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By Errichto, 3 months ago, In English

Hi, I'm back from the ICPC finals (and proud of Harbour.Space Barcelona for a gold medal!). I have a few announcements for those preparing for an olympiad.

USACO Platinum weekend camp by AlphaStar

A free online olympiad camp for USACO platinum students and CF 1800+ users. Both days start at 9:30 am Pacific / 18:30 CEST. Thanks to AlphaStar for organizing the event. https://alphastar.academy/events/

May 11 (Saturday)
The first day will be two medium-difficulty 3-hours contests with analysis. Skip this if you're an experienced platinum contestant.

May 12 (Sunday)
For stronger participants: 5-hour contest + analysis
For others: lectures on centroid decomposition, EV and summation, randomized algorithms. Then you have 30 minutes to get familiar with the 5-hour contest problems so you could attend the analysis.

I will use existing problems from Polish olympiads, and there'll be a guest problem by bmerry.

Huawei IOI camp in the Summer

This is not finalized yet. Just like two previous years 2022 2023, I will likely organize a free online camp for IOI participants, sponsored by Huawei. This year, I think about using old IOI contests (from around 2014) instead of POI and CEOI. Is August a good month for this? Any collisions that we should avoid?

My USACO classes / school

I'm thinking about teaching USACO bronze/silver/gold classes this July. It would be one month of learning all the important topics and solving a bunch of problems. Groups of around 10 students, 2-3 lessons per week, 1.5-2h per lesson, Discord group to talk between classes. Price around 35$ per hour, so the total should be 500-900 USD. The lesson time would be morning/noon Pacific (afternoon/evening in Europe).

If you're interested, fill this form (link) about your preferences for a 5% early-bird discount (if I actually do organize this). You can register for general olympiad preparation, not just USACO. It's normally difficult for me to work with students from the US because of the timezone difference. It's more viable during their Summer break, hence the focus on USACO here.

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omg! look who's back

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I am not a USACO candidate, but can I participate?

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    Yes, you just need to get some extra rating.

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can non-IOI people join the camp?

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Can people who meet the USACO/rating requirements but are post high school attend?

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    Sorry for the late reply but I don't know. I was told: you can try, maybe you will be accepted.

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Bump, the first (medium difficulty) contest starts in 18 hours.

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Has information been sent out yet? I signed up a few weeks ago (I'm a usaco camper), but haven't received any information yet. Thanks!

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It's so unfortunate that I didn't see the blog before, are the "USACO Camp" sessions recorded or accessable anywhere ?
or can I still join ? the google form is closed
my max rating is : 2076