Thursday, November 20, 2008

ACM ICPC Philippines 2008: Message From the Dr. Rafael Saldaña, Contest Director


Welcome to the Second Philippine National Inter-Collegiate Programming Competition (ACM ICPC Philippines 2008) hosted by the University of San Jose Recoletos (USJR, Basak Campus, Cebu City) and organized by the Computing Society of the Philippines (CSP) in cooperation with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) .

More than 35 teams from 24 schools all over the Philippines (from as far as Tuguegarao, Cagayan in the North and Zamboanga City in the South) will compete for the national championship on Saturday, 22 November 2008 at the University of San Jose Recoletos (USJR), in Basak, Cebu City.

Each competing team consists of 3 college/university/higher education students. During the contest, each team will try to outsmart each other by solving 6 problems in 3 hours using a computer. The team with the most number of problems solved at the fastest time wins the competition.

The top spots at stake are: First Place (Champion), 2nd Place, and 3rd Place.

The ACM ICPC Philippines 2008 is affiliated witht the Asia Programming Contest (ACM ICPC Asia Regionals) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

In an ACM Regional Contest such as that in Kuala Lumpur the top teams (usually three) will qualify to the 2009 ACM ICPC World Finals to be held in Stockholm, Sweden in the First Quarter of 2009.

The ACM ICPC Philippines 2008 is a prestigious event that aims to raise the awareness of the public about the important role of Information Technology in the development of our country and our society. Its objective of bringing together bright and talented young people from different regions of the country to take part in a grueling friendly competition, like a mental olympiad, is very noble.

To all contestants, alternates, coaches, and observers: I hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to meet and interact with fellow competitors.

Thanks to my fellow judges, co-organizers, volunteers and sponsors for making the ACM ICPC Philippines 2008 a success.

(Sgd.) Rafael P. Saldaña, Ph.D.
ACM ICPC Philippines 2008
20 November 2008


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