As many of you might notice, there is a new event in an ICPC WF schedule this year.
Announcing the #ICPC2019 Neural Network Challenge — Powered by Huawei https://icpc.baylor.edu/compete/challenge
Train your own neural network. Top trainers win a Huawei laptop or mobile phone. Everybody gets cool Huawei swag like USB keys, digital cables, etc.
The ICPC Neural Network Challenge — Powered by Huawei — will be held at the ICPC World Finals on 2 April 13:00-16:00 in Porto, Portugal. World Finals teams will compete to see who can best train a given neural network. The specifics of the problem will be revealed during the contest.
The teams with the best trained (highest accuracy) neural networks will be recognized as ICPC Challenge Winners. The top teams will also receive great prizes for each contestant. Prizes include Huawei Matebook X Pro, Huawei Mate20 Pro, and Huawei P20 Pro.
Now for some important details... This is required for all contestants. Each team must bring a single laptop to use during the contest. Your laptop will be connected to the Internet through WiFi. Your laptop will be provided power through a standard Portuguese plug. Bring your charger and any necessary adapters. You are completely responsible for your laptop’s operations and security. Note that the team will need to carry the laptop during the morning excursion because you will go directly to the ICPC Challenge venue from the excursion. You will not be returning to the hotel.
Best wishes to all contestants in the ICPC Challenge!
It's cool that ICPC found new sponsor for WF. And new activities may give a lot of fun for WF participants.
But what the reason to make this event mandatory? (There are already JetBrains TechTrack (45 mins) and TechShowcase (2 hours).)
On my mind, some teams are going to ICPC WF to participate in the WF itself. They work hard to show the best of they skills during WF. And 7 hours of mandatory events on the day before Dress Rehearsal, and about 5 hours on the Dress Rehearsal Day (I understand this part, except "Coaches Award Ceremony") would not help teams to relax and prepare to contest itself.
How do you think about this issue? I want to hear the community members' opinions. Yeah, I copied parts of the text from ICPC WF 2019 Keyboard Issue blog :)
If there are enough of community members who share my opinion, let's talk to Bill during WF about it?