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By masonsbro, history, 21 month(s) ago, In English

Next Saturday, May 4, at 6pm UTC, the University of Texas at Austin is hosting an "invitational" (actually open to anyone) programming contest. The contest will last 5 hours and is intended to be similar to a North American ICPC regional contest in terms of difficulty. There will be 10-14 problems, and we encourage you to follow ICPC rules: teams of 3 on one computer, using no online resources.

The problem set was created by myself and arknave.

If you want to participate, you can sign up using the registration form:

Details will be sent out to everyone who's registered closer to the contest date.

Update: The contest url is

Update 2: The solutions are up.

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By masonsbro, history, 2 years ago, In English

My ICPC team is hoping to attend one of the several ICPC training camps before world finals, but we are not sure which one would be best for us. I am aware of the camps run by Moscow International Workshop ICPC and Harbour.Space, as well as the Petrozavodsk camp and a Brazilian camp.

I have a few questions. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  • Are there any other camps I'm missing? Is it known yet which ones are happening this winter/spring?
  • How do the levels of difficulty differ at the different camps? My team is not really medal-tier, so I worry it might be kind of a waste to go to one of the harder camps; at the same time, we want to do our best, so practicing on WF-difficulty sets is good.
  • How friendly are the different camps to students who only speak English? (For both official things like problem statements and analysis, and also unofficial things like being able to socialize with other teams)

Hoping someone can shed some light on some of these things.


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