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By MikeMirzayanov, 2 years ago, translation, In English,

Hello, Codeforces!

The ACM-ICPC World Finals 2017 event is running now. Tomorrow will be the main contest. During these days the directorate of ACM-ICPC shared some news.

  • Let me remind you that this season (2016-2017) is last, when the general sponsor of the championship is IBM. For 20 years, IBM has supported ACM-ICPC, investing millions of dollars annually. Thank you, IBM! At the moment, the model is actively being worked out, when there will be not one general sponsor, but there will be a fund in which several companies will participate. At the opening ceremony the Sport Programming Foundation was mentioned. I believe this Foundation will be the main one for the future seasons of the championship. However, these are not yet close plans.

    It was announced that the next three years the general sponsor of ACM-ICPC will be JetBrains! This is amazing news. Particularly pleased that this is actually a Russian company, and its executive director Maxim Shafirov coached the team of St. Petersburg State University, which became the world champion in 2000! I'm sure that the wonderful development environment from JetBrains in the future finals of the championship will await us as a pleasant bonus.

  • There is a reform of the qualifying stages of the championship. For example, now Rissian+ regional contest (NEERC) is not part of the European Regionals, but is a separate league of the Northern Eurasia. In general, eight leagues (read, super-regions) were singled out: Europe, Northern Eurasia, North America, Latin and South America, two leagues in Asia, Africa and probably Australia and Oceania. It is planned that each league will have its own separate finals with medals and the top 12 teams from each league will receive a ticket to the World Finals. While these are still distant plans, but the first steps have already been taken. Discusses its quota on the number of participations in the league finals (3 times).

  • Unfortunately, this year a significant part of the teams did not receive a visa at all (5 teams) and a dozen more could not arrive completely because of the visa problems of one of the participants. Saratov State University, apparently, is among them. It was announced the decision to invite to the next Wold Finals without any selections and quota accounting for 5 teams that could not come this year. In addition, it is proposed to give a +1 year to participate (without taking into account any other requirements) to all teams that could not arrive completely.

  • The next Finals will be held in Beijing, and a year later — in Kochi (India).

Such news.

 
 
 
 
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Will there be online live transmission or something? Petr ?

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My heart came into my mouth when I first saw this.

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Have I just read that 2019 world finals will be in India??:)

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It was announced the decision to invite to the next Wold Finals without any selections and quota accounting for 5 teams that could not come this year. In addition, it is proposed to give a +1 year to participate (without taking into account any other requirements) to all teams that could not arrive completely.

MikeMirzayanov my university is among those five universities who couldn't get a visa, what if another team from the same university qualified for Beijing finals, is there gonna be two teams from the same university in Beijing WF or what???

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    Yes

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    My team from Universidad De Pinar Del Río (I'm the coach) could not attend ACM ICPC WF 2017, but we will be attending on 2018's edition. We won't be needing visas to get to China. Thanks ICPC !

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Which teams are affected by visa problems besides 3 teams from Syria?

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    One participant from a Russian team (Higher School of Economics, Moscow) was unable to obtain visa in time due to prolonged administrative processing.

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      Also one guy from Saratov doesn't get visa by the same reasons.

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    The visa was denied to all members of team "Universidad de Pinar del Rio" (Cuba) on two different ocations

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I really like the idea of league-level contests. It could give teams one more occasion to compete and bridge the gap between regional level and WF level, which is quite large at the moment.

It should also reduce the year-to-year unfairness in WF selection. If you happen to be in a year where your regional has a few really strong teams and the number of slots that year isn't big, then you'll be at a disadvantage, while in the larger leagues this effect will be diluted.

Do you have a more precise definition "distant plans"? Does it mean in 2~3 years?

(As an aside, sending 12 teams from Australia and Oceania seems a bit over the top, but I guess this still has to be negotiated. :P)

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    I hope they will start the processing very soon..current formation is really unfair

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    ACM-ICPC Asia Council elected five members to join ICPC 2026 Committee. http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_b946da100102wyby.html So I would guess the "distant plans" will be carried out within 10 years.

    By the way, Asia currently has three sub-regions and 45 slots (38 participation slots). I would prefer to merge Australia and Oceania into Asia first, then split Asia and Oceania into three parts.

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Shall we start a list of ICPC2018 participants already XD

So glad for these teams, they got what they deserve. Congrats buddies :D

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I don't get it... so there will be some reform next year or this is just the plan?

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Fair enough, Thank you ICPC :D

My team is one of these 5 teams.

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Jetbrains is so generous. Guess it's time to give Kotlin a try.

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China ! Come on !

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"It was announced the decision to invite to the next Wold Finals without any selections and quota accounting for 5 teams that could not come this year."

"Wold Finals". Please fix this.

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is it rated?

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Hopefully the JetBrains sponsorship mean we can get Kotlin support or IntelliJ in the images.

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    That seems to be the plan:

    "Alongside the financial support, we will also be providing access to our development tools, CLion, IntelliJ IDEA and PyCharm in particular, to participants, starting with the next round of Regional Contests. In addition, we are extremely proud that Kotlin will be offered as an additional programming language for the 2018 World Finals, together with C++, Java and Python. We believe both our tools and the Kotlin language can help contestants solve the challenges and tasks even more effectively."