### rng_58's blog

By rng_58, history, 21 month(s) ago, ,

We announce a new international onsite competition: Code Festival 2016. The contests will be held on AtCoder.

The top 20 foreign (non-Japanese) university students are invited to the Finals in Japan. (Even if you are not a student, you can participate in qualification rounds and parallel rounds of onsite contests. All of these contests are rated.)

The flight tickets and hotels for finalists are paid by organizers.

There will be three qualification rounds. Top 10 foreign students from round A and top 5 each from round B and C will qualify for the onsite contest.

Also, there will be many interesting events during the onsite competition.

More detailed information can be found at the official website.

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 » 21 month(s) ago, # |   +10 Could all unicode characters classified as letters be allowed by the registration page ? I need to use the characters é,É and ë. (strangely, LATIN SMALL LETTER E WITH DIAERESIS is not accepted, but CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER IO is accepted).
•  » » 20 months ago, # ^ |   0 Please use 'e' instead (or whatever method you use to convert your language into English).
•  » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   0 In fact, all Cyrillic and Greek characters are supported in traditional Japanese character sets called "Shift-JIS", while other European special characters such as é aren't supported. It seems the registration page uses the out-of-date character set instead of UTF-8.
 » 21 month(s) ago, # | ← Rev. 2 →   +56 Hmm, why university students only? It reminds me of VK Cup..And why it is 10 — 5 — 5 for each round?
•  » » 21 month(s) ago, # ^ |   +93 Sorry but this rule was decided by the sponsor (maybe the reason is similar to VK).If we assign the same number to all rounds, rounds B/C will be easier to qualify (because some of top people have already qualified from round A in round B/C).
 » 21 month(s) ago, # | ← Rev. 2 →   +28 Must be a student (technical college 4th or 5th year, technical college specialist course, vocational school, junior college, university, graduate school), or have graduated within the last four years but not yet in employment.Note: Those who have done only part time work are regarded as not yet in employment. So not only students :)
 » 21 month(s) ago, # | ← Rev. 2 →   +44 Are high school students appropriate?
•  » » 20 months ago, # ^ |   +8 Sorry, high school students are not eligible for the onsite competition.
 » 21 month(s) ago, # |   +10 Where will the rounds be hosted? On Codeforces?
•  » » 21 month(s) ago, # ^ |   +21 AtCoder
 » 21 month(s) ago, # |   +41 Does "graduate school" include PhD students?
•  » » 21 month(s) ago, # ^ |   +10 It typically does, yes.
•  » » 21 month(s) ago, # ^ |   +23 And does "graduate school" include old PhD students? =)
•  » » » 21 month(s) ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 2 →   +30 Probably it should... although the registration form maxes out at 1990 :)
•  » » » 20 months ago, # ^ |   +18 There's no age limit. If you were born before 1985 (it seems they extended it), please choose 1985.
•  » » » » 20 months ago, # ^ |   +23 By the way, for some reason you can choose 2021 for your birth year.
•  » » 20 months ago, # ^ |   +8 Yes, PhD students are eligible.
 » 21 month(s) ago, # |   +20 The second-last question in the registration form seems broken.
•  » » 20 months ago, # ^ |   +10 It looks good now.
 » 21 month(s) ago, # | ← Rev. 2 →   +28 Are students who also work or worked (fulltime) allowed to participate?
•  » » 20 months ago, # ^ |   +10 Sorry, full-time workers are not eligible for the onsite competition. However, part-time workers are eligible.
•  » » » 20 months ago, # ^ |   +13 That sounds strange. In all places during the registration process it was stated that you should be a 4th/5th year student OR a part-time employee, I believe it clearly means that being an employed student is ok. What's the idea behind excluding everybody who has worked full-time, or is currently working, even though they are students?Also an interesting question is about the full-time internship, doest it count as an employment?
