 50 contestants of the Round 3 will be invited to the Finals, with trip expenses covered by the organizing committee.
You are young and you like to solve programming problems? Then this championship is for you! Anyone meeting the following criteria is eligible to compete in the VK Cup:
- must be at least 14 years and at most 23 complete years of age (by the moment of registration);
- current employees of VK and/or members of organizing committee/jury are ineligible to participate in the VK Cup;
- must be eligible for participation in Codeforces contests.
Thus, the intended audience of the championship are mainly high school and university students. To participate in the championship, you have to register beforehand.
Only individuals are allowed to take part in the Championship. No teams, no joint discussions and etc. The registration will be open soon and stay open till the end of the second qualification round.
How to Participate
Be ready to solve interesting algorithmic problems. You will be offered the following programming languages:
Because of really different performance of different programming languages we do not guarantee that any problem can be solved on each language.
You can take a look at the samples of the past Codeforces contests’ problems by the following links:
Please be sure to get familiar with the rules of Codeforces contests before the start of the championship.
The championship will consist of two qualification rounds, three elimination rounds, two wild-card rounds and one final round. All rounds will be held on Codeforces.
|March 4, 2012, 00:00 — 23:59, 24 hours||Qualification Round 1||800+ contestants||Contestants who gain a score equal to the 800-th place finisher score or greater will advance to the Round 1|
|March 9, 2012, 12:00 -11:59, 24 hours, will end on March 10, 2012||Qualification Round 2||800+ contestants |
People who didn’t advance in the Qualification Round 1 can participate
|Contestants who gain a score equal to the 800-th place finisher score or greater will advance to the Round 1|
|March 11, 2012, 19:00, 2 hours||Round 1||700 contestants||Codeforces Contest Rules|
|March 18, 2012, 19:00, 2 hours||Wild-сard Round 1||50 contestants||A two-hour round with unusual rules|
|March 25, 2012, 19:00, 2 hours||Round 2||175 contestants||Codeforces Contest Rules|
|March 28 — April 3, 2012, 7 days||Wild-сard Round 2||25 contestants||A long contest with unusual rules|
|April 8, 2012, 19:00, 2 hours||Round 3||50 contestants||Codeforces Contest Rules |
The final online round
All Round 3 contestants will receive VK Cup T-Shirts
|July 13-16, 2012||Final Round||Codeforces Contest Rules |
Saint Petersburg, the VK Headquarters
All time mentioned in this table is Moscow time (UTC +4)
Most rounds will be held by the Codeforces rules, the exceptions are:
- Qualification Rounds – each round lasts for 24 hours, no hacks are allowed, problems point values don’t depend on submission time (do not reduce over time);
- Wild-card Round 1 – lasts for 2 hours, is organized by unusual rules and will determine 50 more contestants to advance to Round 2 (from the contestants who didn’t advance in the Round 1);
- Wild-card Round 2 – lasts for 7 days, is organized by unusual rules and will determine 25 more contestants to advance to Round 3 (from the contestants who didn’t advance in the Round 2).
If several contestants get the same number of points in any round and are placed on advancement cutoff, all of them advance to the next round. In all rounds a competitor must get a positive score to advance to the next round. All rounds require individual registration (separate from the championship registration), which ends 5 minutes before the round start (except for Qualification Rounds, which will be open for registration till the end of the rounds).
Most of the rounds will be open for rated participation for people out of the championship.
The best contestants of the Final Round held in Saint Petersburg will be awarded the prizes (updated):
- 1st prize —
- 2nd prize —
- 3rd prize —
- 4th-5th prizes — $2000
- 6-10th prizes — $1000