ACM-ICPC World Finals 2016 in Phuket

ACM-ICPC World Finals 2016 in Phuket

ACM-ICPC 2014 World Finals were held in Russia.
ACM-ICPC 2014 World Finals were held in Russia.

The Prince of Songkla University and the Software Industry Promotion Agency (Sipa) will host the Association for Computing Machinery-International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ICPC) World Finals 2016 in Phuket, which runs from May 15-20.

The event's committee has recognised the potential of Prince of Songkla University and the availability of the accommodation and attractions in Phuket, therefore awarding the honour of hosting the World Finals to the university.

This year, the ACM-ICPC 2015 World Finals are being staged in Marrakesh, Morocco, where 128 world finalist teams, from a field of over 300,000 in computing disciplines worldwide, competed for awards, prizes and bragging rights. These teams represent the best of the great universities on six continents. The World Finals will close today.

The contest pits teams of three university students against eight or more complex, real-world problems, with a gruelling five-hour deadline. Huddled around a single computer, competitors race against the clock in a battle of logic, strategy and mental endurance.

Teammates collaborate to rank the difficulty of the problems, deduce the requirements, design test beds, and build software systems that solve the problems under the intense scrutiny of expert judges. For a well-versed computer science student, some of the problems require precision only. Others require a knowledge and understanding of advanced algorithms. Still others are simply too hard to solve — except for the world's brightest problem-solvers.

According to Sipa acting director Gen Sophon Wekkawakyanon, the contest provides opportunities to exchange knowledge and experience among participants and experts from all over the world. The event also serves as an opportunity to leverage the skills and inspiration of students and Thai software developers.

Participants of ACM-ICPC World Finals 2016 will be joined by contestants and coaches representing the university finalists of the event, about 130 teams from around the region, leading universities around the world, staff and judges, along with foreign media, totalling about 1,300 people.

The opening ceremony will be held at the Arena Theatre, Phuket FantaSea, while Stone Bridge, Phuket, will be the venue for competition.

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