•  » » » » 20 months ago, # ^ |   0 Could you ask rhd_procon at r.recruit.co.jp with your detailed situation?
•  » » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   +25 So, I've asked organizers what is the final status on students who work full-time for the same time. The answer is: you are eligible if you mainly belong to a university, and it is ok for you to work (even for full-time) in a company.The confusing "full-time workers are not eligible" part actually means the following: organizers do not want to invite full-time workers who already got their university degree and still visiting university for an extra education.Quote from their answer (in my case $COMPANY_NAME is Yandex): In other words, you will be not eligible if you are a$COMPANY_NAME employee who are taking part of university courses for further study.
 » 21 month(s) ago, # |   +38 Right now I can't answer questions about eligibility. I will ask organizers.
•  » » 20 months ago, # ^ |   +13 Any news?
•  » » » 20 months ago, # ^ |   +18 Sorry for the delay, I'll reply all questions now.
 » 21 month(s) ago, # |   +28 Judging from past two year's Code Festival contests, these qualification rounds and some of the just-for-fun contests at onsite event might be easier than ARC (and AGC, needless to say). Will it be rated for all contestants? Or will it be unrated if I have higher rating (ex: more than 2800)?
•  » » 21 month(s) ago, # ^ |   +28 Rated for everyone. (Of course we'll add harder problems. It will be a tragedy if we choose 20 finalists by last year's difficulty.)
 » 21 month(s) ago, # |   +26 If I'm too old to get the trips, do I need to register at Code Festival website, or just having AtCoder account is enough?
•  » » 21 month(s) ago, # ^ |   +50 You are too employed as well
•  » » 20 months ago, # ^ |   +10 Just having AtCoder account is enough.
 » 20 months ago, # |   +21 Top 20, seems the dream is far from me :(
 » 20 months ago, # |   +16 Round A is tomorrow, right? There is no corresponding round in AtCoder schedule.Duration will be 100/110 minutes?
•  » » 20 months ago, # ^ |   0 I'll post a new thread about Round A soon. The contest is tomorrow and the duration is 120 minutes.
•  » » 18 months ago, # ^ |   +20 So, wish you luck!)
•  » » 18 months ago, # ^ |   +35 Welcome to Japan!
•  » » 18 months ago, # ^ |   +10 I'm worrying the similar problems, if English translations are provided for each events (such as rng_58's public talk event). At least St. Petersburg is more popular with tourist.
•  » » 18 months ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 2 →   0 How relevant is the "Japanese" part of this joke? :D
•  » » 18 months ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 2 →   +16 Congrats on winning the grand finals!
 » 18 months ago, # | ← Rev. 2 →   +15 https://atcoder.jp/Whoa there're SEVEN (though 4 of them are short ones) contests being held in 3 days! Good luck to all the onsite finalists!P.S. What is the difference between the finals and grand finals, and what are the elimination rounds for. It's a bit confusing :)
•  » » 18 months ago, # ^ |   +5 I have no idea either.
•  » » 18 months ago, # ^ |   +5 The weird thing is that the finals are rated while the grand finals aren't.
•  » » » 18 months ago, # ^ |   0 Exactly what I thought too.
•  » » » » 18 months ago, # ^ |   0 Final -> both contests is rated (open and onsite) Grand Final -> only onsite contest is rated, but you can watch streaming
 » 18 months ago, # |   +31
 » 18 months ago, # |   +89 The Grand Final was one of the best problemsets I ever solved. Thank you very much!
•  » » 18 months ago, # ^ |   +18 I'm posting something like this: hope next year Code Festival can waive the restriction of non-student, so it can become a contest like TCO / GCJ.
•  » » 18 months ago, # ^ |   +37 I'm glad to hear that — I was the author of all problems.In case some of you are interested in problems, you can read it from http://cf16-exhibition-final-open.contest.atcoder.jp/
•  » » 18 months ago, # ^ |   +15 I agree completely, I also think the Final (http://cf16-final.contest.atcoder.jp/assignments) and Exhibition (http://cf16-exhibition.contest.atcoder.jp/assignments) had some interesting problems also, so thanks to rng_58, snuke, chokudai.