Saturday, November 7, 2009

ACM ICPC Asia Manila 2009: Media Release

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CHAMPION, ACM ICPC Asia Manila 2009, Team 'Mga SOGO ni E.T.', University of the Philippines-Diliman, and First Place, 3rd Philippine National Programming Competition

First Runner-Up (Second Place), ACM ICPC Asia Manila 2009, Team 'Passion', Ho Chi Minh University of Science, Vietnam

Second Runner-Up (3rd Place), ACM ICPC Asia Manila, Team 'NUSSOC1', National University of Singapore

Second Place, 3rd Philippine National Programming Competition, Team 'SOGOng long ong moy poso', University of the Philippines-Diliman

Third Place, 3rd Philippine National Programming Competetion, Team 'LCD ver. 2', Ateneo de Manila University

U.P. Wins International Collegiate Programming Contest

A team from the University of the Philippines-Diliman won first place in the 2009 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) Asia-Manila Regional Competition held recently at the Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines with IBM as the event sponsor.

Team "Mga SOGO ni E.T." solved 10 out of 10 problems to emerge as the Champion. The team consists of Kevin Charles Atienza, 3 BS Computer Science; John Eddie Ayson, 3 BS Computer Engineering; and Marte Raphael Soliza, 5 BS Computer Science. Their coach representative is Mr. Eric Tambasacan.

The first runner-up is Team 'Passion' from Ho Chi Minh City University of Science, Vietnam. Members of the team are as follows: Pham Tuan Vu, rinh Tran Dang Khoa, and Le Do Hoan Nam. Their coach is Dang Nguyen Tien.

The second runner-up is Team 'NUSSOC1' from the National University of Singapore. Team members are Victor Loh Bo Huai, Adhiraj Somani, and Doon Hanh Hung. Their coach is Steven Halim.

ACM stands for Association for Computing Machineries, one of the most prestigious I.T. organization in the world. Each year, ACM holds the ICPC participated by thousands of teams from hundreds of universities worldwide. From selected regional sites in 6 continents, winning teams advance to the World Finals. The ACM ICPC World Finals will be held on Feb 1 - 6, 2010 in Harbin, China.

The ACM ICPC is a team competition consisting of 3 collegiate students and a coach. Each team is given a set of programming tasks (from 8 to 10 problems) to be solved in 5 hours using a standard computer and programming languages such as C, C++, and Java.

55 teams from 4 countries and 23 schools participated in the ACM ICPC Asia Manila Regional held October 22 - 23, 2009 in Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines.

This was the first time that a team from the Philippines has won an ACM ICPC Asia Regional competition and the third time that Philippine Team advanced to an ACM ICPC World Finals.

Also, this was the third time that Ateneo de Manila University hosted an ACM Asia Regional Competition.

This year's Asia Manila contest director was Dr. Rafael Saldaña of Ateneo de Manila University. The members of the Board of Judges, from the Computing Society of the Philippines (CSP), were the following:

  • Dr. Henry Adorna (University of the Philippines - Diliman)

  • Dr. Caslon Chua (De La Salle University - Manila)

  • Dr. Pablo Manalastas (Ateneo de Manila University) (Chief Judge)

  • Dr. Nelson Marcos (De La Salle University - Manila)

  • Dr. Felix Muga II (Ateneo de Manila University)

  • Dr. Rafael Saldaña (Ateneo de Manila University)

  • Dr. Allan Sioson (Ateneo de Naga University)

  • Dr. Kardi Teknomo (Ateneo de Manila University)

  • John Michael Yap (University of the Philippines-Diliman)

Below is a list of the Top 10 Schools that participated in the 2009 ACM ICPC Asia Manila Competition:

1. University of the Philippines - Diliman (PHILIPPINES)
2. Ho Chi Minh City University of Science (VIETNAM)
3. National University of Singapore (SINGAPORE)
4. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HONG KONG)
5. University of Hong Kong (HONG KONG)
6. Ateneo de Manila University (PHILIPPINES)
7. De La Salle University - Manila (PHILIPPINES)
8. University of the Philippines - Los Banos (PHILIPPINES)
9. Ateneo de Naga University (PHILIPPINES)
10. University of Immaculate Conception - Davao (PHILIPPINES)

The following teams received special awards:

  • 'Passion', Ho Chi minh University of Science, Vietnam, Best Foreign Team
  • 'Mga SOGO ni E.T.', U.P. Diliman, Best Team from the Philippines
  • 'SOGOng long ong moy poso', U.P. Diliman, 2nd Best Team from the Philippines
  • 'LCD ver. 2', Ateneo de Manila University, 3rd Best Team from the Philippines
  • 'Mga SOGO ni E.T.', U.P. Diliman, Best Team from Metro Manila
  • 'Lemorcichein', U.P. Los Banos, Best Team from Luzon (Outside Metro Manila)
  • 'Jaguars', University of San Jose-Recoletos, Best Team from the Visayas
  • 'You I See (Ark)', University of Immaculate Conception-Davao, Best Team from Mindanao

The ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) traces its roots to a competition held at Texas A&M in 1970 hosted by the Alpha Chapter of the UPE Computer Science Honor Society. The idea quickly gained popularity within the United States and Canada as an innovative initiative to assist in the development of top students in the emerging field of computer science.

The contest evolved into a multi-tier competition with the first Finals held at the ACM Computer Science Conference in 1977. Headquartered at Baylor University since the 1980s, the contest has expanded into a global network of universities hosting regional competitions that advance teams to the World Finals.

Since IBM became sponsor in 1997, the contest has increased by a several factors. Participation has grown to involve several tens of thousands of the finest students and faculty in computing disciplines at over 1,600 universities from more than 70 countries on six continents.

The contest fosters creativity, teamwork, and innovation in building new software programs, and enables students to test their ability to perform under pressure. It is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious programming contest in the world.

For more information, visit the contest website:

or contact:

Rafael P. Saldaña, Ph.D.
Contest Director Asia Programming Contest - Manila Site
Rm. 317, SEC Bld. A
Mathematics Department
School of Science and Engineering
Ateneo de Manila University Loyola Heights, Quezon City 1108
Tel. +63 2 4266125
Fax. +63 2 4266126
Mobile: +63 928 5043121


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